Act I

 Get ready to step out onto the path

Fri-Sun, 5-7 February 2021

During our introductory prep weekend, we'll gear up to face the winding road ahead. Bring your notes and ideas, your questions and conundrums, and don't forget an open mind and a willing spirit.


FRIDAY - 5-7:30pm PT 

(videochat from home)

  • Nod 'n' Nosh - Meet your journey companions and be prepared to share your preparatory homework


SATURDAY - 9am-3:30pm PT 

(at Paris In A Cup for those in SoCal, via videochat for all others)

9-11:30am - Staking your claim!

  • Identify your story's theme, voice, ideal reader, unique take, etc. 
  • Create a writing practice and find the system and setup that works best for you 

11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch break 
{lunch included for those attending in person}

12:30-2:30pm - Dem Bones
  • Building the framework: 3-Act structure & outlining POV, tense 
  • Characters: bringing them to life, backstory, quirks, conflict, more conflict
  • Consistency and style guides 
2:30-3:30pm - Tea & Sympathy 
  • Share your questions and challenges over a cuppa 
  • Schedule a one-on-one appointment with your Retreat Ranger 


SUNDAY - 9am-12noon PT 

(videochat from home)  

  • The long haul - We'll touch on the topics you'll want to ponder throughout your journey to ensure your success. Expect to discuss traditional vs. indie publishing, realistic expectations for your project, the role of editors, cover artists, costs, branding, and more.

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