At brunch this morning, we tried something new, “flan de carrotes.” In the pictures, you can see Christina preparing for our afternoon writing workshop, along with Stephanie, Nannie and other participants in the Blue Salon. Some of us wrote one act plays , new poems, novel excerpts, screen plays, and short stories. We worked hard to upload our own by noon, and to read everyone’s work by 2:00 p.m. Then, we critiqued each other using Liz Lerman’s method during our afternoon workshop. A welcome break was feeding the chickens. They follow us around now that they know we are the bearers of baguettes. Some eggs are waiting to hatch! After some bouts of down pouring rain, the sun kept peaking out. We enjoyed a walk through the gardens and greenhouses. At dinner, another specialty appetizer was a terrine with chicken, carrots, green beans, and other vegetables. Dessert was crème au chocolat…mmmm….along with Chef Monique’s favorite family recipe for “yogurt bread.”
At night, some of us relaxed during knitting circle. Others did some creative writing or talked and over an herbal tea before bed. Elissa gave a wonderful afternoon yoga class in the courtyard. Everyone was treated to a little head massage with geranium oil. All in all, it was quiet and peaceful day at the Château de Verderonne and a productive workshop day.
– Diana Norma Szokolyai, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s Artistic Director