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Fast Drafting Retreat

Wimberley, Texas

April 17th-21st, 2024


About this Retreat

Instead of struggling for months and months (or even years!) to get out that first painful draft, wouldn't it be nice to learn some tricks to pumping the words out in a fraction of that time?


The retreat begins before you even leave home. New York Times-bestseller and fast drafter extraordinaire Beth Revis will lead an online workshop on her four-act story structure which is beloved by past Wordsmith attendees for a reason! When you establish a solid structure to work from, the words flow much more easily.

You'll then have one-on-one Zoom meetings with both Beth and Cristin to iron out any problem areas of your plot, flesh out characters and emotional arcs, and prepare for the retreat. During this time, you'll also be brainstorming with your fellow writers, feeding off of each other's creative energy so that you're ready and eager to hit the ground running when you get to Texas.

Once you're at the ranch, the bulk of your time will be free for packing those words in, but we'll also do plot and story structure refreshers and hold fun and affirming roundtable critiques. Beth and Cristin will also be available anytime you need some one-on-one help or to hold an impromptu discussion about elements of craft or the business of publishing. 

By the time the last s'more has been roasted and we're all ready to leave the ranch, you should have a solid story structure, a whole lot of words, and a bunch of new writing friends!


El Rancho Mas is a beautiful and private sixteen acre property in Wimberley, TX, just forty-five minutes from the international airport in Austin. The extensive grounds include a pool, hot tub, air-conditioned party barn, meditation garden, and numerous cozy nooks both indoors and outdoors for settling in and getting to work.


This retreat is open to anyone! Our retreats are designed to be the most beneficial to those seriously pursuing traditional publication, but anyone who wants to learn and have some fun is welcome! 

We ask that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of the retreat or present a recent negative test on arrival. Proof of a recent negative test may be required from everyone based on transmission rates in the spring. 

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Wednesday, April 17th to Sunday, April 21st, 2024


The price of the retreat is $1100-$1600 depending on your choice of accommodations. This includes:

  • housing

  • full retreat program

  • manuscript critiques (5pg synopsis + 2,500 word sample)

  • all meals and snacks

  • airport transportation to/from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport if needed


A $300 deposit is required to secure your place at the time of booking. The remainder of the balance is due sixty days before the start of the retreat. Our cancellation policy and terms and conditions can be found here.


This retreat is designed to be the most useful for writers seriously pursuing traditional publication, but everyone is welcome!

For everyone's safety and peace of mind, we require all participants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time of the retreat or to present a recent negative test.

This retreat is contingent on a minimum sign-up; if that minimum is not reached, the retreat will be cancelled and your money will be fully refunded. 

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