Vienna Writers 2012 Retreat
For five days in May, a group of us Vienna Writers retreated to the idyllic lakeside town of St Wolfgang (at the Wolfgangsee) to indulge ourselves in our writing. Some of us wrote short stories; others, novel chapters. We took breaks to read our work to one another, and to give feedback. We all agreed that it was most useful to have someone else read our work aloud: We really got a sense of those “sags” in our stories, or when something just didn’t work.
I worked on two short stories. One, I will submit to the Bridport Prize competition, which closes at the end of this month. The other, despite my best efforts, needs more work (something that became readily apparent during a reading).
We also discussed a Vienna Writer’s short story collection, and an original theme or concept to bind these stories together. We think we may have found it. I’m afraid I’m sworn to secrecy at this stage. Publication date: end of 2013.
When we weren’t writing or discussing our writing, we took breaks to explore the town and the lakeside, and various cafes and restaurants and “wirtshaus” type establishments. The cuisine, we all thought, was as agreeable as the location.
Anyway, the writers’ retreat was a success. By the end of it we were already talking about a winter retreat, when we can hole ourselves up in a snow-bound lodge and create dark masterpieces. I hope it happens.