Writers’ retreat offers early registration

Jan 08, 2014

Whidbey Island Writers Association will host the March 2014 Lockdown Retreat at Coupeville’s Captain Whidbey Inn on March 14-16.

Early-bird registration is open through Jan. 15 for the 20 spaces available to attend the retreat and pre-retreat events offered March 13.

The retreat, “First Write the Book! It’s all in the Craft,” is an opportunity for writers to work in a safe, congenial and inspiring environment.

The three-day experience includes hands-on workshops, informal writing sessions with the instructors, a one-on-one manuscript evaluation and unencumbered time for writing and networking.

Led by three notable instructor-mentors – Priscilla Long, Jennie Shortridge and Randall Platt – the retreat focuses on discipline, craft, revision and how to take a work to its final stages.

Priscilla Long is best known for her expertise in style and sentence crafting and for her widely acclaimed book, “The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life.”

Novelist Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, the latest of which is “Love Water Memory.”

She is a founding member of the well-known Seattle 7 consortium of authors, which includes Garth Stein and Erica Bauermeister.

Randall Platt’s versatile writing background includes screenwriting, a humorous western series and award-winning young adult novels.

A pre-retreat workshop, “Everything You Need to Know about Book Publishing,” will be offered at the Inn from 1-5 p.m. on March 13 and is open to the public.

Taught by literary agent Andrea Hurst and editor, Margaret Bendet, the workshop will address the questions foremost in the minds of those who seek publication.

To facilitate open discussion, registration will be limited and pre-registration is required at a cost of $50 or $40 for retreat attendees.

Another pre-retreat event open to the public as well as retreat registrants is the Last Taste of Freedom appetizer buffet, held in Judge Still’s Tavern at the Inn following the workshop from 5:30-7 p.m.

An opportunity to socialize with the workshop and retreat instructors as well as fellow writers, the buffet requires reservations by March 9 and costs $25 or $15 for retreaters.

The retreat fee covers meals and lodging as well as all instructional activities and consults.

Information and registration for both the retreat and the pre-retreat events are available at www.nila.edu. Information is also available by emailing lockdownretreat@whidbey.com or calling 360-331-2038.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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