A one-of-a-kind boutique retreat for all writers:
Picture book, middle grade, young adult, plus adult.
And Illustrators, too
Come join 40 authors and illustrators at a river front lodge,
2 hours from Anchorage and 2 hours from Denali National Park
(in case you want to add on to your adventure).
Literary agent Fiona Kenshole of Transatlantic Agency
Will present 2 workshops, a Q&A, and offer manuscript reviews.
At this gorgeous and secluded location you will have plenty of time for quiet work.
Optional critique groups meet two to three times.
Both evenings we gather for fireside sharing of stories, poetry, recipes—anything goes really—
And delicious deserts to sweeten your dreams.
Our guest speaker, Ms. Kenshole of Transatlantic Agency represents all authors. Although her website at says she only represents children’s authors, she just sold a book to Abrams, and does have a number of adult clients, including graphic novel writers and mystery writers. Find out more about her here.
I Want My Hat Back,a workshop on plotting, pace and structure for picture books, using the book by the same name as the mentor text.
Perfect Plot Planning,for authors of middle grade, young adult, and adult works,is fun and interactive, and uses the structure of Pride and Prejudice to show how you can structure plots and sub-plots.
Illustrators: exact workshop in the works…3 hours on Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
FOOD: We’ve managed to keep the price very low, only $295! (early bird pricing) To do this, we will be having a potluck dinner on Friday. The cabins have kitchenettes for reheating food. Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday will be simple but hearty. Lunch on Saturday will be a build-your-own sandwich and salad bar. Saturday you will be free to eat dinner in the fun and funky village of Talkeetna. We will gather both Friday and Saturday nights for open mic/story telling for potluck desserts.
LODGING: Susitna River Lodge has lodge suites and cabins. All attendees will have their own bed, of course, though accommodations will need to be shared. There are some private rooms within the cabins, which for an extra fee, can be reserved. Find out more about Susitna River Lodging here.
CRITIQUE GROUPS: If you’d like to be part of a critique group at the retreat, please click that option below, and also click the category of writing that you will be sharing so we can put you in the right group. Past participants have found these groups invaluable. Being away from home can be a great time to really dive deep; great things can happen!
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