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10 Things to do on a Writers’ Retreat/Girls-Only Weekend! (Contest)
Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Gail Siuba!

This coming weekend (unless some catastrophe occurs), I’ll be visiting my sister, Elle James, along with our good friend Cynthia D’Alba in northern Arkansas for a writers’ retreat! It will be fun to spend time with other writers and to catch up with each other as friends. I’m already making a list of things I want to accomplish this weekend. You know, me and my lists! 🙂

Here’s a fun list of 10 things we can do on our retreat…

  • ☕ Drink coffee in the morning while chatting about our stories
  • 🤔 Think about the writing
  • 💡 Find our inspiration
  • ✍🏼 Then… Write! Write! Write! Write! Write!
  • 🍷 Drink some wine!
  • 🧀 What’s wine without cheese?
  • 🏊‍♀️ Swimming
  • 🍽️ Eat some good food
  • 🍦 Reward oneself with ice cream for a good day of writing
  • 🍫 Eat some chocolate just because!

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon GC,
tell me five things you’d do on Girls-Only Weekend!

20 comments to “10 Things to do on a Writers’ Retreat/Girls-Only Weekend! (Contest)”

  1. Debra Guyette
    · August 29th, 2023 at 6:02 am · Link

    I think a massage would be perfect.

  2. Melanie Jayne/M. Jayne
    · August 29th, 2023 at 6:40 am · Link

    That sounds awesome.
    I’m jealous– I wish I was invited!!

  3. Cynthia D'Alba
    · August 29th, 2023 at 7:08 am · Link

    Sounds like an excellent plan!

  4. Elaine Bishop
    · August 29th, 2023 at 7:13 am · Link

    Drink wine
    Have a spa day
    Take in some sights
    Catch up with each other

  5. Stephanie
    · August 29th, 2023 at 7:39 am · Link

    We just did a girls weekend at the beach last month. We had breakfast, coffee, beach time, water park time, snack time, did a little shopping and went to a nice dinner. There was so much more to do but we didn’t want to be so rushed we didn’t enjoy ourselves.

  6. cindy
    · August 29th, 2023 at 8:48 am · Link

    That’s actually a hard question for me. Almost 70 and I’ve never been on one of those. I guess the theme and destination would sort of provide direction. I don’t like coffee or alcohol (personal preference). I am Italian, so food is a must. I love yard sales and such and enjoy shopping (though more looking than buying). I prefer cooler weather. If it were a writing weekend or retreat, besides the above I think deep brainstorming and sharing of plots would be in the picture. So my 5 would be: eating, plotting, shopping, relaxing, and writing.

  7. Colleen C.
    · August 29th, 2023 at 12:16 pm · Link

    hang out chilling
    dinner/ drinks

  8. Mary Preston
    · August 29th, 2023 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Eat a lot
    Laugh a lot
    Talk a lot
    Drink a lot
    Dance a lot

  9. Elaine Howell
    · August 29th, 2023 at 7:06 pm · Link

    1 Read good books.

    2 Talk about the books you have read.

    3 Talk about your family.

    4 Eat good food with good friends.

    5 Sit around in comfy clothes and read.

  10. ButtonsMom
    · August 29th, 2023 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I hope you have a wonderful time and that Hurricane Idalia doesn’t mess up your plans! It’s been a while since I’ve seen Elle but I’ll be seeing Cynthia at Books at the Beach in September. One of these days I’m going to get to meet you, too. 🥰

    1. Talk
    2. Read
    3. Eat
    4. Talk some more
    5. Read

  11. BN
    · August 29th, 2023 at 10:01 pm · Link


  12. Mary McCoy
    · August 30th, 2023 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Antiquing, try out new restaurants, massages, read books outloud to each other, TALK!

  13. Jennifer Beyer
    · August 30th, 2023 at 8:55 pm · Link

    1. Laugh
    2. Go to a bakery
    3. Avoid our kids
    4. Go to a really nice restaurant
    5. Sleep whenever we want!

  14. Beverly
    · August 31st, 2023 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Have a movie night with popcorn, movie candies & some really good drinks.
    Enjoy an early morning visit with coffee & bagels, discussing new book ideas
    Stay in your jammies for one whole day while writing
    No social media….post the pictures after the week is over
    Have yourself some great evening meals.

    Hope you have a great time while away, no matter what you end up doing.

  15. Sara D
    · September 1st, 2023 at 8:27 pm · Link

    1. Read
    2. Discuss what we are reading and suggest new authors to read
    3. Go to a coffee shop and have a coffee klutch where readers can by surprised when they drop by.
    4. Write a round story where each person contributes to the story.
    5. Plan the next Girls Weekend

  16. Kerry
    · September 3rd, 2023 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Fun wonderful dinner
    Bar hopping

  17. Diane Sallans
    · September 3rd, 2023 at 5:23 pm · Link

    nice breakfast – a little shopping, maybe in a cute town or a fleamarket, snack lunch, nap, casual dinner with yummy food & wine or beer

  18. Rachel Blackburn
    · September 6th, 2023 at 8:31 am · Link

    Your weekend sounds fun!!!

    I think on a girl’s only weekend we would *enjoy mani/pedis
    *take a nature walk
    *have brunch
    *do a paint n sip
    *play old school board games

  19. Gail Siuba
    · September 7th, 2023 at 11:09 pm · Link

    My first choice would be a massage. Second, would be a mani-pedi. The third would be relaxing at the pool with a cocktail. Fourth, would be a nice steak dinner and another drink. Lastly, would be a show, i.e.: Vegas style. LOL
    If I’m going to dream, this would be an awesome day or two.

  20. Delilah
    · September 10th, 2023 at 3:57 am · Link

    Thanks to everyone for sharing!

    The winner of the GC is…Gail Siuba!

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