In my town we have a great group of writers who are strung together very loosely. We meet twice a month but also individually. Every once in a while we organize a retreat and a few of us go. The latest retreat was at Colonyhouse, owned by the Oregon Writers Colony. If you are a member you can rent this beach house at Rockaway Beach, Oregon. A group of us spent a week there in September. We wrote in the morning, walked the beach in the afternoon, read what we wrote in the evening. It establishes a nice rhythm to writing, and one learns what the writing day can look like. Of course, one has to play at these retreats. We ate lots of fresh seafood: Dungeness crabs, tuna, salmon, clam chowder, steamers. Heaven. Then there was Tillamook ice cream. This retreat we discovered karaoke and sang our little hearts out.
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.