Revision and Refinement Retreat

Wimberley, Texas

September 28-October 2nd, 2022


About this Retreat

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You've been asking for it, so here it is! We’re happy to announce our latest Wordsmith Workshops' offering: The Revision & Refinement Retreat!


The Revision & Refinement Retreat begins with three months of online work in which you'll evaluate your manuscript and get to know your fellow writers before the culminating in-person retreat. Revision is not something that can be done overnight; instead, we’ll be guiding you all summer long. 

Over the summer, you’ll receive lessons with specific elements to focus on when refining your manuscript: Analyzing Marketability and the Definition of High Concept in June, How to Use Tropes and Harness Your Id in July, and Evaluating Your Stakes in August.


You'll be able to work through the lessons with your fellow writers and get feedback on your efforts via an online forum and Zoom live sessions that will provide you with support as you tackle weak spots in your manuscript and give you confidence as you're brainstorming effective solutions. You’ll also be paired with another writer to swap pages and provide each other a more in-depth critique.

Once we're all together in Texas, you will have one-on-one sessions with both Beth and Cristin to develop a personalized revision strategy. You’ll leave the retreat with a clear focus and an actionable plan to get your book into its best possible shape!


El Rancho Mas is a beautiful and private sixteen acre property in Wimberley, TX, just forty-five minutes from the international airport in Austin and ten minutes from the famous Jacob's Well. The extensive grounds include a pool, hot tub, air-conditioned party barn, meditation garden, and numerous cozy nooks both indoors and outdoors for settling in and getting to work.


This retreat is designed for attendees we have worked with us before -- either at previous retreats or in an online course -- as it will build upon principles and ideas we already teach. Attendees should have a complete/nearly-complete manuscript in need of revision OR an in-depth outline for a new project. Because this is a revision retreat, you must have something to revise!

Additionally, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of the retreat. Proof of vaccination is required and proof of a recent negative test may be required based on transmission rates in the fall. 

Not sure if this is the right retreat for you? Just ask us and we'll

be happy to answer any of your questions!

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Wednesday, September 28th to Sunday, October 2nd, 2022


The price of the retreat is $1050-$1400 depending on the type of bed and room you choose.

This include the summer online lessons, the full program of the in-person retreat, all meals, and transportation to and from the airport in Austin if needed.​ A headshots session with a professional photographer can be booked separately.


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 and conditions can be found here.


This retreat is currently open only to writers who have previously attended one of our online or in-person workshops. 


It 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. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your flight. 

All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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