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Postcard from Interlochen College of Creative Arts

I'm at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan for the next two weeks. Patty and I have just done our first day teaching the Journal and Sketchbook class to a group of five adults, and it went really well. There are 40 people here for the week. Some are taking our workshop, others are taking workshops in Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir. On Monday afternoon Patty read from some of her published fiction and I gave a video-assisted presentation on my work to the whole group. It took place in the beautiful Writers' Building, which has these enormous pillars made from small rocks:

It's also supported by these gigantic columns made from tree trunks, about five feet in circumference and maybe 25 feet high:

In the evening Anne-Marie Oomen, who runs this writer's retreat, gave a reading from her own memoir:

Even after the first half day, there was a vibrant feeling of shared creativity in the air. All of the people attending have used precious holiday time and paid good money to be here, so they're all excited, willing, and raring to go.

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