This two-day workshop is designed to develop your writing process, while working on your next bestselling novel. Write on the River is an interactive, intimate and intensive retreat and is limited in the number of participants.
We recommend each attendant come with a new project/idea for the retreat as we can then start fresh. However, it is your choice whether you want to work on a new book, a work in progress, or revise an old manuscript since you're the boss.
NY Times Bestselling author of over 65 novels, Bob Mayer and Debbie Cavanaugh a story streamer who has worked with NY Times Bestsellers including a #1 Author.
Location: Our house on the Tennessee River, outside of Knoxville, TN.
Story Idea: Getting the Kernel idea right.
Saturday PM: Locking down the Conflict Box & Firming up Story.
Sunday AM: Discussion of various creative process and continuance of idea, story and conflict.
Sunday PM: Publishing Discussion.
While that is the formal schedule, the reality is the entire weekend is spent discussing the writing process as well as the evolving state of publishing. Having experience in both traditional (42 books), indie, and hybrid publishing, as well as being CEO of Cool Gus Publishing, Bob brings a wealth of expertise about the current state and possible futures of publishing.
We start each day after breakfast. While the overall format is informal, we do make sure each person gets their fair amount of time regarding their story.
Getting your novel down to one sentence of 25 words of less.
Filling out the conflict box.Identifying and then refining your creative writing process.
Outlining your novel.
Discussing which publishing path is the right one for each participant.
Cost includes airport pickup and drop-off, accommodations (Friday through Monday morning), all meals, copies of The Novel Writers Toolkit, Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author and How We Made Our First Million on Kindle: The ShelfLess Book.
You'll receive the books prior to workshop (either print or preferred eBook format) and you should come prepared with your one sentence original idea and your conflict box filled out.Starts Saturday at 9 am
Ends Sunday at 5 pm
Airport pickup and drop off provided—Knoxville Airport is 15 minutes away. Atlanta is a 200 mile drive. Parking is available at the house. You can arrive on Friday evening and depart on Monday morning, or arrive Saturday AM by 9 and leave Sunday evening after 4 if you need to. Local participants can commute if they desire and get a reduced rate.
We also have available for use:
Whole house wifi
Universal weight machine
Separate refrigerator and microwave for workshop
One note—you must be able to put up with two lazy, hairy, yellow labs. If you're allergic to dogs, note that no matter how much we vacuum, there will be dog hair around. And when we work, there will be two dogs underfoot. Literally.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Cost: $1200 person. A $250 deposit is required to reserve a slot. It will be refunded if you need to cancel and another person fills that slot; otherwise it is non-refundable. We can take credit card payment after you arrive or you can pay by check or cash.
We work on a first registered, first choice option for the rooms.
Top Floor Blue Room—king sized bed overlooking the TN River on top floor, with private bath. Upstairs.
Top Floor Front bedroom—king size bed facing front of house, upstairs, with private bath.
Downstairs guest room—queen sized bed, no windows, dark. Bathroom on same floor with shower (no windows, so if you like dark this is the room).
Downstairs guest room--king sized bed, bathroom on same floor with shower. Has fireplace and also TV with cable.