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The “Write Stuff” at the Quint

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Kelli Hines | No Comments

The Writing Retreat at the Quint, sponsored by the South Central Chapter, was a fantastic experience! It was designed to give librarians time to work and get feedback on library research projects for future publication. The beautiful Anschutz Medical Center Library hosted the retreat from October 12-13. The library offered an array of comfy chairs, study rooms, and desks, including standing desks and even treadmill desks. SCC provided food, snacks, and coffee and tea.

treadmill desk

Jack Bullion tries out the treadmill desk. Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again!

Four of the five MLA chapters sent representatives. Lynn Kysh, Deborah Schneider, and Kelli Hines attended from MLGSCA.

MLGSCA writing retreat

L to R: Deb Schneider, Kelli Hines, and Lynn Kysh. Also featured: beautiful autumn leaves!

First, everyone met together to discuss the expectations and then split off to go research or write for blocks of three hours at a time before regrouping. All the attendants benefited from the large chunks of dedicated and quiet writing time. It is remarkable how much you can accomplish without distractions! At the end of the first day, everyone printed a copy of what they had written and a list of questions for feedback. The next day, the rest of the group provided constructive criticism based on the questions and time was allotted to incorporate that feedback into the next draft.

feedback

Xan Goodman listens attentively to feedback from the other attendees.

I appreciated the opportunity to focus on my writing and meet wonderful people from other chapters. Thanks to SCC for your hard work in arranging this retreat! If you get a chance to attend a future writing retreat, go for it! It is well worth the time.

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