Northshore Wordsmiths is a Burlington, Ontario writing class and critique group composed of novice and experienced writers who meet bi-weekly to share their expertise and passion for the written word.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Ready, Set, Type!

The Northshore Wordsmiths kicked off the 2013/2014 season on Labour Day weekend with the 3-day novel-writing incentive. This was an opportunity to experience an intensive session of free flow writing in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Members were free to jump-start a new writing project or complete an existing one whether or not they registered for the official 3-day novel writing contest. 

Participants were invited to bring their writing tools, their inspiration or first sentence—“The fridge at work that day held our lunches, a bunch of urine samples, and a severed finger” was mine—as well as their bathing suits, pyjamas and favourite snacks/comfort food.

We convened on Friday evening at 9:00 for a writing stimulation session, and put fingertips to keyboards at 10:21 P.M. resting them 72 hours later, with breaks in between, of course.      

Although my final word count didn't come close to that of participants Bobbie Smith, Diana Walsh, and Jim Shephard, I put in a very productive writing weekend. All in all, a great start to the new season.  

Our hostess, Bobbie Smith (pictured above) gave us the countdown.  

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