A Typical Day at a Retreat

Each day at Wordsmith is a carefully calibrated mix of instruction, conversation, quiet working time, and fun. 


—  Name, Title


These are the kinds of things we do:


5:00pm - Check in at Retreat House

7:00pm - Dinner provided by our private chef

8:30pm - Introductions and games



Morning: Craft workshops led by Beth and Cristin

Afternoon: One-on-one critiques and quiet writing time

Evening: Quiet writing or leisure time / Group Game / Discussion 

Morning: Business of publishing lessons and Q&A with a top agent

Afternoon: One-on-one critiques and quiet writing time

Evening: Quiet writing or leisure time / Group Game / Discussion 



Morning: Query workshop

Afternoon: Q&A with the local author who will be joining us for the day to hang out and write with us, making themselves available for further conversation. Past guests have included Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kimberly Derting, and Jackson Pearce. 

​Evening: Group reading of work and then party time!

Morning: Final breakfast and group discussion before heading home


Attending my first Wordsmith Workshop was one of the best things I've done both professionally and personally for my writing career. I came away with increased confidence in my work, newfound friendships, and a renewed enthusiasm for the writing process. I couldn't sign up for another retreat fast enough!

Cassie Gustafson: Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Summer 2019, Fall 2019


These are the kinds of things we eat:


Dinner - Lasagna, baked zucchini spears, mixed salad, garlic bread

Dessert - Apple pie a la mode


Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, bacon, cinnammon rolls

Lunch - Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato basil soup, potato chips

Dinner - Crispy chicken cutlets, green beans almondine, and homemade mac and cheese

Dessert - Cheesecake shooters with fresh strawberries



Breakfast - Buttermilk pancakes, sausage, home fries

Lunch - Pulled pork sandwiches, beer cheese soup, avocado salad

Dinner - Grilled steak or chicken, loaded baked potatoes, salad

Dessert - Lemon meringue pie


Breakfast - Cheesy grits, turkey bacon, French toast

Lunch - Club sandwich sliders, potato salad, and mixed fruit

Dinner - Pizza and garden salad

Dessert - Warm brownie sundaes



Breakfast - Bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast burritos


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