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"Out of Excuses" The Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat

Writing Excuses

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

"Out of Excuses" The Writing Excuses Workshop and...

Registration Information

Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Basic Attendence
The Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat includes registration and on-campus meals. Room not included. You will need to either provide your own housing, or reserve a room in our hotel block at the Best Western
1 Registration Ended $500.00 $0.00
Attendance + The Garret Bed
From Woodthrush Woods
This includes registration, meals, and The Garret Bed. This is a cozy twin bed tucked under the garrett at the top of the stairs in Woodthrush Woods. It is suitable for someone who wants to stay "on-campus" and enjoys being in the thick of things. The bed is not in a private room, but situated at the top of the stairs just outside the suite that the WX cast will be staying in. (Ear plugs and eye mask provided. Max capacity, 1 person)
Sold Out Ended $990.00 $0.00
Attendance + Kenny's Room
From Woodthrush Woods
This includes registration, meals, and Kenny's Room. This small private room on the second floor of Woodthrush Woods was Mary's father's childhood room. It has a twin bed, a built-in desk, the original Erector Set., and a secret passage. Tucked into one of the gables, the ceilings are sloped and cozy. (Max capacity, 1 person)
Sold Out Ended $1,025.00 $0.00
Attendance + Edith's Room
From Robin's Roost
This includes registration, meals, and Edith's Room. This charming room with a double-bed is in Robin's Roost, the second house on the property. It comes with a school desk for recording your thoughts and is next to the sun room where the workshops will be taught. (Max capacity, 2 people)
Sold Out Ended $1,050.00 $0.00
Attendance + Robinette's Roost
From Woodthrush Woods
This includes registration, meals, and Robinette's Roost. This double-bed room on the main floor of Woodthrush Woods belonged to Mary's grandmother, Robinette. It is immediately next to the ground floor bathroom and overlooks the backyard. (Max capacity, 2 people)
Sold Out Ended $1,075.00 $0.00
Attendance + Dr. Walker's Room
From Woodthrush Woods
This includes registration, meals, and Dr. Walker's room. This double bed room on the second floor of Woodthrush Woods, belonged to Mary's great-grandfather. Newly renovated, it has high, vaulted ceilings and a door into the attic, which is full of writing prompts such as Dr. Walker's original doctor's bag and the Door to Nowhere. (Max capacity, 2 people)
Sold Out Ended $1,100.00 $0.00
Attendance + Walter's Room
From Robin's Roost
This includes registration, meals, and Walter's Room. This is a kingsize bed in Robin's Roost, the second house on the property. Workshops will be held at Robin's Roost in the sun room, and this offers easy access to them. The thick log walls make it secluded and quiet. (Max capacity, 2 people)
Sold Out Ended $1,150.00 $0.00
Attendance + Hersel's Room
From Robin's Roost
This includes registration, meals, and Hersel's room. Located in Robin's Roost, the second house on the property, this room has a private bath, full bed plus a trundle mattress. It has a private bath and is just off the sun room where the workshops will be held. (Max capacity, 2-3 people)
Sold Out Ended $1,200.00 $0.00

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Event Details

For the first time, the Writing Excuses team is hosting a workshop and retreat for our listeners. This weeklong event gives you one on one time with the hosts, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler. 

Registration opens at noon EST on October 15, 2012. There are 30 openings available.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

The week kicks off with three full days of intensive workshops taught by the WX hosts. All on-campus meals are included during the week.

WX will also be recording sessions while there, so you will get an opportunity to shape episodes by the questions you ask. Plus you get to watch the team record live.

Starting on Wednesday evening, the remainder of the week is time for you to put what you learned to good use, and write. You're out of excuses...

LOCATION

Woodthrush WoodsThis event is being held at Woodthrush Woods in Chattanooga, TN. Set on thirteen wooded acres, Mary Robinette Kowal's grandfather built this house on the old family farm. There are two houses on the rustic property, the main house, Woodhrush Woods itself and the log house, Robin's Roost. Walking paths allow you to explore the grounds, wade in the creek, or just sit in the rocking chairs on the front porch. Mary's grandfather was an electrician so there are outlets everywhere and wifi throughout both houses.  

That's right, you can write outside in the pergola with an outlet and wifi. 

Because Mary's grandparents built their home to entertain and hold folk dances, the spacious rooms provide plenty of places to write in a group or find a private space.

Workshops will be held in the sunroom at Robin's Roost.

Meals on-campus are part of your registration. This includes a continental breakfast served in both houses, lunches at Robin's Roost, and dinners at Woodthrush Woods.

Please note: This is a private residence built in the first half of the 1900s, and not wheelchair accessible. There are steps and raised thresholds everywhere.

(Since this is a private residence, the exact address will only be given to attendees.)

 

HOUSING OPTIONS

A limited number of rooms are available "on campus" for a full immersion experience. Prices for those include registration, meals, and the room. Please read the descriptions carefully as there are rooms in both Woodthrush Woods and Robin's Roost. 

We have also arranged for a block of rooms at a nearby Best Western, which is an easy quarter mile walk to Woodthrush. Total cost for a room in the Best Western block is $492.38. This is in addition to the registration fee. If this is your chosen housing option, register with basic attendance registration and further instructions will be sent to you.

BONUS CONTENT

In addition to the workshops, which are included in registration, attendees also have the option to sign up for breakout sessions with individual instructors. The breakout sessions allow more concentrated time in a smaller class size, or one-on-one. Each participant may sign up for one breakout. Those sessions are:

Brandon Sanderson: Blue Pencil Session

This is 15 minute one-on-one editing session. Bring the first five pages of a manuscript and get immediate feedback on your writing from a best-selling author. You can set the focus, whether it is plot, style, or general advice.

Dan Wells: 8-person Outlining Session

Each person must come prepared with a story idea, including an ending, and Dan will help turn it into a working outline ready for you to start writing.

Mary Robinette Kowal: Critique group

An 8 member critique group. Members will submit short stories up to 7500 words for critique by the group as well as Mary. (Please note that this means you are committing to critique the stories of the other group members.) 

Howard Tayler: Blurb in 15 Minutes

Sit down with Howard and get your blurb on. In this short, tightly-focused session Howard will work with you on crafting a fifty- to one-hundred word blurb designed to turn browsers and window-shoppers into buyers. 

REFUND POLICY

We will offer a full refund if there is someone to take your slot. (You may also transfer it to someone else if you wish.)

If not then:

  • Full refund until January 1st
  • 75% refund until March 1st
  • 50% refund until May 1st
  • No refunds after May 1st
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