I've been in Taos, NM for 7 days now. It has been a great trip and I don't want it to end. I go home Saturday. The writer's conference is very good - I would recommend it to any writers out there. For me, a business writer seeking to develop a more expressive style, it has been extremely beneficial. Why? Because I have shifted my context.
Surrounded by poets, novelists, and narrative nonfiction writers, I am immersed in a different set of conversations, a different set of skills, and an interesting bunch of artists. They write different in ways that I admire and want to learn about.
I have already begun to rewrite the introduction and first chapter of the 2 Weeks to a Breakthrough book based on the mini breakthroughs I have experienced here.
It is good, I think, to put yourself in a new context every now and then. Think about the neighboring "groups" that you could learn from if you hung around with them a bit. Sales spending time in operations. Operations spending time in HR. Entrepreneurs spending time with leaders from medium sized companies. Artists spending time with entrepreneurs. Business writers spending time with poets.