Writing Away Retreat

Join Random House author Cicily Janus for her semi-annual retreat among the Rocky Mountains. Writing Away Retreats allows writers time with the very best agents, editors and authors in an intimate environment to maximize feedback and minimize writing interruption. Past staff includes Tim Oconnell from Random House/Vintage, Gary Heidt from Signature Literary Agency and authors Doug Crandell. Limited number of writers are accepted.  This is a SMALL retreat, 8-12 writers total. Writing sample required for admission and is judged by current staff. Some of the Staff for October 2009 is Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Lit., Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistics, Scott Hoffman of Folio Literary Agency, Mike Signorelli of Harper Perennial and Kate Gale, Notable Poet and Owner of Red Hen Press, former president of PEN America.


Themed Fiction/Essay/Poetry contest for full ride to the October retreat.  Theme: Burning Down the House. Deadline July 1, 2009. Entry fee: $20.00 includes 10% off retreat if not winner. 5K word limit for fiction and essay, or submit 3 poems on theme. Contest judged by Sorche Fairbank. Submit to creativelivesworkshop@hotmail.com.  Paypal invoice for entry fee will be sent upon receipt of entry.  Further details on site.  Second partial scholarship available. 60% off either 5 or 11 day retreat.  If 5 day retreat is chosen two winners will be picked. Deadline to enter, June 15, 2009. Winner announced July 1, 2009.  Top 10 list/Letteman style of why you should do the dishes of other writers works as entry.  Most clever entry wins!


Included in cost of retreat is a 10K word MS critique per staff member.  This means there is the potential for over 40K words of MS critiqued by agents from Sterling Lord, Fairbank, Folio Lit. and JaBberwocky along with editors from Harper, Penguin, Red Hen and more. Average time spent one on one with staff members has been around 2.4 hours.  Choice of 5 or 11 day retreat.  Payment plans available/Paypal accepted. All-inclusive with gourmet meals and million dollar estate lodging in the Rocky Mountains!  Open your mind to a different kind of conference and make an investment in your career today!  Discount for registrants that pay in full and register before July 1. Couples welcome.


“I will be forever grateful for this retreat. As a new writer tackling the most ambitious project I could dream p, this was an invaluable opportunity to get some great feedback early on from people in the “know” with respect to writing. Even better was all of the enthusiasm and intelligent conversations, so thank you! You are definitely giving back to the world.”

~Todd Chaney

Writer Attendee for May 2009,

“What a brilliant concept you have in “writing away retreats.” The good food combined with the warm and nurturing atmosphere made this the ideal escape for writers. My retreat has been a mind-opening experience. The community of like minded individuals combined with an excellent quality of life and your incredible generosity of spirit has pampered and renewed me. “

~Audrey Harris

Attendee of Writing Away Retreats

Senior Publicist for Harper Collins


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