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Photos of Costa Rica Retreat (Winter 2012)

My January 2012 writers’ retreat in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica, was a colourful and activity-filled adventure thanks in large part to host Jamie Wood, owner of Namaste Gardens. A wonderful group of writers followed me down to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast for this writing and travel experience and I’m grateful for their enthusiasm, their creativity, their willingness to share stories close to their hearts, and their warm support  and encouragement of one another. Thank you, Christine, Rick, Janet, Jerome, Mary, Gina, Amy, Linda, Sylvia, Patrick, Alison, Abbie — and Jamie too.

A special thanks also to our guest speakers, William Deverell and Sandra Shaw Homer, for sharing with us their insights on the writing life. Check out “10 Writing Tips from Author William Deverell (on a Costa Rica morning)” and Sandra Shaw Homer’s beautiful guest post “Writing from the Heart.”

Photos here are by Allyson Latta, Rick Brazeau and Christine Barbetta. Click a photo once to enlarge.

“Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don't try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try to polish every sentence there's a chance you'll never get past the first chapter.”– Iain Banks