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Galaxy Building:

What STAR WARS Has to Teach About Writing Novels

Waveland, MS
February 21st-24th, 2024


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About this Retreat

Join NYT-bestseller Beth Revis and award-winner Cristin Terrill on the beautiful Gulf Coast for five days of learning, writing, relaxation, and fun! 

In a beautiful vacation home by the beach, you'll spend five days with an intimate group of no more than twelve writers, learning craft tips and publishing secrets from Beth and Cristin in a series of morning workshops.

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 on the porch spread out on a couch and get to work! Need to take a break? Grab a new friend for a walk on the beach or settle in for a night of movies and popcorn.

On Saturday, we'll take a group field trip to nearby New Orleans to refill our creative wells with the unique and evocative atmosphere of the French Quarter. ​There's something for everyone, from haunted mansions and local vampire legends for the paranormal writers, the stories of the Axeman of New Orleans and Madame LaLaurie for the thriller writers, and all the beignets and gumbo you can eat for the rest of us!

You'll return home with new words written, new enthusiasm for your project, and new friends to join you on your publishing journey!

*For everyone's safety, we require all participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.*

Retreat House


Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 - Sunday, February 25th, 2024


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

  • transportation to and from New Orleans

  • airport transportation from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport


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 traditional 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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