Getting Real with Networking

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Writing Retreat | No Comments

Does this picture make anyone else want to run back to their hotel room? Writing conferences are prime places to meet new people, make new connections, and network.  Ugh. If you’re anything like me, the word networking makes you want to be sick and join a convent or a monastery and take a vow of silence, all ...

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A Zipline to a Publishing Contract

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Writing Retreat | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I feel as though there is a huge gap between unpublished author and editor of a publishing house. How about you? It’s like there’s a giant chasm and the chasm, depending on what genre you write, is full of gnashing teeth and bodiless claws (fantasy). Or maybe it’s full ...

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The Reluctant Cruiser

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Writing Retreat | No Comments

By Laura Drake I’m not a cruiser. Seriously. I look like a sea lion in a bathing suit, I can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie, I don’t gamble, and that just the thought of me on that wave-making thingy makes me laugh (and check my health insurance for medivac). We take 4,000-mile ...

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The Power of Going on a Writing Retreat with a Bestselling Author

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Writing Retreat | No Comments

Christina Delay, host of Cruising Writers, with Jaye Wells, USA Today Bestselling Authors and past Cruising Writers writing retreat speaker The first time I got invited to one of Margie Lawson’s 5-day immersions with a bestselling author and multi-award-winning authors (who were workshop attendees, not teachers), I almost peed from nervousness, excitement, and oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-believe-this! When ...

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The Power of a 7-Day Writing Retreat with a Literary Agent

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Writing Retreat | No Comments

It wasn’t until our first writing retreat with literary agent, Deidre Knight, president of The Knight Agency, that I realized the immeasurable value of getting to spend seven straight days with a top professional in the writing industry. A typical agent – aspiring author conversation happens under ten minutes with talk central to the author’s story. There ...

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