Writer’s Retreat 2016 by Jenna Jaxon


For the past week I’ve been on retreat with my local RWA chapter, Chesapeake Romance Writers. This year, for the first time, we rented a house at the Outer Banks, up in Corolla, and some of us—including yours truly—got to spend an entire week.

Living Room

The house was big, but on a floor-plan that put the kitchen and most writing spaces on the top floor.

Pool and Deck

Pool and Deck

There were three floors, the basement with a pool, hot tub, and pool table, the main bedroom floor, and then the upper floor with kitchen and two dining areas, plus decks on each floor and off some of the bedrooms.


There was even a Crow’s Nest.

The Crow's Nest

The Crow’s Nest

View From the Crow's Nest

View From the Crow’s Nest

The main focus, as always, is writing.





My main goal was to finish a Regency novella for inclusion in an upcoming boxed set to be released in July. I am happy to say that diligence has paid off and the first draft (and half the second) have been completed while I was down here.

My Main Writing Nook

My Main Writing Nook

My total counts as of the end of the conference were 103 pages: 63 typed, 40 hand written, including 28,568 words. The final count should be somewhere around 30K, although that will certainly vary as I know the final two chapters will need extensive revisions. Still, I cn say with satisfaction that I completed the first draft of Heart of Delight during my Writer’s Retreat.

We are already planning Writer’s Retreat 2017, so if anyone is interested and live near Virginia, come on down!


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1 Response to Writer’s Retreat 2016 by Jenna Jaxon

  1. Susan Hanniford Crowley says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Absolutely, when you have the details for registering for next year’s retreat, please, post them!
    Thanks so much for your inside look of a retreat.
    – Susan

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