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Retreat to the Springs is a roaming writers’ workshop that takes place in such places as Capon Springs WV, Yellow Springs OH and Steamboat Springs CO. Here’s our next one!

Yellow Springs, Ohio

John Bryan Community Center

October 26 to 28, 2018

Join us for a retreat in a fantastic village setting, where you’ll receive expert instruction from fantastic writers: Ann Hagedorn, creative nonfiction; Donna MacMeans, romance; Jason Sanford, scifi/fantasy; and Valerie Coleman, self-publishing. Learn the strategies and tactics of being a successful, published author. Sign up for an optional one-on-one manuscript critique! (One-on-one manuscript critiques cost an additional $25.) Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning are yours for only $195.

Faculty

Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security and four previous books: Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919. She has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, and The San Jose Mercury News. She has taught writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Xavier University, and Miami University. She holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Denison University. Learn more about Ann at www.annhagedorn.com.

Donna MacMeans is the winner of the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America in 2006 and has since written sensuous Historical Romance for Berkley (an imprint of Penguin Random), romantic suspense for a small press, and indie published fun paranormals just for her. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, and has been a finalist for several times and in several categories. She has won or finaled in many regional contests as well. Her books consistently receive high praise and glowing reviews, and have been published around the world. A licensed CPA, Donna currently serves as the Treasurer for Romance Writers of America, as well as maintains a small tax practice. She received the 2013 RWA Service Award and the 2014 RWA Pro Mentor award for her work with unpublished writers. She has taught workshops for the Nora Roberts Institute, the Writer’s Boot camp for RT, The Thurber House, the Antioch Genre Fiction day, several libraries, several RWA conventions and numerous RWA chapters. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband of 40+ years, along with a demanding cat who likes to dive bomb her from the bed headboard at five o’clock in the morning. Please contact her at www.DonnaMacMeans.com.

Jason Sanford is an award-winning short story author and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. Other publications include multiple stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction along with stories in Year’s Best SF, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other magazines and anthologies. Jason is a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award, a three-time winner of the Interzone Readers’ Poll, and the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. His stories have also been named to the Locus Recommended Reading Lists along with being translated into a number of languages including Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, and Czech. Jason co-founded the literary journal storySouth, through which he ran the annual Million Writers Award for best online fiction. His critical essays and book reviews have been published in SF Signal, The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Pedestal Magazine and other places. He also writes a monthly column for the Czech SF magazine XB-1. His website iswww.jasonsanford.com.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves experts and professional speakers to magnify and monetize their message by publishing quality books. She co-founded the Dayton Book Expo, the city’s premiere book event. Since its inception in 2010, the expo has hosted over 500 authors and thousands of book lovers. As a best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie has helped thousands of aspiring authors navigate the mysterious labyrinth of self-publishing. With over fifteen years of experience in the book business, this expert divulges industry secrets on avoiding the top five mistakes made by new authors, pricing your book to sell and identifying dishonest publishers. Her dynamic presentation and knowledge of the business saves thousands of dollars, hours of research and tons of frustration by making publishing quick, easy and affordable. PenOfTheWriter.com | QueenVPublishing.com 888.802.1802

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Facilitator

Wendy Hart Beckman is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, and author. She has published eight books of nonfiction (including Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati and Harlem Renaissance Artists and Writers), as well as more than 300 articles in print and online. She has an M.A. in English, with a concentration in editing and publishing, and a graduate certificate in professional writing. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and Sinclair Community College, and has owned her own writing and editing business since 1994. She frequently speaks at writers’ workshops and retreats, including the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Midwest Writers Workshop. Follow her at www.wendyonwriting.


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Other useful pages

www.yellowspringsohio.org/ About the town of Yellow Springs

Lodging:

http://www.stayyellowsprings.com/ Lodging in Yellow Springs
Baymont Inn & Suites Nearby hotel in Fairborn

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If you’re in the Cincinnati area and are looking for a writers’ group, please check out my Writing Workshop Workshop. We began as a group of writers who had attended my Communiversity classes on writing. We were discussing the art of critiquing other writers’ work and being critiqued by them. Where can you learn how to do this? At the Writing Workshop Workshop!

 

We meet the second Sunday of every month. Currently, we are meeting at the Green Dog Café in the Columbia-Tusculum area. We start the meeting at 1 and conclude at 3. If you want to eat, come a little early. Bring $5 for the kitty (and more if you want to eat). Bring seven minutes’ worth of work to read: fiction, nonfiction, query letters, blog posts, poetry — all are welcome.

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Writing Workshop Workshop

We’ve had a great run at Allyn’s Café over the years. (Special thanks to Allyn and Andrew!) However, for the foreseeable future, we will be moving across the street to the Green Dog Café. We will also be moving to 1 p.m. The rest will stay the same: good food, good company, great writing.

Our next meeting will be Sunday, October 9, at 1 p.m. at the Green Dog Café. Please join us!

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Just in case we aren’t messed up enough with the time change this weekend (move your clocks ahead Saturday night!), we are meeting an hour early on Sunday, March 13. So on the 13th, we will meet at 1 p.m. at Allyn’s Café on Columbia Parkway.

As always, bring seven minutes’ worth of work to read, $5.00 for the kitty, and your appetite! (Our stomachs will think it’s noon.)

See you Sunday!

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We’re a group of friendly, experienced writers who meet monthly in Cincinnati to share our writing. We generally meet on the second Sunday of the month at Allyn’s Cafe on Columbia Parkway. Bring seven minutes’ worth of material to read (plus paper copies, if you wish), $5 for the kitty (more if you want to order off Allyn’s great menu), and a friend (if you like).

Our next meeting is Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. I hope to see you there!

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Well, the reviews are in and they’re great!

OK, I’ve actually had them for weeks, but I just remembered that I have to send them to Communiversity at UC. In April, I taught a one-day workshop called “Writing to Publish.” We had a great class, with lots of good questions about writing, formatting, and publishing your work.

Here are some of the highlights from the evaluations:

“You learn from a person who actually practices. Thank you. Loved it!”

“I learned exercises to help me unlock my writing blocks.”

“Fantastic! I truly learned so much about the writing market. [Would recommend this class to others] absolutely — so informative and so constructive. Very thorough, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Your next opportunity to hear my instruction on writing and publishing will be at my Capon Springs Nonfiction Writers’ Retreat. Even if fiction’s your thing, you’ll benefit from the beautiful surroundings and the instruction from Ann Hagedorn and me.

Registration deadline is August 15. Make your $50 deposit through PayPal to reserve your place.

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Capon Springs Nonfiction Writers’ Retreat
Postponed to Fall 2016
Capon Springs, West Virginia

Join us for a retreat in a fantastic mountain setting, where you’ll receive expert instruction from two award-winning writers: Ann Hagedorn and Wendy Hart Beckman. Learn the strategies and tactics of being a successful nonfiction author. Experience a one-on-one manuscript critique. And enjoy personal time for writing while exploring the exquisite, inspiring surroundings! The retreat fee of $450 includes all workshop instruction, lodging, meals, gratuities, and taxes. (more…)

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