A Place for Group Creativity and Solitude

Groupthink: the brainstorming myth, an article in the New Yorker, got me thinking recently about my writing group and how we’ve benefited from occasionally inviting guest fellow writers to participate in discussions of our projects and to share their work for feedback. It also helped me understand better why the Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat works so well for the six writers lucky enough to attend each year.


Is it time to give your current writing project the benefit of ‘groupthink’ (as opposed to ‘brainstorming’ as we’ve long been told is effective) – and the benefit of hours of quiet solitude in which to take advantage of the possibilities that great discussion of your work can open up for you? Deadline for applications is April 30.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson

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