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Your Sequester Defined…

November 23, 2013

Sequester – definition: to remove from use, or withdraw into solitude or retirement : seclude

strawberry creek

Withdrawing into our own magical world of words, is most certainly a writer’s dream. Whether we imagine it to be a beach house, a woodland cabin or a study with a lock on the door – having our own solitary space has magical ramifications. We imagine our greatest work revealing itself as we sit in solitude, allowing our muse full reign on our time.

I was fortunate to attend a retreat in February 2012 at Strawberry Creek. With several other members of my writing group in attendance, we managed to revise, edit and write new and existing manuscripts. With the choice of writing alone or in a group, everyone found their comfort zone. Gathering together for meals, which are made for us and evening conversation in front of a roaring fire, it was a perfect sequester from our every day lives.

The plan is to enjoy this retreat again in the spring of 2014. I am so looking forward to it. A long weekend of words and like minded people, what more could you possibly ask for?

Have you been on a retreat?

Was it all you wish it to be?

If you could have your own ‘retreat’ where would it be?

Part of the lounge/library at Strawberry Creek.



  1. I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat, but it sounds like a great way to really focus on your writing.


  2. Sounds divine, Mandy. I have been on several retreats and you’re right, there’s nothing quite like them not only for productivity, but also for really getting into your work and getting a feel for it. It’s a something you only achieve to that extent when you get the chance to bury yourself in a piece for an extended period of time, which most of us don’t get a chance to do often, if we’re doing this around a full time job, family or other commitments.

    I have been to Ty Newydd in Wales ( with my MA course in 2007 and have been twice to Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire ( in the last year or two which has enabled me to make tremendous progress and allowed me to connect with my work on a whole new level.

    If it were up to me I’d go away all the time 🙂

    Have an amazing time in 2014


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