Six years ago several of members of our group, KenTen Writers Group, began a writing retreat. The first one was held in the fall of the year, which wasn’t the best time. The rates were good at the park we used, but it was too cold to enjoy being outside. This first retreat had six attendees. We rented a cabin at Kentucky Lake State Park for the two nights we would be there. Each attendee brought food, we did eat well. We also did a play called “Mulligan’s Island,” which was written by one of our members, Susan Page Davis.
We decided the next year to venture out to another area and rent a house. There were six of us again, but some hadn’t come the previous year. Again we took food, and we invited a guest from Mississippi, Patricia Bradley. It was a beautiful setting, but hard to get to. Some of us, including myself, became lost. Let’s say the directions we were given by the owner was not the easiest directions. We made it and had a great time. Remember the movie “Deliverance”? That’s how I felt.
The next year we rented a cabin at Kentucky Dam Village State Park. It was a much better setting, and we had seven that year. See we were growing. Again we cooked, had classes, got to know each other. And relaxed in the park. That year and the year before we didn’t do a play. We had more sessions and learned more about writing.
Kentucky Dam Village State Park was the sight for the fourth retreat. They have very nice cabins. We grew to nine that year. Again we did not do our play, but we had a lot of fun. Authors from other states were invited.
Last year, our fifth year, we went to Paris Landing State Park in Tennessee for our retreat. We had twenty-seven attendees from five states. This was a more professionally planned event, and Paris Landing is a beautiful place to stay. We started the retreat with a barbecue on the lake, and everyone had a great time. We decided to bring back our play this year with our group members being part of the cast. Everyone enjoyed “All the World’s a Stage.”
Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Nashville, TN will be our venue for this year’s retreat. We will start with a barbecue at a unique place, Church Hollow Pavilion. Montgomery Bell is a very historic place. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church began there, and we will be eating beside the historic church. We are pleased that thirty authors decided to join us.
This is a very special retreat for all of us in KenTen Writers Group. We will honor the late Sandra Robbins by presenting the Sandra Robbins Inspirational Award to an author who entered our writing contest. Sandra encouraged our retreats and our writing. We miss her, but her legacy lives on in all of us.
We’re looking forward to several days of writing, learning, and getting to know authors from six states. This is the first conference for several of our attendees. It is going to be so much fun. We’ll begin planning for next year’s retreat soon after this one. It will be so much fun.