Driftwood Lodge Bed and Breakfast is about twenty minutes west of Smithers, BC. We gathered to connect and to share what it means to be a rural writer. From beginning to end, it was a peaceful, enlightening and inspiring weekend. Everything a writer could ask for.
You can't tell by the photograph below, but beneath that layer of clouds is the town of Smithers, BC.
The lodge is situated on 114 acres with breathtaking views of Bulkley Valley. It's approximately 340 km northwest of my home in Cluculz Lake. While those of us in Vanderhoof, Cluculz Lake, and Prince George sit on top of the mountains in the Bulkley Nechako and see only hills around us, Smithers is located in the valley and has spectacular views of the Hudson Bay Mountains and Telkwa Range.
|Through the front door is an unique inside door that opens to two chairs waiting|
|a comfortable room...|
|Writers in Residence with an abundance of quiet.|
|A workshop on what it means to be a rural writer.|
|Fifteen exceptionally gifted writers who are now friends.|
Many thanks to organizing team: Amanda Follett and Gail Hochachka. Thanks to workshop leaders: Jane Stevenson, Sheila Peters, Ali Howard, and Sarah de Leeuw. And a special thank you to Antoinette Austin for sharing her knowledge and wonder for the Art of Aboriginal Storytelling. Thank you, Birdy and Jennifer. It was a lovely, restful, and inspiring weekend.