Last week, a group of spiritual writers met on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Washington for the Collegeville Institute off-site fall writing workshop Writing Spirit, Writing Faith: A Week with Mary Potter. As in years past, participants stayed at the Whidbey Institute.
Before the workshop, participants submitted poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction work, which they workshopped as a group in the afternoons. Mornings were left free for open writing time. Workshop facilitator Mary Potter also led afternoon sessions on craft and held one-on-one meetings with each writer.
When asked about what the best part of the workshop was for them, one writer mentioned “the profound community.” In their evaluation of the week, another participant reflected: “I’ve been to some good workshops and this was the best. The writing is honored throughout as worthy of both celebration and improvement. [Mary Potter] was adept at directing focus, tactfully re-directing, and summarizing. She knows the craft of writing and shares her knowledge with enthusiasm.”