Beth Revis

is a New York Times-bestselling author with books available in more than twenty languages, including the bestselling science fiction trilogy Across the Universe and a novel in the Star Wars universe entitled Rebel Rising. In addition to science fiction, Beth has also authored the award-winning contemporary A World Without You and the fantasy Give the Dark My Love. Her Paper Hearts series aids aspiring writers. She lives in rural North Carolina with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs. Visit her at bethrevis.com.

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Cristin Terrill

is the author of the young adult novels Here Lies Daniel Tate and All Our Yesterdays, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award for Best Young Adult Novel, a YALSA pick for best young adult fiction, and one of Kirkus’ Best of 2013. All Our Yesterdays has been translated into a dozen languages and is currently in development at Universal Pictures, while Here Lies Daniel Tate has been optioned for film by Gunpowder & Sky.

In addition to her own writing, Cristin works as a ghostwriter, teaches creative writing for everyone from children to adults with Writopia Lab and Shenandoah University, and combines her love for authors and color-coded spreadsheets as the business manager for The Author Village. Find out more at cristinterrill.com.

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CARRIE RYAN

is the New York Times bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, the Map to Everywhere series (written with her husband, John Parke Davis), Daughter of Deep SilenceInfinity Ring: Divide and Conquer, and Dead Air (written with Gwenda Bond and Rachel Caine), as well as the editor of Foretold:14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction. Her books have sold in over twenty territories, and her first book is in development as a major motion picture.

Guest Authors

RACHEL HAWKINS

is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of books for young adult and middle-grade readers, including the Hex Hall trilogy, the Rebel Belle trilogy, Journey's End, Ruby & Olivia, and Prince Charming. Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Seventeen, and on major websites including Bustle, Buzzfeed, and Refinery29, and she created the popular #SexyHistory Twitter hashtag to talk about the scandals and foibles of various royals.

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

is the author of  The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of the feminist anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls and The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, & Other Dauntless Girls and co-editor of Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft.

 
 

Wordsmith Success Stories

Rosiee Thor

I signed up for my first Wordsmith Workshop on a total whim, and I'm so glad I did. The lessons I learned from Beth and Cristin have been absolutely invaluable -especially their query writing workshop, which helped me craft the query letter that would land me my agent and eventually lead to my debut book deal with Scholastic.

They foster an environment that's both productive and fun and have gone above and beyond for me, guiding me through the publishing world since my first retreat with them, answering all of my frantic questions, and helping me make the right decisions for my career. I try to fit Wordsmith into my schedule whenever I can - if not for the excellent learning, then at least for Chef Lynn's famous chicken cutlets!

Ashley Schumacher

Writing can be a tricky and lonely pursuit, but people and places like Wordsmith Workshops make it less so. Whether you are looking to receive expert feedback on your manuscript, make new writing friends, or just hide away from life long enough to sort out that one stubborn chapter, you will find this workshop to be a safe haven. Cristin and Beth’s support and constructive criticism for my opening pages were invaluable, as was the advice I received from them during my decision-making process as I chose an agent to represent my work.

 

I've now signed with my dream agent and my debut novel will be out from Wednesday Books in 2021. I’m not saying it’s all thanks to Beth and Cristin’s advice or Chef Lynn’s food… but I’m not saying it’s not either! 

Cassie Gustafson

Cristin and Beth are magic. I attended my first Wordsmith Workshop at a crazy-busy time of life transitions, but just a few hours into that first retreat, I felt genuinely rejuvenated and re-inspired. My time with this singular community of writing peers (and Chef Lynn’s superb cooking!) refilled my creative well in ways I didn’t even know I needed.

 

And a major added bonus? Both manuscripts that Cristin and Beth have lent their expert advice on have since won awards, the 2018 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Artist Award and the 2018 NESCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship. See what I mean? Magic!