February 2022:

Orlando

February 23rd-27th, 2022

About this Retreat

Join NYT-bestseller Beth Revis and award-winner Cristin Terrill in Orlando, Florida, for five days of learning, writing, relaxation, and fun! 

 

With an intimate group of no more than fourteen writers, you'll learn craft tips and publishing secrets from Beth and Cristin in a series of morning workshops and meet with each author one-on-one for a critique of your current manuscript. Beth focuses on the big picture, examining your structure and plot via a five-page synopsis and helping you troubleshoot problem areas, while Cristin gets into the nitty-gritty of your first 3,000 words, offering tips to refine things like characterization, voice, and style. Together this gives you a holistic overview of your work. Have more questions or need further advice during the week? No problem, because you'll be eating, writing and hanging out alongside the authors everyday, and they are always happy to help.

After the morning dedicated to learning, your afternoons are free for you to get some serious words in. Grab a lounge chair by the pool or spread out on a couch and get to work! Need to take a break? Grab a new friend for a game of pool or watch a movie in the home theater. After a delicious dinner made by our private chef, get some more writing done, go for a swim in the heated pool, or join a fierce group game of Mafia over freshly-baked cookies.

Normally we'd head home on Sunday, but for an extra fee, extend your stay and join us on an excursion to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Adventure! While we wait in line for rides or Dole Whips, we can discuss Jung's "hero's journey" as epitomized by A New Hope or dissect the failures of The Rise of Skywalker, so TECHNICALLY we're still working!

*For everyone's safety, we ask that all participants be fully vaccinated.*

Location Images

Pool and Lake at Sunset
Pool and Lake at Sunset

Living Room
Living Room

Galaxy's Edge
Galaxy's Edge

Pool and Lake at Sunset
Pool and Lake at Sunset

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DATES

Wednesday, February 23rd to Sunday, February 27th, 2022

(Optional extension to Monday, February 28th)

RATES

The price of the retreat is $925-$1225 depending on your choice of accommodations. This includes:

  • housing

  • full retreat program

  • manuscript critiques (5pg synopsis + 3,000 word sample)

  • all meals provided by our private chef

  • airport transportation if needed

The Star Wars Galaxy's Edge extension day is an additional $250. This includes:

  • housing

  • entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • breakfast on Sunday and Monday

  • transportation to and from the park

PAYMENT

A $200 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.

ELIGIBILITY

This retreat is designed to be the most useful for writers seriously pursuing publication in the middle grade or young adult genres, but everyone is welcome!

For everyone's safety, we ask that all participants be fully vaccinated by the time of the retreat.

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. 

Questions?

We're here to answer them!

Frequently asked questions

Retreats

Are your retreats for me?


Probably! Our attendees have had a range of experience, from those in the early stages of their first novel to authors who have been published with major houses. We’ve had writers of all ages writing everything from chapter books to chick-lit. The retreats are designed to be the most beneficial to those who are seriously pursuing publication with middle-grade or young adult novels, but anyone who wants to learn, meet like-minded people, and have a good time is welcome.




How many people attend the retreats?


Retreats are capped at fourteen writers. We’ve found this to be an ideal number that allows for a diverse and lively group that is still small enough for an intimate feel where everyone gets to know each other well.




What if I don't know anyone?


You will! Once you sign up for a retreat, you will be added to our private Facebook group where you can start to get to know your fellow attendees, exchange work, ask questions of Wordsmith alumni, and more, so you’ll start to make friends before you even arrive. But if Facebook isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Because our retreats are intimate groups of fourteen and because Cristin used to be a summer camp counselor who knows lots of silly bonding games, we promise you’ll know everyone by the time you go to sleep the first night. We’ve yet to hold a single retreat that wasn’t attended by 100% awesome people.




What's the dress code?


We’re very casual, so whatever you feel comfortable in is fine. Yoga pants and pajamas are perfectly acceptable retreat-wear!




I have a dietary restriction or am a picky eater. Can you accommodate me?


Of course! Our private chef Lynn is happy to work with you if you can’t eat something on the menu or just plain don’t like what she’s serving. (Just ask any of our previous attendees, you’re never in any danger of going hungry at Wordsmith!) You’re also welcome to bring any food or drinks you want to have with you. If you have particularly extreme dietary restrictions, you may need to supplement our menu with your own food.




How available are Beth and Cristin during the retreat?


Very available! Beth and Cristin eat, sleep, work and play right alongside you throughout the entire retreat. Think of a question during lunch about the craft workshop Beth held that morning? Just lean over and ask her. Did you revise your query based on Cristin’s feedback? Have her take another look before dinner. Want to hear some great behind-the-scenes publishing gossip? Just pour Beth another glass of wine. (Just kidding! Maybe.)​




How do the critiques work?


We review the first 3,500 words of your manuscript and a synopsis prior to the start of the retreat. During the retreat, you will have an individual meeting with Beth on Thursday and Cristin on Friday (or vice-versa). Beth’s critique will focus on the big picture of your novel, identifying problem spots in your plot or structure and troubleshooting them with you. Cristin’s critique will be based on your opening pages, helping you to refine things like characterization, voice, and style. Together you’ll receive a holistic overview of your manuscript and be able to tackle changes in the second half of the retreat with Beth and Cristin there to help if issues crop up.




How much writing time will I get?


Lots! Beth and Cristin teach in the mornings for two to three hours and you will have individual meetings with them that will take up another hour or so, but other than that, your time is free to use however you see fit, whether that’s writing, talking through a tricky spot in your manuscript with a new friend, or taking a dip in the pool.




Do you offer payment plans?


Absolutely! We'll do everything we can to work with you to make it possible for you to attend a retreat.





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