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January 23-24, 2016

Authors Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn

Get Published!  Jen & Kerry of The Business of Books host an intensive Writers' Workshop here at Willows Lodge.

We've teamed up with this dynamic duo to offer a weekend retreat for aspiring authors.  With nearly 40 years of in-house publishing experience, plus 40 published books between them, Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn have created a results-oriented and motivational retreat for authors ready to take the next step toward publication.  In just 36 hours, writers will leave with all the tools they need to craft a successful proposal and pitch their book to agents and publishers with confidence.

You'll experience in-depth seminars on specific topics relating to the book business.  Because of the initimate size, attendees get personal attention and direct feedback on their individual projects.  The two-day event will cover:

* All nine elements of a successful book proposal with hands-on exercises and workshopping that result in a working proposal document by the close of the retreat.

* How to create a targeted book marketing plan and build an author platform.

* Inside intel on the publishing business, including critical do's and don'ts.

* How to craft an impactful cover letter and develop a targeted submission list.

Writers of all genres and levels are welcome.  Whether attendees have a glimmer of an idea or a polished draft, this hands-on workshop will push them to move their book project forward in a significant way and enlighten them on how the business of publishing really works.

BOOK EARLY - $870 per person based on double occupancy / $999 based on single occupancy
Rates available through December 15, afterwards rates increase $100 per person.

For those of you who would like to arrive on Friday, please inquire about a special rate.


For further information and to book your Writers' Workshop package, please CLICK HERE.



Saturday, January 23

9:00AM-10:00AM - Registration
10:00AM-11:00AM - Welcome, Introductions, State of Publishing Overview
11:00AM-12:00PM - What Every Publisher Wants You to Know: Do's & Don'ts for Selling Your Book in Today's Marketplace
12:00PM-1:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM-4:00PM - Workshop: Craft a Winning Book Proposal, Part 1
4:00PM-6:00PM - Check into your Guest Room and Relax
6:00PM - Dinner

Sunday, January 24

9:00AM-10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM-11:30AM - Workshop: Craft a Winning Book Proposal, Part 2
12:00PM-1:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM-2:00PM - The Path to Publication: assembling You Proposal & the Submission Process
2:00PM-3:30PM - Workshop: The Art of the Query Letter, Strategies for Persevering
3:30PM - Final Remarks

 " This retreat gave me exactly what I needed to start getting my writing out into the world.  The combination of insider insights, step-by-step how to's and the belief from Jen and Kerry that I could do it, gave me the confidence to put my writing out there and think of myself as an author.  Since attending, I've had more than 10 articles published and my children's book is out to publishers for review.  
Thank you Jen and Kerry."

Heather LeRoss, 2015 retreat participant