This weekend, Iâ€™m headed for my second two-week writing residency at Ox-Bow!
Affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow is located along the shores of Lake Michigan and offers 115 acres of inspirational space: pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic buildings.
Writers at this artistsâ€™ colony are provided with a small apartment, private lodge with inspirational views, three gourmet meals a day, and snacks around the clock â€” all from local farms.
Last time I was in Ox-Bow, as I prepared for Tracks to be published, I was working on a revision of my novel, Womb.
This time, I plan to plunge into a new novel: Setting the Family Free.
IÂ also plan to take some appropriate reading material to start and end my days: Thoraeuâ€™s Walden, Oâ€™Brienâ€™s In The Lake of the Woods, and Steinbeckâ€™s The Pastures of Heaven.
Ox-Bow offers the opportunity to meet other artists from around the world, and (most importantly) uninterrupted time to write. Not to mention gourmet meals three times a day using local, organic food.
Ox-Bowâ€™s residency program is all about immersion, commitment, freedom, and focus. Founded in 1910, Ox-Bow is celebrating 102 years as a haven for artists, writers, and thinkers.
I plan to live by the bell for the two weeks, leaving my watch behind. I may spend an hour a day online, but plan to spend most of the two weeks unplugged, and writing.
If I stay the course and manage to get in a full day of writing each day, maybe Iâ€™ll even have time to partake in other writer-in-residence duties, such as eating, hiking, canoeing, and carousing.
Learn more about Ox-Bow by visiting their online campus
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Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent
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