RAC Writers Retreat provided guidance and writing time in a beautiful park

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Writing time during the Spring 2022 Writers Retreat at Rolling View State Park. Source: Kim Beall, FCAC Writers Guild

The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild held its annual Writers Retreat after having to put it on hold for two years due to Covid. The one-day event took place at Rolling View State Park in the park’s Community Building, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Author David Halperin, Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council
Author David Halperin, Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council

David Halperin, author of the popular book Journey of a ufologist, was a guest speaker. He challenged writers to answer the questions of what constitutes success in the writer’s mind, how many people must recognize their talents for it to be enough, and what is their spiritual anchor while they write. ? He then opened the floor to questions from the participants.

After the program, participants dispersed to find a private space in the park for a day of writing. Towards the end of the afternoon, the writers were invited to read some of what they had been working on all day.

Jackie Dove-Miller, Guild member, poet and spoken word artist, had this to say about the retreat: “There is something magical for me about this annual writers’ retreat. The setting is perfect for accelerating my creative juices. I also love the sharing that happens at the end of the day. It still feels like an even creative exhale.

Spring 2022 Writers' Retreat participants. Credit: Kim Beall, ACFC Writers' Guild
Spring 2022 Writers’ Retreat participants. Credit: Kim Beall, ACFC Writers’ Guild

After the retreat, Kim Beall, who is the guild’s team leader, announced an upcoming gathering for local writers on the fifth Wednesday in June!

The Writers Guild will hold a meet and greet on Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 10 a.m., at Beaver Dam State Park near Creedmoor at shelter #23. To follow this link (PDF) for a map with the Writers’ Guild meeting address (14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC) and GPS information.

Note that the park charges an entrance fee of $7 per car. Be prepared to pay this at the ranger stand when entering the park.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is welcome to come. Bring a lunch, a pen and paper and your questions. All levels of writing experience will be comfortable at this event. Visit the group’s webpage at http://www.fcacarts.org/writers-guild.aspx or updates on their activities.

Source: Writers Guild, Franklin County Arts Council

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