- Author panels
- Writing workshops
- One-on-ones: Manuscript and pitch sessions
- Contests (cash awards!): Short story, poetry, short screenplay, and exciting new "collaborative story telling" categories
- Open mic nights
- Book signings and marketplace
- Small-group dining with an agent, editor, or author
- Saturday night awards banquet
- PLUS Pre-Conference Interactive Workshop on Thursday afternoon
Available for FRIDAY LUNCH are:
Larry Habegger, Author, Editor, Journalist
John Rember, Author
Elaine Ambrose, Author & Publisher
Available for SATURDAY LUNCH are:
C.J. Box, Author
Les Edgerton, Author
Janet Holmes, Poet
Clay Morgan, Author, Director of BSU Story Initiative
The locations and times for the meals will be announced at a later date.
Co-founded in 1987 by the late Gary Provost (author and internationally acclaimed teacher of writing for publication) and his wife Gail, the ten-day WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP is an intensive learning experience for small groups of serious-minded writers who are committed to improving and completing their novels for submission. For those who consider their writing to be a vital part of their lives, one they wish to develop as fully as possible, WRW provides the ideal experience. Jason Sitzes is the leader and one of the most knowledgeable and astute writing teachers in the nation.
June 14 - 23
You'll attend class each morning and be taught WRW's in-depth, step-by-step course
for crafting your novel, of any genre, for publication. This is not formulaic
novel instruction. There is no such formula. Gary broke down novel structure
scene-by-scene, dissected characters, taught how to choose words with impact,
and shared many other fine details novelists must learn as second nature. Here,
at WRW, we review these stylistic tools over and over throughout the week until
you leave feeling equipped, inspired, and revitalized about your novel. We
don't teach the art-- we teach the craft and instruct you on how to nurture the
artist. Class instruction uses examples from classic to bestsellers of that
day. Prior to the workshop you will be given a list of books used and a series
of pre-workshop assignments. During the workshop you will be given assignments,
then go back to your private room or one of the various outdoor spots to write.
All work focuses on your novel, so while you work on your story's
structure, our dedicated staff will be available to brainstorm with you on your
plot. In small group sessions, while learning how to diagnose your own and
others' style strengths and weaknesses, you'll also boost your editing skills.
Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center
Register early to reserve your
(limited spaces available)
Other optional activities include 7am Early Bird sessions, evening wine and appetizer Shop Talks (featuring agents, instructors, students, and authors), Book Signing night, 10pm Night Owl Sessions, and ample 1-1 opportunities with core and visiting staff. WRW is as close to a ten-day, 20+ hour workshop as you can get. It's unparalleled in what it offers. And most of all, if you want only a nice writing retreat in which you work on your book and socialize when needed-- it's that as well. The only request of new participants is that you attend the morning sessions based on Gary Provost's groundbreaking course-- and you'll want to anyway. WRW is immersion in the writing world whether you're writing genre, literary fiction, children's literature, memoirs, short stories, or any number of creative writing endeavors. That's why top agents and authors return year after year.
Assisting you throughout the ten days will be WRW mentors and In-Residence guests, including authors/agents/editors who will share with you the truth about today's publishing "business" and --when they meet with you -- how best to market your novel-in-progress.
Folks, I’ve been privileged to have been able to participate in a lot of great events, but truly, nothing matches WRW. It’s just amazing. I can guarantee you won’t want to leave when the time comes!
The trip there is going to be fantastic. A very good friend, Bob Stewart, is driving his Jeep up from where he lives in San Antonio to pick me up. Along the way, another friend, Carl Brush, is flying into Louisville from his home in Oakland, California, where he’ll meet up with Bob and they’ll drive up to Ft. Wayne to pick me up and then we’ll continue to Minnesota. Road trip!
And, then... one of my true heroes, crime/noir/literary writer Anthony Neil Smith, who lives in Minnesota, is going to meet us for adult beverages and adult conversations one day in Minneapolis! I'm looking forward to that as much as the retreat itself!
This is just an up-close-and-personal writer’s event. We spend the entire day on various writing lectures, exercises, seminars and all kinds of writing-related activities and then at night, will hang out and enjoy adult beverages and wonderful socializing and mingling. It’s a writers’ Nirvana!
I know I’m going to meet many old friends and a lot of folks come back every year from all over the world and am going to make new friends also.