Wade, Words & Wine Retreat:
A Personal and Literary Renewal - A Three Night Writer's Retreat
Rooms are available! You must call for room choices and to make your reservation.
Thursday, May 17th-Welcome Reception and Appetizer Wine Party
Friday, May 18th- Full Day Lecture& Writing
3-Course Breakfast 8:00-9:00
9:30-1:00 Facing Your Fear & Finding Your Voice
Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer’s worst and final editor. Wade will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will share examples of his early work, and how his overcoming of fear – in his life and in his writing –was the final piece of the puzzle that changed his work and his voice forever, and led him to become a bestselling author.
Wade will also teach how to unleash your true writer’s voice. Whether writing your first novel, mystery, or memoir, “ voice” is the key to success, and the one thing every agent, editor and publisher is seeking. Before you write a word, you must first know NOT what you want to say but HOW you want to say it. Voice – not topic – is what sets every writer apart and serves as his or her greatest chance of success.
Wade will lead participants through an intensive, emotional and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: How you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. Come prepared to write. To share. To laugh. And to cry.
Lunch at the Inn 1:00-2:00
2:00-2:30-Finish Sharing Exercises From Morning “ Fear” Exercise
2:30-5:00 - Agents, Editors & Publishers, Oh, My! The Wizard’ s secrets to finding your yellow brick road to the literary world
You have a manuscript, but it doesn’t have a home. Or, at least, you are working on a manuscript, and you dream of being published. Publishing sources report that 99.9 percent of all queries to literary agents are rejected. And you thought writing was the hard part? So what makes the perfect elevator pitch? The perfect query letter? How do you beat the odds, and become part of that elite group?
Wade will teach participants how to craft the perfect query by sharing his original query, which landed seven formal offers, as well as those of some of his bestselling author-friends. Learn how to approach agents, and secure a reputable literary agent who can sell your work to a major publisher.
Wade will also walk participants through life after your book is published: What to expect when working with a major editor and publisher, how to market yourself, blog and deliver your own publicity. Specifically, Wade will teach what it’ s like to work with an editor, publishing today (the realities, challenges, and wonders), and how to be your own publicist, a necessity in the world today.
BIG, BIG, BONUS!: The highlight of Friday’s afternoon session will feature a conference call with Wendy Sherman, Wade’s literary agent and head of her own NYC boutique agency, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc. Wendy will talk about what agents do, why they are the gatekeepers in publishing, how to get their attention (you have only a few seconds), how to be successful, and how to make a career as a full-time author. Wendy will also answer your questions.
5:00-7:00 Free Time to Write, Express, Talk, Wonder & Relax
7:00 Join Wade & Gary for Dinner and “ Open Mic” Participants are encouraged to share pieces (2-5 minutes) of their current works in progress. Wine will make it soooo much easier.
Saturday, May 14th-Half- Day Lecture/Writing Half-Day Saugtauck Tour
3-Course Breakfast 8:00-9:00
9:30-1:00-Focus on Finishing!Completing Your Work, Perfecting Your Manuscript & AchievingYour Dream
We start this day with more writing. Your writing. Please bring a completed manuscript, or a work in progress, and we will focus on it for one hour this morning. The goal: What my author friends on Twitter call “ 1k1h” . You will spend the first, fresh hour this morning – overlooking the beautiful harbor of Saugatuck – inspired and writing. The goal? One thousand words in one hour. No thinking. Just writing. The oldest advice in the, pardon the pun, book is this: You will never finish if you don’ t write. So, find your focus and your rhythm with this special time. From there, Wade will conduct a joint teaching and open Q& A session, with a prime focus on your work(s) in progress. In essence, now that you’ve found your voice, you need to find your way to the end. In addition to loads of courage, talent and time, you need structure. What makes a compelling plot? How do you create tension and compelling characters? How do you tackle a memoir? How do successful writers channel that narrative flow? Wade will share his tips and creative exercises for perfecting your work and completing it, focusing on:
1:15 Lunch at the Innn.
After Lunch you will take private Shuttle Bus Tour by Gary. A fun- filled sightseeing tour of the Lake Michigan Shoreline as well as the boutique villages of Saugatuck & Douglas . After the tour head back to the Inn for some writing time or hang out with Gary as he takes you to some of his favorite shops!
**Saturday Night Dinner is on your own (not included in Package)
Time for you venture out and enjoy what Saugatuck/Douglas have to offer.
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Sunday, May 15th-Goodbye Breakfast Food, Hugs & Caffeine! So-Long to Saugatuck and New Friends/Successful Writers!
3-Course Breakfast 8:00-9:00
*****Daily Unlimited bottled water, coffee and iced tea
******Airport Shuttle If needed please arrange airport shuttle service through Nicole Muyskens/ElegantEvents, 269-277-0482 or Nicole@elegantevents-mi.com (**not included in the Package-voucher sent to guest prior to arrival)
******Please advise us of any dietary needs or food allergies
Price includes Lodging/food services/Wade’s classes, Saugatuck Tour (Excludes 8% lodging tax, airport transfers,& Saturday dinner on you own)
Rooms: Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, Champagne, Merlot, Cabernet:
Rooms: Semillon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
Rooms Riesling, Zinfandel, Claret & Petite Syrah
50% deposit is due at time of reservation with a 45-day cancellation policy
Twin Gables Inn
900 Lake Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
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