Port of Departure
Fort Lauderdale, FL
First Day
11/03/2019
Last Day
11/10/2019
Price
$995
Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean
Ship Name
Allure of the Seas
What's Included
  • All meals while onboard
  • Onboard entertainment and shows
  • All events associated with the retreat, including pitch and one-on-one sessions
  • Access to our closed Facebook group
  • Your writing tribe
  • More fun than you’d ever expect to have on a writing retreat

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The Ship - Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas

In only eight years since it launched, Allure of the Seas® has managed to impress everyone, with awards ranging from onboard entertainment to family-friendly activities. One thing’s for sure— there’s never been a showstopper quite like Allure. Not only the most decorated ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, it’s won more awards than any other ship in the world. This is adventure that sails way ahead of the curve.

Speakers

Alexandra Sokoloff

Bestselling Author and Workshop Leader of Internationally-Acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of thirteen supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.

Her internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and blog, have helped hundreds of writers to publishing deals.

Alex’s bestselling, Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of criminals: a female serial killer. Huntress MoonBlood MoonCold MoonHunger Moon and Bitter Moon are out now. The series is in active development for television with Alex as writer/producer.

Topics

 STEALING HOLLYWOOD: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

Award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors story structure workshops and workbooks use movies to teach authors and screenwriters essential film structure and visual storytelling techniques, and have helped hundreds of aspiring authors to publishing deals and professional authors to craft better books.

This two-day masterclass will illuminate the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence structure of film writing and how to use it to plot your book idea and/or rewrite your novel to make it the best book it can be – and have the most fun you’ve ever had doing it!

DAY ONE

The Three-Act, Eight Sequence Structure

In the first hour to hour and a half of the workshop we’ll cover the basics of the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence story structure of film and television and how/why it’s so useful to translate it to writing novels.

Even die-hard pantsers quickly grasp that this is a rhythm of storytelling they’re intimately familiar with, from all the tens of thousands of movies and TV shows we’ve seen in our lifetimes (scary, isn’t it?).

Even more than that, editors, agents and our readers subconsciously EXPECT this rhythm/story pattern. So if we authors don’t deliver, a reader quickly gets uncomfortable that there’s something wrong. We all know this pattern. I’m just putting names to the steps and making it all conscious.

Also in this introductory hour or two I break down the concept of Setpiece Scenes – one of the most useful visual storytelling tricks we can steal from movies.

And I go over The Index Card Method/Story Structure Grid method of plotting (or rewriting/emergency help if you’re a pantser!).

For the rest of the day we’ll go through ALL the Key Story Elements of each Act, and how every one of these 20+ elements appears in approximately the same act, no matter what genre the writer is working with. I’ll tailor examples to your genre and movie preferences.

  • Elements of Act I
  • Elements of Act II: part 1
  • Elements of Act II: part 2
  • Elements of Act III

DAY TWO:

On Day 2 we put what we’ve learned into action with a Movie Screening. We’ll watch a movie while I talk through it, pointing out all the Key Story Elements and how they work, along with Filmmaking Tricks that authors can steal for their books. This fun and hugely helpful session locks in the story structure concepts and teaches authors to use their favorite movies as writing guides.

For the rest of the day we’ll go further into the story elements as well as focus more in-depth on visual techniques. The workshops are very interactive, with questions encouraged throughout.

Get ready for the journey of a writing lifetime!

Kerry Schafer, Author Writing Retreats

Kerry Schafer

Author

Kerry Schafer, also writing as Kerry Anne King, is the author of nine novels, including the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling novel Whisper Me This. She is also a writing coach, speaker, and the creator of the Five Fs to Creative Freedom, a program designed to help writers make peace with their inner critic and to discover – and trust – their own unique writing process.

She also co-hosts Creative Wellness Retreats, which are designed to help you discover and connect with your unique creative process and restore your creative spirit. You can find her through her author websites, www.kerryanneking.com and http://www.kerryschafer.com, or send her an email at contact@kerryschafer.com.

Topics

MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR INNER CRITIC

The biggest obstacle to an exuberant writing life is the writer! We unconsciously subject ourselves to an ongoing subliminal assault of verbal abuse, self-sabotage and crippling doubt. This makes our writing harder than it needs to be. It keeps us from accessing our deepest creativity and gets in the way of our highest success. In this one hour session we’ll pay conscious attention to the Inner Ugly, and then we’ll engage in two experiences to begin the process of making peace with it.

USING YOUR OWN CREATIVE MOJO TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOKS

What if you could think about marketing with the same sort of creative energy you bring to writing novels? The best marketing strategy is the one you will actually DO, and adding personality, passion, and fun to the usual marketing strategies makes you – and your books – more attractive to readers. We’ll talk about what lights you up and how you can use that to create a marketing plan you’ll look forward to launching.

Literary Agent Michelle Grajkowski

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.

Destinations

Cruising Writers sail from Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Watch the sun rise above the Atlantic horizon on a morning walk along the Fort Lauderdale Beach promenade. Then grab breakfast by the water— you have plenty of spots to choose from, after all this “Venice of America” is home to more than 300 miles of waterways.
Cruising Writers sail to St. Kitts

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts— an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laid back? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling— it’s just a thirty minute ferry ride away.
Cruising Writers sail to St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Beyond the glitz of its famous shopping district, St. Thomas enchants with a fascinating history and natural scenery. Explore the island's diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, or splash your way around at vibrant reefs or a gorgeous beach.
Cruising Writers sail to Cococay, Bahamas

Cococay, Bahamas

If you think you know The Bahamas, think again. This is CocoCay®, a private eco-certified island with radiant blue waters just begging to be explored. Pristine beaches of downy white sand beneath your toes. And thrills around every corner. Grab a mask and snorkel and explore a mesmerizing underwater world of stingrays, tropical reefs and sunken wrecks. Catch full throttle thrills as you race along Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse and Starfish Alley on a waverunner. Hike the island on a guided eco-tour that leads to the secluded Barefoot Beach for some afternoon kayaking. And take some time to unwind with a Coco Loco at the floating beach bar.

Itinerary

Sunday, 11/03/2019

Time
Activity
Location
4:30PM - 4:0PM
Depart Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group/Registration
Dining Room

Monday, 11/04/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:00AM
First Pages Reading
TBA
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Alexandra Sokoloff Morning Workshop
TBA
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch Break
Ship
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Alexandra Sokoloff Afternoon Workshop
TBA
4:30PM - 6:30PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Tuesday, 11/05/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:00AM
First Pages Reading
TBA
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Alexandra Sokoloff Morning Workshop
TBA
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch
Ship
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Alexandra Sokoloff Afternoon Workshop
TBA
4:30PM - 6:30PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Wednesday, 11/06/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Port Day
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
5:00PM - 6:30PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Thursday, 11/07/2019

Time
Activity
Location
7:00AM - 4:00PM
Port Day
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
4:00PM - 6:30PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Friday, 11/08/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Early Bird Write-In
TBA
9:00AM - 10:00AM
First Pages Reading
TBA
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Dealing with Your Inner Editor - Kerry Anne King
TBA
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Q&A Panel with Alexandra Sokoloff, Craig Robertson, and Kerry Anne King
TBA
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Lunch
Ship
1:30PM - 2:00PM
Author Marketing Session with Kerry Anne King
TBA
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Agent Talk
TBA
3:00PM - 3:15PM
Official Cruising Writers Wrap Up / Group Photo
TBA
3:30PM - 6:30PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Saturday, 11/09/2019

Time
Activity
Location
10:00AM - 7:00PM
Port Day - Perfect Day at Cococay
Cococay, Bahamas
4:00PM - 7:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Sunday, 11/10/2019

Time
Activity
Location
6:15AM - 6:15AM
Arrive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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
  • 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 Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, and Izumi
  • Dining in Johnny Rockets (Where applicable)
  • Spa and Salon services
  • 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)

All prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted. The cruise fares quoted also do not include any applicable government taxes, fees, or surcharges that may be assessed by any governmental agencies. Such assessment is subject to change without notice at any time whether or not you have a confirmed booking under deposit or if you have made a final payment.

Travel Tips

Royal Caribbean Fort Lauderdale, Florida Port

Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Royal Caribbean Directions to Fort Lauderdale (Everglades) Cruise Terminal:

From Fort Lauderdale International Airport (5 miles):

  • Exit the airport and follow signs for I-595 East/Port Everglades. Continue to the last exit on I-595 East and follow the signs to Port Everglades.
  • This will automatically take you to the Port Everglades security entrance.
  • From there, follow the directional signs for your designated ship’s pier terminal.

From Miami International Airport (30 miles):

  • Take 836 East to I-95 North.
  • Exit I-95 North at 595 East.
  • Follow 595 to the end; then follow the Port Everglades signs.

Parking Information

After dropping off your checked luggage at the pier terminal with the porters and cruise line representative, proceed to the appropriate parking garage for that terminal. Rates are $15 USD per day for the regular vehicles and $19 for the oversized vehicles (rates subject to change without notice by the Port Authority). For additional information or vehicle size restrictions, please contact USA Parking at (954)468-3680.

Security at the Pier

Please expect delays related to security and immigration procedures when arriving at the pier 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.

For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact us at (800) 256-6649 or (305) 539-4107.

Bus Information

Our Florida Bus Program is provided by Cruise Connection of Florida. For rates, availability and pick up locations, please contact their Reservations center at (800) 327-6700.

* All rates and prices are subject to change.

** Royal Caribbean is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles.