Beautiful Writers Virtual Retreat:
Me, You (hopefully), and 4 other Magic Makers. xo
2021 Virtual Retreats:
March 30th – April 23rd
From My Office to Yours
Can’t travel right now? Me, either! But that doesn’t mean we put our dreams on hold. If anything, breathing life into them is more urgent than ever. But you know that—that’s why you’re here!
Here’s the 411 on the Beautiful Writers Virtual Retreat—similar to, but not to be confused w/ my in-person retreats by the Sea:
If you want pastry, my chef in Carmel will be cookin’ for someone else’s cake hole. Any ocean breezes you’ll feel will most likely come from a fan. And, rather than escaping your kids/dogs/spouse, you’ll have to find your quiet spots in spite of them.
The Upside (see detailed schedule breakdown below):
Ease & Affordability. Because I’m not covering your stay at a world-class hotel and organic meals, I can offer you an immediate $4,000 discount. It’s still an investment, no doubt. But with massive results.
With a little planning, you can enjoy your favorite teas, coffees, and food just as you like them. You won’t have to maneuver around a bulky face shield! You’ll rest well knowing that we’re meeting safely from the comfort of your own home WHILE you catapult your writing career forward. And, without the temptation of the world’s cutest boutiques outside your door, you’ll save cash. You’re welcome. Speaking of savings—there’s no plane trip to pay for or rental car or pet-sitting fees.
More creation & incubation time: Since we’re not limited by the confines of staying at a hotel, we get to meet for WEEKS, giving you even more TIME to craft your masterpiece(s).
You can start now! You’re excited to get MOVING. You’ve been carrying this book for a long time and you’re feeling urgent. The minute you sign up, you receive downloads of my 6-module Book Proposal Magic course, which includes Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. This is the best, most up-to-date information I have for you when you’re ready, and has resulted in lots of agent signings and book deals (the course currently sells for $800). Even if you’re not yet working on a proposal, listen to the audios while you multitask. Take a peek at the different sections. Watch your creativity go into overdrive, for your proposal and the book itself. (And you thought you’d hate this stuff!)
And, here’s what else you get—the elements that make my in-person retreats so powerful:
* The same high-touch, small number of participants (5 max), so everyone gets maximum value.
* Lightening-fast group brainstorming sessions devoted to you and your book/books—where you get the benefit of groupthink on anything you want to share (a chapter, a blog post, an outline, a proposal—or just a messy tangle of ideas).
* Private one-on-one sessions with me—for anything you need, be it editing, brainstorming, or therapy (kidding/not kidding—this success shit is complicated).
* Follow-up literary agent connecting when you’re ready. (I email my literary dream teams your query letter, and we cross our fingers and then celebrate when they request your samples!)
To check out my results (past agent & book-deal news) and more about the retreat process, this Carmel retreat page shows you the potential, regardless of venue. While I love in-person work, the online process has been delicious–who knew?
How often will I do these? I’m not sure. I have my own book deadline right now–yay! So, we’ll have to see. Here’s what I do know: I vet well. I attract amazing talents. With open hearts and unbounded creativity, new books will emerge, old ones will get sorted out, and we’ll all have psychic revelations for each other. Heaven.
What kind of writers show up? Amazing ones! As an example, in my first virtual retreat (October – December 2020), two were Carmel Writing Retreat alums with riveting books. (Their day jobs are so demanding that without the structure of a retreat, they felt like they couldn’t finish.) A third lives in Europe, where she says it was feeling cold and gloomy and she was craving the joy of a creative group. Another had supported her husband for years to become a famous artist—and it felt like high time to focus on her own creativity. Ahhhh. ✍️The synergy and synchronicities were just as poppin’ as in person, the Zoomtastic love strong from the start.
Want to join our next group? Fill out the form below, and let’s talk.
(Each retreat takes place
over 3.5 weeks.)
Our Meet-‘n-Greet start date:
Tuesday, March 30th: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST.
Whether you sign up to start in my January or March retreat, they all kick off with an introductory “lunch” meeting, where we get acquainted, share our goals and dreams, and set the space for the magic to come. We don’t yet read. That happens the following day. But just hearing each other’s stories reveals surprising synchronicities and connections I could never foresee. Happens every time! (Retreaters have even been known to start dreaming about each other’s projects! “Hey, I had a few titles come to me last night for ya.” #magic)
Our 1st brainstorming session takes place the day after our intro session:
Wednesday, March 31st: 1 pm – 4 pm, PST.
In this “formal” brainstorming session—where everyone gets 30 minutes devoted totally to them—you will read something that gives us a sense of your voice on the page. You’ll hear when we laugh or start to sniffle, sensing maybe for the first time, how your work moves a room. (Many retreaters have never shared their writing before and are amazed how good it feels to cease creating in a vacuum.)
If you’d rather talk about the many ideas and books in your head, that’s okay, too. This is YOUR time. We’re here to listen, ask smart questions, and help you find the shortest distance between where you are and where you long to be. We’re just as likely to outline a series of books or a business plan combined with a book as we are the one manuscript you thought was your sole focus.
After you read, we’ll tell you what we see, feel, and love about your story—and likely ideas to make it even more specific, cinematic, or marketable. This is where the brain trust in the room wows. Six heads kick ass over one, every time. I guarantee someone will have crucial information that you didn’t even know you needed. (Maybe they’re connected to an expert in your field, know of a book perfect for your comps, or they interject just the right zinger to make your paragraph hilarious.) You’ll leave this session clearer than you’ve been in forever, and excited about what to work on and read next. (Prepare to be amazed by everyone’s transformation at our 2nd brainstorming! Once the subconscious/muse knows we mean business it wakes up. “Oh! They’re all paying attention. Time to get BUSY!”)
Your first of three, 1-hour private sessions with me happens on your choice of: Thursday, Friday, or the following Monday.
(We’ll pick times at the end of our brainstorming sesh. And, if you’re cookin’ and at any point don’t feel the need for a private session, we’ll bank your time for editorial and/or agent support after the retreat.) Together, we’ll cover anything you need, from editing, writing, business-ing, and life-ing.
Week 2: Our 2nd brainstorm: Wednesday, April 7, 1 pm – 4 pm, PST.
Your 2nd private session = that Thursday, Friday, or the following Mon.
You read what you’ve been working on—and marvel at everyone’s process, including your own!
Week 3: Our 3rd brainstorm: Wednesday, April 14th, 1 pm – 4 pm, PST
Your 3rd private session = Thursday, Friday, or the following Monday.
The group’s seriously bonded by this point. You know each other’s work and have been pulling for and supporting one another. You’re all invested, having laughed and probably even cried together. This is the time title support, for books or chapter names seems to flow like crazy. Has something been stumping you for days, months, years? Bring it to your buddies! (If you like being connected, our 2019 group stays in super-supportive constant contact via WhatsApp.)
Week 4: Our 4th brainstorm: Wednesday, April 21st, 1 pm – 4 pm, PST
I added this extra brainstorming session during the 2020 group because, well, why not? Let’s face it, Covid sucks. Everyone was aching for connection, so why not keep going? It worked so well that I’m sticking with it. xo
Friday, April 23rd: 11 am – 1:30 pm PST.
The virtual retreat cost is split into 2 payments of $4000. You’ll make your initial payment, receive confirmation that your spot is reserved, and access to Book Proposal Magic and Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. You’ll be charged the remainder of the balance automatically, 1 week later.