One of the disappointments of Viable Paradise is that it’s a one and done workshop. You can never go back again. Luckily, my friend Sean Patrick Kelly has created Paradise Lost, a more advanced writers workshop that authors can attend over and over again. Which is great because I only got to see a fraction of the sites San Antonio has to offer. Yes, I made it to the Alamo and sampled the restaurants along the Riverwalk and went shopping for cowboy boots, but I wanted to see more!
Paradise Lost allows authors to choose their own experience: the critique track or the retreat track. I opted for the critique track which included two group crit sessions, one with Chuck Wendig and one with Delilah S. Dawson. The creativity and energy flowed throughout both groups where problems were discussed, fixes suggested, and ideas pitched.
Chuck, Delilah, and Robert Jackson Bennett also presented lectures on everything from plot and theme, to How to Write a Sex Scene (the last one prefaced with shots of White Russian because you can’t write a sex scene while completely sober). We also had the unofficial addition of Marko Kloos offering us his story of Manny the Manuscript and how he became a successful self-published author.
I between lectures, I hung out in the con suite where I swapped crits with other classmates, hung out to chat, and played Cards Against Humanity. All too soon is was over and time for tearful goodbyes. At least this time, it’s not permanent. I’m going back next year, so San Antonio better be ready for me!