Saturday, March 12, 2022

A Slicer Party #SOL22

For the past several years, I have held a "Slicer Party." I have always questioned doing it because I didn't think it followed the challenge guidelines. But when slicers ask for it, I can't help but NOT host it again.

Yesterday when I was on Diane's blog Newtreemom, I knew I had found this year's party - a writing retreat! Doesn't that sound wonderful? I know I, and I am sure many of you, have found it difficult to find the time or maybe even the motivation to write. I remember reading the first few days, post after post about slicers being in a writing rut and trying to find that rhythm again. Trying to remember the joy of finding stories and sharing them.

So, imagine yourself being with other writers in a cabin tucked away in a world of lush green fields surrounded by beautiful flowers blooming under blue skies and perfect temperatures. 

As the month wraps up and when you need a slice, (and yes, you know it WILL happen!) consider this invitation.  The best part is that you can join the party via your blog anytime during the month. 

Here's what you need to bring.

Writing tools - what writing tools would you bring? Are you a paper pencil and paper writer? A drawer or doodler who needs markers or colored pencils?

Food/beverage - what do you need to sustain your writing time?

Quote - this is actually a hostess gift! I am collecting quotes for a collage notebook (more about this in tomorrow's slice) and would love to see what quotes inspire you.

If I were going on a writing retreat, I would bring my notebook(s). Although it is sometimes much easier to compose on a computer, I would refrain from using it just to enjoy the time spent in nature and with all of you. I also enjoy the sound of pencil meeting paper and the turning of the page, and computers just don't provide that. I would bring a pencil pouch (or two) filled with my favorites - Ink Joy, twistable Crayola colored pencils, Flair markers, and Ticonderoga pencils.

I would bring along Milo's sweet tea and a huge bag of ice to ice it down! I usually prefer salty over sweet, so bags and bags of chips would be on my list.

My favorite quote:  "We rise by lifting others." I truly believe this and spent a whole year with the word RISE and ways in which I could lift others. We need more lifting in this world.

I hope you consider coming to the party some time this month by writing a slice about your ideal writing retreat. Just let me know you have joined, and I will include you on the guest list down below. I can't wait to see who else is coming! Even if you don't join, I hope reading about this retreat will keep you writing this month.

Writing Retreat Guest List:

Terje from Just for a Month

Elisabeth from The Dirigible Plum

Rita from Practicing What I Teach

Donnetta from Teacher Reader Writer

Glenda from Evolving English Teacher

Debbie Lynn from Moon Snails, Daisies, and Marmots 

Ramona from Pleasures from the Page

Heather from Writing My Way

Eva from Writing is its Own Reward

Heidi from Thoughts and Musings from Heidi

Christie from Wondering and Wandering

Erika from Ms Victor Reads

Carol from Beyond Literacy Link

Tammy from Tammy's Reading Life

Juliette from Gifts


Join Two Writing Teachers and other teacher-writers as we 
share a slice of life during the month of March. 


  1. I have been waiting for your party, and oh, what a wonderful retreat. Thank you, Leigh Anne, I look forward to joining your party soon.

  2. Yay! I have been waiting for this invitation. I appreciate that you are providing a time span. It is a fabulous slice idea. Fabulous, I repeat.

  3. Thanks for the invitation. I'm always seeking different writing ideas. This gives us time to think about the topic.

  4. This sounds like just the party we need. I know the perfect place, and I have ideas about bringing and leaving! 😉 I was thinking about you yesterday and your party last year. Happy to see you’re hosting again, party girl!

  5. I decided that today is a good day to join.

  6. Like Terje, I couldn't wait to get started on our retreat--let's just take the rest of the month off to write, enjoy each other's company, and restore ourselves in nature! Thanks for the perfect invitation!

  7. I always enjoy your party ideas, but as in real life, often do not attend. This year I will! Great idea and I NEED this to happen!

  8. What a generous invitation, Leigh Anne. You always throw the best parties! I'm already considering what to pack.

  9. Fire up the INKJOY Winnebago. I'm headed your way! This is the one invitation I look forward to every year.

  10. You always throw the best parties each year! I am excited to write this post!

  11. I would like to join the party this year!

  12. I've joined the post will publish tomorrow morning

  13. Oh, I'd love to join the party and will write my retreat story today. :)

  14. Here's my writing retreat story. :)

  15. Leigh Anne, you know that I am in for this wonderful party. I have been waiting for the invite but missed your post. Thank goodness, Glenda mentioned it. I am having cataract surgery in my right eye tomorrow so I am not sure how soon I will be ready to read and write but I will be at the party as soon as I can. Thank you for this retreat.

  16. Thank you Leigh Anne for this beautiful invitation. I've been wanted to go on a writing retreat since I was on one over fifteen years ago. It was so fun to imagine. I could just see a bunch of slicers sitting around a fireplace, sipping tea and eating popcorn. I plan to post my entry tomorrow. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. How did I miss this? I will be joining; and I love the idea of waiting for a day when you need a slice. Count me in!

  18. I'm packed for the party. Notebook, pen/pencil pouch, chocolate, tea, & cookie dough! Heading out now. Thanks for being our hostess with the best ideas.

  19. I am on my way to your retreat!

  20. I'm ready to join you!

  21. I am in!

  22. Leigh Anne, I am back and want you to know that I accepted your invitation and wrote my slice to celebrate a much-needed writer's retreat. See

  23. I've joined the party!
    What a fun post this was to write esp on the first day of Spring Break! I plan to write a lot this week and live the writer life! Thank you!