You do not have to be a published author to attend the retreat or even have extensive writing experience. Simply come with an interest in writing, an eagerness to learn more, and a desire to enjoy the company of other writers. Plan to savor the time with these like-minded folks. The writing vibration in this house is, well, awesome!
Attendees will be working on their own varied projects. Some may be writing materials for a nonfiction book (such as memoir, self-help, inspirational), some for their businesses, blogs, or other nonfiction projects. Some will be writing fiction. Bring any writing project you wish to work on during the retreat. Or wait for inspiration to strike once there.
Many aspects of writing are not genre-dependent, so the mini-workshops will support whatever type of writing you do. The workshops will address the writing craft, including topics such as how to write dialogue, the concept of "Show, Don't Tell," how to create scene, using sensory details to give your reader a deeper experience, writing transitions, how to use metaphor and simile, and much more. In addition, we will touch on the mind of the writer--the author mindset, what it takes to be an author, author habits and best practices. (These topics are representative of what we will cover, and are subject to change based on participant needs.) If you would like to attend a longer retreat focused specifically on the craft of fiction, please check out the St. George Island Fiction Among Friends Retreats, as well.