This is the week we would have held our third Milford Writers’ Retreat at the wonderful Trigonos in North Wales. Sadly Coronavirus intervened. Trigonos is still closed as per government instructions.
Had it been legal to run the week a few of our number were willing to give it a go, since Trigonos informed us that they’d worked out a way for the staff to social distance, however a few of us fall into the vulnerable category, so we would have gone ahead with reduced numbers.
As you can see with the photo from last year social distancing amongst the writers would be difficult. Yes, theoretically we attend the retreat to have some uninterrupted writing time, but coffee breaks and meal times are very sociable, and that side of it is what makes the retreat work so well. Yes, you are writing on your own for most of the day, but those sociable breaks mean that you can take a break, give and receive encouragement, or simply have a laugh and relax amongst people who get it.
The eight writers who were signed up for the June retreat have all agreed to roll on their deposits to the next Milford Retreat which will be held at Trigonos from 8th – 15th May 2021. We can accept up to 12 attendees, so that means we have four available places. If you’re interested, there are details and an application form here: http://www.milfordsf.co.uk/retreats.htm
While you’re thinking about the retreat, have some lovely photos of our venue, Trigonos and the surrounding area.
Jacey Bedford writes science fiction and fantasy and is published by DAW in the USA. She is the hon. sec of Milford, and she maintains this blog.
email: jacey (at) jaceybedford.co.uk
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