The Alumni Retreat is open only to those who have attended a previous Wordsmith Workshop. Registration for 2020 is now closed.


You've been waiting for it for a long time, and the Alumni Retreat is finally here! Are you ready for some fun, Wordsmithers? Our passionate alums - many of whom are on their third, fourth, or even ninth (!!) retreat - are the heart of Wordsmith Workshops and it's crazy to us that some of you haven't even met yet! So let's all get together in a luxe cabin in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and just have a good time!

Beth and Cristin won't be doing any formal teaching, but that doesn't mean the advice (and publishing gossip) won't be flowing. And, most importantly, Chef Lynn and her famous chicken cutlets will be there while we hang out, take a dip in the hot tub, play a few rounds of Mafia, and maybe even write a little. 

Alumni Reunion Retreat

November 2020

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


This retreat runs from Wednesday, November 4th to Sunday, November 8th, 2020. Registration closes on April 15th, 2020.


$500 for a shared bed

$600 for a shared room

$750 for a private room

All rates include accommodations, catered meals provided by our private chef, and transportation to and from the airport in Knoxville if needed.


All accommodations are first-come, first-served. We will do our best to provide you with your preferred type of room but cannot guarantee it will be available.


A $200 deposit is required to secure your place with the balance due 90 days before the retreat starts. We offer very flexible payment options. Cancellations will be fully refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee, if we can fill your spot. Full terms and conditions are here.

In order to keep costs down, the retreat house will not be chosen until we know how many writers are participating. The pictures above are indicative of the type of house we will be using.


This workshop is open to all writers who have previously attended one of our workshops.