@Field’sEnd 2012 Writers’ Conference – Bainbridge Islandwr

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Scribo ergo sum.”- binNotes

“At the field’s end, in the corner missed by the mower,

Where the turf drops off into a grass-hidden culvert,

Haunt of the cat-bird, nesting-place of the field-mouse…

One learned of the eternal…”

– from “The Far Field,” Theodore Roethke

binNotes head hurts. Too much information this weekend, dear readers – not enough wine!

Why? You already know binNotes’ manifesto: “I write, therefore I am.” (Not to be confused with binNotes credo: “I write about wine, with occasional forays into food and travel, because it’s fun.”)  Hence binNotes pilgrimage to Bainbridge Island, WA this weekend to attend Field’s End 2012 Writers’ Conference and celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Say yes to the best in literary inspiration…

Inspiration in the form of an idyllic venue:  IslandWood Outdoor Learning Center, settled amidst the trees on Bainbridge Island.  Inspiration from the sustainable, local, and organic fare served family-style to help keep the creative juices flowing.

Best of all, inspiration from the jaw-dropping array of literary luminaries on hand.  It doesn’t get any better than opening remarks by Field’s End co-founder “Snow Falling On Cedars” author David Guterson, Writing Prompts led by  “All About Lulu”  chapeau-sporting author Jonathan Evison, Keynote by brilliant best-selling thriller writer Barry Eisler (breaking down the state of publishing), and closing remarks by award-winning author Susan Wingate.

All this plus the various breakout workshops led by eminent professionals such as Alice Acheson, Langdon Cook, Judith Kitchen, Bruce Barcott, Sage Cohen, and Jessica Page Morrell. Exhausting, yes – but worth the ferry ride.

Note to self: Next Bainbridge Island post focus on the WINE! In the meantime…back to Scrivener. Cheers!

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