Day 13 at Nimrod Hall Writers’ Workshop


Day 13

Most years we have only one group picture. But at breakfast today Jane Shepherd (seated in the middle next to me) gifted everyone with a Jane Austen tattoo!

Nimrod Hall Writers' Workshop group photo
Week 2 writers with their tattoos

Here’s a close-up of mine, taken by Foust.

Jane Austen-inspired tattoo that reads, "Imprudent"
My tattoo

And then Charlotte Morgan introduced us to her Frog “King”–i.e., Elvis. Charlotte is the author of the novel, Protecting Elvis. She worked on that book at Nimrod the same summer I worked on a first draft of “Love Me Tender” (published earlier this year).

Statue of a frog in Elvis wig and coat at Nimrod Hall
The Frog King

Even after the room was empty and the car loaded, we chatted on the front porch of Square House.

So I said goodbye to Jimmy, the man who provided such great food this year.

man in apron at Nimrod Hall

And goodbye to Nimrod, comforted to know it will be waiting for us next year.

brightly painted chairs on lawn at Nimrod Hall Writers' Workshop
Waiting for next year

Nimrod Hall, established in 1783, has been providing summer respite from everyday stress since 1906. It has been operating as an artist and writer colony for over 25 years. The Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program is a non-competitive, inspirational environment for artists to create without the distractions of everyday life. The 2015 Writers’ Workshop writers-in-residence are Sheri Reynolds, Cathryn Hankla, and Charlotte G. Morgan


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  1. Vivian, I read every post of your Nimrod travel log and loved seeing photos of the houses and roads and esp. the writers — you, Kathy, Jane, Frances, Charlotte. Many faces I don’t recognize. I miss it SO much — makes me sad.

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