You probably recognize the face if not the name of veteran actor John Kapelos. He’s starred in so many iconic films and television shows, from The Breakfast Club (Carl the janitor) to Seinfeld (Jerry’s “sniffing accountant”), that you’d think he’d have no need to attend my humble workshops at The Writer’s Retreat of San Buenas down in Costa Rica.
What could I teach him?
Well, it was a symbiotic relationship. We learned from each other. That’s what retreats are for, at least ideally.
Meet the real John Kapelos. I did, and it was a refreshing, revelatory experience I will always cherish.
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Never judge a book by its cover, they say, whoever they are. Of course, these days, creating a seductive cover for your book is a must from a marketing standpoint.
But from both a humanistic and creative point of view, dismissing either a stranger or strange experience out of hand with a presumptive summation based purely on superficial attributes will backfire on the beholder. It will also limit and even damage your scope as an author.
Last month I took a trip I never remotely anticipated to Costa Rica, instructing at the first Writer’s Retreat of San Buenas. I was honored and flattered, but didn’t expect much practical benefit for myself, frankly.
I was wrong, of course. On at least a personal level, it was a revelation. And that’s primarily due to the people I met, much more than the beautiful scenery and fantastic food.
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Sometimes we think we know it all, have read all the books we need to read, have travelled everywhere we need to go, have met all the people we need to meet.
That’s exactly when you stop growing as both a writer and a person. This often lonely literary lifestyle of ours is an ongoing odyssey that takes you to unexpected places, doing surprising things, and engaging us with strangers that enrich both our common experiences and our common humanity.
Meet Ray Aguilera, a career journalist whose talent and wit have been honed over a challenging lifetime, so he needed little refinement from me. But just by making the trip, he finally found a forgotten part of himself in Costa Rica…
Writers, like human beings, are a varied bunch. We come in all shapes, sizes and sensibilities, with varying backgrounds. That’s what makes books, and life, so interesting – and relatable.
During my recent stint as an instructor at a writer’s retreat in Costa Rica, I had the honor of meeting several strangers that have since become my friends, bonded not so much by common experiences, but by our love for writing. And life itself.
Meet Tom Shaw, a career musician who rediscovered his literary craft, and so much more…
During my recent trip to Costa Rica where I was hosting writing workshops, I led a dinnertime discussion where all my pupils shared their personal journeys as authors.
One of the people that happened to be sitting at the restaurant table with us was a councilman from San Isidro. After we all finished sharing, he chimed in and told us our stories reminded him a lot of his wife, also an aspiring author.
It’s this kind of serendipity that I hope will resonate with readers of this blog. Here’s the story of Michelle Halverson…
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