Day 9 at Nimrod Hall Writers’ Workshop


Day 9

Who but Nimrod Writer Women would be passing around a paper mâché wedding cake at breakfast? A few years back, NPR put out a call for short stories about the wedding cake in the middle of the road (or something close to that). But story possibilities are endless!

Nimrod Hall writers lifting paper mâché wedding cake at breakfast

I’m not sure what the central decoration is supposed to represent, but think about it. Imagine the symbolism! I’m just saying…

paper mâché wedding cake topper

Here’s one thing at Nimrod that’s even less needed than fake wedding cake. No writer is ever disturbed between breakfast and lunch–and seldom otherwise.

"Do not disturb" sign on door knob

Speaking of meals–as I sort of was–the food is great, especially the salads. Tomatoes grown here. Crisp sweet peppers. Corn cut off the cob. Black beans. Green beans. Asparagus. Shredded kale. Quinoa. And I, for one, had never considered thinly sliced raw Brussels sprouts!

Frances and I walked near the old boys camp mess hall. Even in their heyday, I’m sure the food was nothing to write home about!

Nimrod Hall abandoned old boys' camp mess hall
old boys camp mess hall

Frances Webb Burch and I walked past the old mess hall after lunch today. She is my most frequent walking partner. She writes wickedly funny essays about sex and aging, touching memoirs about coming of age in the 50s, gritty stories about mothers and daughters–and sometimes dips into magical realism. She is one of the Founding Mothers of the Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Programs, first visual arts and then writing.

Frances Webb Burch, author
Frances Burch, classy as this Tesla

Frances was “on” today, as was I. And as Monday is my preference, I was a happy camper. I workshopped 15 pages of a new novel. Tonight I read a short story in progress. And now I must stop this, for Cathy Hankla, writer in residence, assigned me to read “Brokeback Mountain” and consider point of view, distance, and narrator as I revise 3-5 pp of my new novel!

Vivian Lawry, author
Happy me

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. Hey Vivian! So glad you’re having such a great time! Beautiful scenery, awesome photography, lots to talk about and write about! Enjoyed reading your blog entries. Missed you at writers group yesterday. Enjoy to the hilt the rest of your second week! Becky

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