Port of Departure
Galveston, Texas
First Day
09/10/2017
Last Day
09/17/2017
Price
$1750
Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean
Ship Name
Liberty of the Seas
What's Included
  • All meals while onboard
  • Shared Interior stateroom (upgrades are available!)
  • Port taxes and fees
  • 18% gratuity
  • Onboard entertainment and shows
  • All events associated with the retreat, including pitch and one-on-one sessions
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Writing Cruise Beach

The Ship - Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas

The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you’d expect from the innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. From a Broadway musical to a 3D theater to an outdoor movie screen, the Liberty of the Seas has it all.

Speakers

Lisa Cron on a Writing Retreat

Lisa Cron

Story Coach and Author

Lisa Cron is a story coach and the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence  and Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere) both published by Ten Speed Press.Her video tutorial Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story can be found at Lynda.com.Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency.Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in visual narrative in New York City.Lisa works with writers, nonprofits, educators and organizations, helping them master the unparalleled power of story, so they can move people to action – whether that action is turning the pages of a compelling novel, trying a new product, or taking to the streets to change the world for the better.

Topics

Wired for Story revealed what the reader’s brain is designed to crave in every story it hears: inside intel on how to best navigate the unpredictable, scary, beautiful world we live in. Story, in other words, is not about what happens on the surface, but what goes on beneath it. That is why a dramatic plot and lovely language are not enough to capture the reader’s attention. To do that you need to give readers what they come for: insight into what people do when push comes to shove and, most importantly, why.

In this Story Genius workshop you will learn…

Step-by-step, how to do just that in a way that’s new, specific, and actionable. You’ll develop everything you need to tell an engaging tale – whether you’re writing your first novel or your fifteenth. Instead of fishing for the way forward, writing draft after draft and hoping the story emerges, you’ll learn how to dig down to the one thing that generates the juice — the electricity — that brings a story to life, giving it meaning and urgency: a clear sense of how what’s happening in the plot is affecting the protagonist on that critical, internal level.

You will instantly bring your story into sharp focus as you work through 8 Key Story Genius Steps, revealing the essence – and the specifics – of the story you’re telling, and creating the internal story logic that will drive everything that happens from page one until The End. It will give you a yardstick by which to measure the meaning and the relevance of every twist and turn, keeping your story on track, and giving it depth, urgency and the power to rivet readers. None of the work you’ll generate is “pre-writing” or “prompts” or “exercises” – everything you unearth will be laced into the pages of your novel. Along the way, we’ll debunk many of the writing myths that may have held you back in the past.

You’ll leave knowing:

  • What your point is. All novels make a point, beginning with the first sentence.
  • What your story is about. You will create a What If? that captures both the external and the internal story you’re telling.
  • Who your protagonist is before your plot kicks in.
  • What your protagonist enters the story already wanting very badly, and as important, why she wants it.
  • What longstanding misbelief has kept your protagonist from already getting what she wants. This is your novel’s primal source of conflict and meaning.
  • Whether your escalating plot problem has the power to force your protagonist to struggle with her misbelief, ultimately forcing her to change.
  • Exactly when your novel opens, and why.
  • What your protagonist’s ultimate “aha” moment will be.

You’ll gain the skill and confidence to succeed as a storyteller, no matter where you are in your writing career: If you’re starting from scratch you’ll be able to take a story idea from fuzzy to crystal clear so that you can write forward with confidence. If you’re in the midst of a work in progress, or even in the midst of revising, you’ll be able to do an in-depth diagnostic that will enable you to see what’s working, what isn’t, why, and best yet: exactly how to remedy it.

Angela Ackerman, The Emotion Thesaurus, on a writing retreat

Angela Ackerman

Bestselling Author, The Emotion Thesaurus

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of Five bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling. A strong believer in writers helping and supporting other writers, she tries to pay-it-forward however she is able to.

Topics

Setting Description

Do you want to maximize every setting? Learn how to turn setting into a ‘show, don’t tell’ machine? Setting is no mere wallflower, and can, in fact, be used to do all of these things:

  • Reinforce Emotion
  • Hint at or Reveal Critical Backstory
  • Establish Mood and Foreshadow Events
  • Symbolize Important Themes or Ideas
  • Characterize the Story’s Cast
  • Provide Tension and Conflict
  • Steer the Plot
  • Challenge and Test Characters
  • Poke Emotional Wounds
  • Mirror the Protagonist’s Desires and Clarify their Motivation

Many writers tend to think about the setting as nothing more than a stage, something they need so a scene can unfold. Because they don’t spend much time choosing the right setting for a scene’s action, they miss out on opportunities to create greater depth in their storytelling. This presentation would help writers see the setting in a new light, and show them how to utilize description in a way that accomplishes so much more than “paint a picture.” Powerful description should always do double or triple duty (as per above), and create emotional pull while doing so. This ensures a deeper connection between readers and characters, and a more meaningful reading experience.

Michelle Grajkowski

President and Literary Agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency

From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?)  Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three!Michelle’s client list includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select non-fiction projects with a terrific message.  She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up.

Topics

Sourcebooks, Casablanca on a Writing Retreat

Deb Werksman

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Casablanca

Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for the past eighteen years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres. Sourcebooks publishes 6-8 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. We are the country's largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We're known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors' careers.

Topics

Making the Dream of Publication Come True

Every writer’s dream is to have their work be read, enjoyed and appreciated. Here is an editor’s Top Ten Steps for making it happen, enjoying the process, and embracing the realities, too.

 

1-Hour Workshop: Deep Dive into Data

A look at the romance category and the book industry, using data to drive creativity, and what you need to know about your marketplace to be successful.

 

Destinations

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico is one of the top diving destinations in the world. Known for its bright coral reefs and abundant sea life, you won't want to miss a snorkeling adventure off the coast of Cozumel.A little history and some flint for your imagination... Cozumel means "Land of the Swallow" and is named after the seafaring bird. Settled by the Ancient Mayans over 2,000 years ago, Cozumel was a mecca for Mayan women to worship Ix Chel, the Goddess of Fertility. The remains of Ix Chel's alter and sacrificial site can be found at the San Gervasio ruins site near the center of the island.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is not recorded to have a human inhabitant until the early 1600's. Local folklore tells of two original settlers, Mr. Walter and Mr. Bodden, likely arriving after serving in Oliver Cromwell's army in nearby Jamaica. The first Caymanian was Issac Bodden, son of Mr. Bodden. The islands were inhabited by those looking to serve visiting ships with fish, turtles, and even hogs. Many who were shipwrecked along its coast remained on the island as well.As you walk along the Georgetown beaches, ask yourself the unanswerable questions. How did Walter and Bodden get to Grand Cayman? The mother of Issac Bodden is not recorded. What was her story? Take the time to reflect and soak in the multitude of untold stories waiting for you in Georgetown.

Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth, Jamaica is one of the best preserved glimpses into the Georgian-era. Founded in the late 1700's, Falmouth was painstakingly planned, accommodating wide streets in a regular grid, a reliable water supply, and public buildings. Falmouth was primarily known for exporting sugar and rum. Hmm... a rum exporter from Jamaica - can anyone else see a story there?Don't miss the river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, or horse-and-buggy rides through historic Falmouth.

Itinerary

Sunday, 09/10/2017

Time
Activity
Location
4:00pm - 4:00pm
Depart Galveston, Texas
Galveston, Texas
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Registration
TBA

Monday, 09/11/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 8:30am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
8:30am - 9:00am
First Pages Reading
TBA
9:00am - 12:00pm
Angela Ackerman, Bestselling Author, Workshop - Setting Descriptions
TBA
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch
Rembrandt dining room / Ship
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks - Deep Dive into Data
TBA
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary
TBA
3:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Night Owl Write-in
TBA

Tuesday, 09/12/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 7:45am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
7:00am - 4:00pm
Port
Cozumel, Mexico
4:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks - Making the Dream of Publication Come True
TBA
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Night Owl Write-in
TBA

Wednesday, 09/13/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 8:30am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
10:30am - 6:00PM
Port
George Town, Grand Cayman
4:00pm - 5:30pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Angela Ackerman, Bestselling Author
TBA
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Night Owl Write-in
TBA

Thursday, 09/14/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 7:45am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
8:00am - 5:00pm
Port
Falmouth, Jamaica
4:00pm - 5:30pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary
TBA
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Night Owl Write-in
TBA

Friday, 09/15/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 8:30am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
9:00am - 12:00pm
Lisa Cron Morning Workshop
TBA
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch
Rembrandt dining room / Ship
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lisa Cron Afternoon Workshop
TBA
4:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Night Owl Write-in
TBA

Saturday, 09/16/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:00am - 8:30am
Morning Bird Write-in
Observation Lounge / Piano Bar
9:00am - 12:00pm
Lisa Cron Morning Workshop
TBA
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch
Rembrandt dining room / Ship
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lisa Cron Afternoon Workshop
TBA
4:00pm - 4:00pm
Official Cruising Writers Retreat Wrap Up
TBA
4:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Dining with Group
Rembrandt dining room
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Celebration Party
TBA

Sunday, 09/17/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:30am - 6:30am
Arrive in Galveston, Texas
Galveston, Texas

Details

Your retreat fee includes all events associated with the retreat, including pitch sessions, one-on-one sessions, all workshops, and general writing fun! If you’ve purchased your stateroom through us, please see below for what the stateroom ticket includes.

From Royal Caribbean (please refer to Royal Caribbean’s website for most up to date information)

The price of your cruise vacation includes:

  • Ship accommodations (shared – roommates will be assigned)
  • Ocean transportation
  • Most meals onboard
  • Some beverages onboard
  • Most entertainment onboard

 The following services are not included in the cruise price:

  • Dining in Specialty Restaurants such as Portofino
  • Dining in Johnny Rockets (Where applicable)
  • Spa and Salon services
  • Golf Simulator
  • Gambling (Including Bingo)
  • Art Auction
  • Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  • Shore excursions
  • Photographs
  • Video Arcade
  • Medical Services
  • Internet Access
  • Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Ship to Shore
  • Telephone calls
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)

Travel Tips

Royal Caribbean’s Houston Cruise Terminal is located at:

Port of Galveston

Cruise Terminal 2

2702 Harborside Dr. Pier 27

Galveston, TX

Directions to Port of Galveston:

From Hobby (HOU) Airport:
  1. Take I-45 south to Exit 1C, and turn left (east) onto Harborside Drive/Hwy 275.
  2. Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner / 22nd street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance), and turn left.
  3. The are adjacent to the terminal is for loading/unloading luggage curbside only.
From George Bush International Airport (IAH):
  1. Exit the airport and turn right onto Eastex FRWY/US-59.
  2. Merge onto US-59 S via the ramp- on the left.
  3. Take I-45 south to Exit 1C, and turn left (east) onto Harborside Drive/Hwy 275.
  4. Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner / 22nd street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance), and turn left.
  5. The are adjacent to the terminal is for loading/unloading luggage curbside only.

Parking Information:

Port shuttle buses will transport guest between parking lot and terminal. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard  (Guests can pre-pay for parking by going to the port web site.)

At the Pier:

Please expect delays related to security procedures when arriving at the port to board the ship. These procedures have been designed for your safety and all attempts will be made to expedite you through the process as quickly as possible. Please do not arrive before 11AM as space is limited in the terminal. For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact our local cruise line representative, Cruise Service USA at (912) 996-5591 or us at (800) 256-6649 or (305) 539-4107.