Things To Pack For Your Next Writing Course #WritersLife #Swanwick70 #AmWriting #MondayBlogs

Here I sit at my computer to write yet another #MondayBlog in which I must admit that I have not yet finished my Pulitzer Prize book for the week. *hangs head in shame* I planned to enumerate the various reasons why I’ve failed to finish reading The Goldfinch, but, let’s face it, not one wants to read a blog post of me whining for 300 to 400 words. (If I’m wrong about that, please let me know as I could pretty much do that nonstop and no longer kill my brain cells trying to come up with blog ideas!)

As I’ve just returned from the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, I’ve decided to instead assist other writers in figuring out just what the heck they should pack when running off to their next writing seminar/school/etc. So, here it is, the all-important writer’s packing list.

Things to Remember

  • Number 1 on the list. You will find these necessary when you decide you can party (read = drink wine) all night long and make it to a 9:30 a.m. lecture.
  • These come in handy when you realize there is no way in hell you can make it to breakfast (for reasons why, see above).
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, highlights, etc. Whatever you need to write and take notes, needs to go in your bag. If you’re traveling by plane, make sure these are in your carry-on because who knows where in the world your check-in bag will end up.
  • Your age. Yes, you should remember your age. Unlike myself, who thinks she can dance until 3 a.m. with people who are young enough to be her children. At least I said children and not grandchildren, right?

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  • Not money. Cash. Apparently, there are still taxi drivers in the world who don’t take cards. P.S. It’s also handy to bring cash that is not outdated and thus no longer valid currency. Trust me when I say that idea of just popping into a bank will never happen. Never.
  • Reusable water bottle to ensure you don’t end up preaching about the environment nonstop for two days when you realize the vast amount of plastic cups that are being used.


Things to leave at home

  • Any idea that you are actually going to get any writing done at a writing course. Between meeting new people, socializing with friends, attending classes, and listening to lectures, there isn’t much room in your brain left for writing.
  • Thick literary books. You won’t have time (let alone mental capacity) for thick tomes. If you want to read to relax, bring some guilty pleasure books. Don’t be embarrassed. I believe the ereader was invented for just this situation. (If you are just bringing that thick literary novel to show off, by all means, drag the thing around for a week.)
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Don’t they look pretty sitting on my bedside shelf where they stayed all week?


As you can tell, I had a fun time at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Like the nerd I am, I always did like going to summer school.


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