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YA Highway Writing Retreat Recap (With Pics!)

YA Highway has been around for three years, and I think we've bounced around the idea of holding a writing retreat that whole time. Since we live in every corner of the United States and beyond, it was always about half A Very Real Possibility, and half wishful thinking.

Well, last week, we totally made it happen. 

from left, me (kirsten hubbard), sarah enni, sumayyah daud, kristin halbrook, kristin otts, emilia plater, and kate hart.
Not every YA Highwayer could attend, of course (*sob*) but around half of us made it. Here's how it went down.
  • We determined the largest, most easily accessible airport between us all. Since we really are in almost every corner of the US – from San Diego to Seattle, New York to Arkansas – that was Denver, Colorado. Also, one YA Highwayer is from Colorado, which meant one free car for airport pickups.
  • We knew we wanted something foresty. Using Google Maps as our guide, we searched all the outlying areas of Denver on (Vacation Rentals by Owners), looking for scenic homes with tons of writing space that could sleep 7+ people. Within our budget, of course. 
Luckily, Colorado is OBSCENELY beautiful.
  • We did our best to book flights arriving and departing at similar times. We also rented one car (man, car rentals in Denver are expensive. What gives, Denver?)
  • We grocery shopped on the way to the rental. Everybody cooked one dinner for the group.
And... that's about it. We kept the retreat informal, and spent as much time as possible just writing

 and writing
  and writing
 and writing. 

We hosted a Google Hangout write-in with other YA Highway bloggers, did some YA Highway blog planning, hiked, tramped around small-town Morrison, watched thunderstorms roll in and rattle the windows, and talked probably more than we should have. We also watched a whole lot of Olympics.

Outlines were outlined, epiphanies were epiphanied, and foxes were sighted, both real-life and stuffed.
our mascot
my writing companion
google hangout surprise!
And it was glorious. Though it took a lot of planning, it was also so much easier than it seemed three years ago – and so, so worth it. 

Seriously: grab your writer besties.... and start mapping :)

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. That sounds awesome! Congrats on your 3 years and the writing retreat. Your followers can't wait to read the results.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time!!! Congrats on the 3 years and THANK YOU!

  3. Jealous! But I got to meet some fellow road-trip-Wednesdayers in LA: Pam and Marquita, Laurie Dennison, and Jessica Love. Yay!

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun!! Awesome pics!

  5. My goal is to someday be in a picture where I'm not squinting.

    (anyone suggesting I get glasses will be summarily shot.)
    (not to be confused with Sumayyahily shot, which would be awesome.)

  6. hey you looks with friend is really so nice and cute and loving charming i am happy to came here BagsAlot


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