Dec. 2017 Update #2 Banff
Another occasional update on my journey writing Torrents As Yet Unknown: Exploring Earth’s Great River Gorges. I’m now home after 3 weeks working on Torrents at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The Banff Film & Book Festival was also running the first week we were there: more puff parkas than Aspen & Vail & Jackson Hole combined; crowds from Japan & Europe & the Americas; 3 or more venues screening films, reading book excerpts, interviewing celebrities all day; parties all night. A scene to be seen.
And the annual Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program was a great experience. 8 peer writers to workshop with – all published, amazing variety of backgrounds and projects. (Yes, I did qualify as the oldest.) And we each had a cool little studio set back in the woods of the private “artists’ colony”. Two writer/editor professionals as mentors; mine was Tony Whittome, with more than 20 years as an editor with Random House. Overall, I workshopped two chapters, finished first draft of another, and got a detailed review and critique of my book proposal and three chapters from Tony.
Of course, the upshot is I now have major revisions to make to everything I had written so far!
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!