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Overview

Eat-Write-Publish

October 27 - November 3, 2018

 

Join writing coach Judyth Hill and literary agent Katharine Sands for an in-depth week focusing on both craft and career. We’ll explore all aspects of your writing and book project, from powerful beginnings and plot to query letters and the business of publishing.
 

Our retreat takes place in the idyllic setting of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,* just voted #1 City in the World by Travel & Leisure magazine. Housed in a lovely 18th century colonial villa, you’ll attend classes and roundtable discussions in an intimate setting, fine-tuning your writing and laying the groundwork to sell it.
 

Bring your manuscript, your ideas and your dreams and leave with a personalized plan for success, all while enjoying the cuisine and culture of Mexico during the mesmerizing festivities of Day of the Dead.
 

Ready Your Work for Agents, Editors, Publishers and Producers!


Limited to 12 students.


*This same program is also offered in Maine, June 10-15.



Read our Reviews:

 

"Thanks ladies, you're a winning team!"

 

"My muse was reborn in San Miguel. "

 

"Recently, I had one of the most amazing trips--the kind I dreamed of all my adult life but had no hope of taking…"

 

Itinerary

Eat-Write-Publish

October 27 - November 3, 2018

 

 

DAY 1–Bienvenidos!

Arrive to San Miguel and our private villa. Settle in before a cocktail reception and dinner where we’ll get acquainted and discuss our plans for the week.

 

DAY 2–Plan the Work, and Work the Plan

Explore all the nuts and bolts that comprise a ready-to-sell manuscript. Afternoon guided walking tour of San Miguel, sampling churros and chocolate along the way. Roundtable discussion on First pages. Free evening.
 

DAY 3–Getting Ready, Getting Read and Getting Readers

In-depth discussions on creating your own plan for success. Evening cocktail party at San Miguel's Mask Museum.
 

DAY 4–First Responder on the Plot Scene

Today we'll focus on What to tell and when, how to pace your story, find and follow your arc, and engage your reader. Afternoon roundtable: Build your writing platform. Free evening.
 

DAY 5–Bring Us There: Location, Location, Location

Fine-tune the details of your book with vivid, all-five-senses-on-deck descriptions. Afternoon roundtable: Ready Your Work for Agents, Editors, Publishers and Producers. Free evening.
 

DAY 6–Day of the Dead

Travel to a countryside cemetery to witness a traditional Day of the Dead feast. Then head to Dolores Hidalgo, famous for its pottery and ice cream. Lunch at Vicente's carnitas. Evening roundtable: Come with Your Questions.
 

DAY 7–Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye

Cut through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU, and to say YES to YOU. Free lunch and afternoon to enjoy San Miguel. Farewell dinner at Quince.
 

DAY 8–Buen Viaje!

After breakfast, return to the airport or stay a few days and continue exploring San Miguel. Buen Viaje!
 

Two private 1/2 hour mentoring sessions will also be scheduled during the retreat.
 

Click the "Writing" tab above for detailed class descriptions.

Pricing

Eat-Write-Publish

October 27 - November 3, 2018

 

$2200 per person, standard room

$2500 per person, Jr. Suite

$2800 per person, Master Suite


$300 Single supplement

$900 Bring a companion  


Our San Miguel writing and publishing retreat includes seven nights deluxe accommodations - double occupancy, daily breakfast and lunch at the villa (except on Day 7), two dinners, classes, roundtables and all group activities. Also included are 1/2 hour private sessions with both Judyth and Katharine.


Not included: Airfare and transportation to and from the airport, but we'll be happy to help you with the arrangements.


A $1000 deposit is needed to secure your place in our San Miguel retreat. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised. The balance of the tour is due 60 days prior to departure. If not received by that time, EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled.


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To get the most from your retreat experience, we also offer the following add-ons:


Mentoring from a writer’s perspective:


Line-Editing & Personal Coaching:
$95/ 25 pages of line-editing with a ½ hour meeting.


Crafting Your Most Compelling Structure & Sequence:
$85/hour, submit 1 or 2 page synopsis.


Creating Vivid Characters, Vibrant Settings, Dynamic Description:
$85/hour, submit one character and one setting description, and a list of your project’s 5 most important characters and settings.


Your Needs, Your Questions!:
$95/hour, submit 5 questions with first 20 pages or synopsis.


Designing YOUR Unique Plan:
$95/hour, submit first 20 pages or synopsis.



Mentoring from an Agent’s Perspective:


Query Letter Consultation: $50, 1/2 hour


Marketing and Content Strategy Session: $85/hour, submit first 20 pages or synopsis.


Your Needs, Your Questions!: $95/hour, submit 5 questions with first 20 pages or synopsis.


Critique on Writing Strengths and Weaknesses: $95/hour, submit first 20 pages.


**Deadline for all synopsis and page submissions is September 30th.

Writing

Eat-Write-Publish

October 27 - November 3, 2018


 

Working with Judyth Hill, master teacher and poet:
 

We’ve written and re-written, but are we there yet? How, indeed, can you know when your book is ready to hit the BigTime? In our four sessions together, we will work with my ARE YOU REALLY FINISHED Checklist, and, no matter where you are starting from…we will get you to the finish line.

 

Part I: Plan the Work, and Work the Plan


Guided by our Checklist, we’ll go through all the nuts and bolts that comprise Done. This will be a time of describing your project, and your goals, asking questions and getting super clear about where you are on your journey to Ready.

 

Part II: First Responder on the Plot Scene


Even a memoir must be plotted, yup, even a collection of poems needs a captivating thread. What to tell and when, how to pace your story, find and follow your arc, engage your reader, and keep ‘em right in there. This is a function of plot, and we’ll look at the many juicy possibilities for your project: not rules: but Radar, ways to see the most compelling way to tell your story. And then…

 

Part III: Bring Us There: Location, Location, Location


Reader Drift is often caused by our not pulling them into Place, and locking that attention down by vivid, all-five-senses-on-deck descriptions. We’ll have fun, focused writing practices to get a grip on this skill.

 

Part IV: Dynamite Readings that Sell Your Book


You’ve given your book your best – now, let’s learn to perform it with verve and passion. Engage your audience, and bring YOUR unique style fully forward.

 

Learn more about Judyth here

 

Working with Katharine Sands, literary agent and creator of Pitchcraft:


Writers are welcome at many stages of creation and in many formats, whether developing and marketing material for print, digital or other media. During our time together, we’ll discover all the many ins and outs of the publishing universe.


Parts I: Getting Ready, Getting Read and Getting Readers


Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further. In this class, Katharine shows you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into this category—and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth.

 

Part II: From First Writes to Last Rights


Delve into trends in publishing, expanding digital markets, and the actual business of books—and its quirks and processes and challenges. Tour the submissions and acquisitions process of getting-an-agent/submitting-to-editors, focusing on fundamental guiding principles behind all successful authors and the author-agent-editor relationship, including how to identify and develop your selling points and sales engines

 

Parts III & IV: Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye


The best pitches give off sparks, create a moment, or pose a provocative question just to give a taste of the project. Learn what to do--and what not to do--when summarizing your book: How to get an agent from the get-go; start in a logical place, yet from a compelling perch; how to encapsulate in clear core points; ways to create coming attractions that whet the reader’s appetite for more—and how to avoid "Querial Killers": the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make. This class cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU, and to say YES to YOU.

 

Learn more about Katharine here

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