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Galaxy Building:

What STAR WARS Has to Teach About Writing Novels

Orlando, Florida
March 1st-5th, 2023


About this Retreat

Join NYT-bestseller Beth Revis -- author of Rebel Rising and The Princess and the Scoundrel -- 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 fifteen writers, you'll learn craft tips and publishing secrets from Beth and Cristin in a series of morning workshops. Using the lens of Star Wars, we'll discuss story structure, character arcs, theme and more.  

You'll also 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 2,500 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 foosball or watch a movie in the home theater. 

Normally we head home on Sunday, but if you're not ready to leave, 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'll 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 require all participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.*

Retreat House


Wednesday, March 1st to Sunday, March 5th, 2023

(Optional extension to Monday, March 6th)


The price of the retreat is $1,125-$1,575 depending on your choice of room. This includes:

  • accommodations

  • full retreat program

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

  • all meals and snacks

  • airport transportation if needed

The Star Wars Galaxy's Edge extension day is an additional $300. This includes:

  • accommodations

  • entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • breakfast on Sunday and Monday

  • transportation to and from the park


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 & conditions can be found here.


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 require all participants to 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. 


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