My Dear Writer Friends,
Do you know the most important tool in your writer’s tool box is passion? This is the theme of the enthusiastic, poignant message from the final speaker at our get-together Bar-be-que on opening night at the retreat in Montgomery Bell State Park. Mr. Guy Robbins presented this concept in a moving tribute to his late wife, Sandra Robbins, one of the founding writers of the Ken-Ten Writers Group. Mrs. Robbins passed away in January.
Mr. Robbins spoke of his wife’s love for writing. Among her talents he listed, intelligence, wit, tenacity, willingness to help other writers, and her ability to make and keep friends. But in closing, he said all those things which she possessed in abundance were outranked by her passion for her craft. Mr. Robbins recounted her long career in writing. He said she had published at least thirty-five novels, but Guy felt her greatest contribution was her encouragement to other writers. That “Passion” led her, through a friendship with Kathy Cretsinger and Susan Davis, to begin a group for writers in Western Tennessee and Western Kentucky. From their work came to the development the Ken-Ten Retreat, which last year opened their event to writers from other states. This June 11-14, approximately thirty writers from six states were afforded the opportunity to “hone our skills, like striking iron against iron”.
I didn’t personally know Sandra Robbins, but in a brief conversation in the parking lot, Guy told my friend Martha Rodriquez and me of his great loss. Now his passion is to assure her work continues. Sandra was indeed blessed to have a life mate who cares so deeply for her and her passion. I have been blessed with her passion, too. Thanks to Kathy Cretsinger and Susan Davis and the other Ken-Ten members, the retreat was a wonderful week. Guy impressed me with his closing charge to the members of our retreat: Write always and write with passion. We were recharged in the beauty of God’s beautiful world in the glorious park. We were revitalized in the energetic atmosphere of the Ken-Ten Retreat. I pray we will use the gifts we received last week and let our passion make us all better writers to the Glory of our Lord.
Patricia Clark Blake