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Niagara On The Lake Writers’ Retreat

You can watch the replay or listen to the audio-only version for the Niagara On The Lake Writers’ Retreat presentation below. There’s also a timestamped overview of the interview below the audio.


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📚 Timestamped overview (AI generated)

00:01:03 Excited to be here, housekeeping items, chat box, Q&A later, riding retreat, introduce yourselves.
00:06:10 Collaboration and communication are essential for writers to improve and succeed in the writing process. It is crucial to connect with other writers and be aware of the wider world to gain experience and inspiration.
00:09:50 We focus on writers, have workshops, retreat includes workshopping for improvement.
00:13:31 Bring tablet, phone, chargers. Casual attire. Vineyard dinner, ghost tour. Pack light for hotel stay.
00:15:30 An open mind is important for writers to embrace new experiences and be ready to learn. It’s okay to come away with only a few valuable takeaways. Having a strong heart helps handle criticism effectively. Courage is needed to share work and face fears.
00:20:23 Niagara on the Lake, a magical spot in Ontario with US border, offers history, vineyards, theater culture.
00:22:02 Battle of Niagara venue with rich history and inspiring location near the river and lake.
00:26:04 The hotel focuses on comfortable amenities, such as mattresses, TVs, and updated bathrooms. Rooms have vintage touches, sitting areas, fridges, espresso machines, and fireplaces. There is a shared kitchen and snacks are encouraged. The hotel is close to the village and self-sufficient.
00:29:38 Breakfast provided. Group dinners for first night, then participants can choose meals individually.
00:34:27 The ever-changing literary world challenges aspiring writers and independent publishing is valued over traditional methods. Improving writing skills is prioritized over how one is published.
00:37:50 Fantastic tour of antique printing shop with working presses. Mackenzie Press, bridging US and Canada. Private tour being arranged.
00:41:14 The first day includes registration, a meal, a workshop on myth busting, and free time. Susan will lead a workshop on breaking bad habits in the evening, followed by dinner and a ghost walk.
00:43:35 It’s important to keep an open mind at retreats and stay connected with people as they could become writing community. Stick to goals and continue thinking and planning about writing.
00:48:13 There is a historical walk with markers and a fort near the hotel.
00:49:50 The speaker expresses gratitude for support and announces the end of Season 1, plans for Season 2 and a new podcast. Thanks everyone.


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