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May 31 - June 2, 2024



Registration is now open for our next Virginia City Retreat Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2! Once again we will stay at the beautiful St. Mary's Art Center, a National Historical Landmark built in 1875, for the three day, two night event. Back by popular demand, joining us for this event is Timothy Travaglini, Literary Agent with Transatlantic Agency out of New York.

One hour-long class will be provided on Friday titled "Recognizing Passive Voice and How to Make it Active," and on Saturday award-winning author Suzanne Morgan Williams (BULL RIDER, SIERRA BLUE) will teach, "Writing by Ear: Timing, Rhythm, and Word Choice to Make your Manuscript Sing."

Best-selling author Terri Farley (PHANTOM STALLION series, WILD AT HEART) will join Tim and Suzy for an Author/Agent Q&A Panel Saturday evening, so please come ready with questions!

After a pot luck on Friday night, you will be responsible for your own meals. There are many amazing restaurants to visit in Virginia City, as well as a large refrigerator and full kitchen onsite if you prefer to bring your own.

For those of you unable to commit to an entire weekend, half-conference options are now available. 

Please click here for the registration form. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me here.

Thanks, and I hope you see you soon!!


Testimonials from Past Events

"What a weekend! 10,000+ words written on my WIP, nearly pee-my-pants laughter, inspirational classes, fabulous companions, and a fair and kind critique! Not to mention, a gorgeous setting!"
~Jackie Green

"I love these writing retreats. Having focused time allowed me to reread my 70,000 word manuscript. And the two speakers gave practical things for me to look at as I edited. I also enjoy hanging out with other writers during the free time."
~ Jacci Turner

"This motivational long weekend with talented people pushed me to finally complete my first novel and gave me the confidence to start reaching out to agents. Also, I'm pretty sure I made friends with a ghost."
~ Nick Josten

"I love this retreat, because no matter what's going on in my life, I end up writing 1,000 to 2,000 words. And those are good words, clean words on a project. I also write between 3,000 to 5,000 words in journaling and brainstorming ideas. Plus, I love to be around other writers for a fun weekend."
~ Linda Kay Hardie

"The Writers' Conference at St. Mary's Art Center was amazing. What a fantastic atmosphere to get the creative juices flowing! As a new author, I learned a lot and wrote a ton. Thanks for the fun!"
~ Barbara Arbogast

"It was really amazing! Relaxed, yet had that one-on-one feel. And I got a lot done!!"
~ Jade Griffin

Upcoming Retreats

May 30 - June 1, 2025
Details coming soon!!

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