Writers Retreat Workshop 2017
WRW May 6 - 13, 2017
Oblate Retreat and Conference Center
San Antonio, TX
Author and Instructor Lisa Cron (Wired for Story, Story Genuis )
Author and screenwriter Joe Lansdale (The Bottoms, Hap and Leonard, Bubba Ho-Tep)
Mystery and Thriller novelist Reavis Wortham (Red River Mystery series, 2017 debut of Sonny Hawke series)
Author and Instructor Les Edgerton (Bomb, Hooked (WD), The Bitch)
Author, Instructor and Editor Carol Dougherty
Author, Instructor, Editor and Program Director Jason Sitzes
And Many More Exciting Staff TBA in Coming Months....
"I had a great time — really one of the best workshop experiences I’ve ever had, and I really loved the students; great group."
-David Corbett (WRW Instructor 2016. Author many books including The Art of Character, The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell)
Also, email us any questions you might have.
Oblate Retreat and Conference in the heart of San Antonio is the home of WRW. Your eight days of intensive learning, writing, workshops, ample 1-1 meetings with industry professionals, and making life-long memories will be held against the backdrop of a gorgeous Texas retreat center.
Co-founded in 1987 by the late Gary Provost (author and internationally acclaimed teacher of writing for publication) and his wife Gail, WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP is an intensive learning experience for small groups of serious-minded writers who are committed to improving and completing their novels for submission. For those who consider their writing to be a vital part of their lives, one they wish to develop as fully as possible, WRW provides the ideal experience.
Visit our photo page for past WRW events memorable moments. Read more about the history of the internationally acclaimed Writers Retreat Workshop.
What exactly happens at the Writers Retreat Workshop?
At WRW you will find a forum in which to express yourself and your creativity, your ambitions and fears. You will be made to feel at home so that nothing stands in the way of your success during the eight days.
This is a workshop, and you will work.
You'll attend class each morning and be taught WRW's in-depth, step-by-step course for crafting your novel, of any genre, for publication. This is not formulaic novel instruction. There is no such formula. Gary broke down novel structure scene-by-scene, dissected characters, taught how to choose words with impact, and shared many other fine details novelists must learn as second nature. Here, at WRW, we review these stylistic tools over and over throughout the week until you leave feeling equipped, inspired, and revitalized about your novel. We don't teach the art-- we teach the craft and instruct you on how to nurture the artist. Class instruction uses examples from classic to bestsellers of that day. Prior to the workshop you will be given a list of books used and a series of pre-workshop assignments. During the workshop you will be given assignments, then go back to your private room or one of the various outdoor spots to write. All work focuses on your novel, so while you work on your story's structure, our dedicated staff will be available to brainstorm with you on your plot. In small group sessions, while learning how to diagnose your own and others' style strengths and weaknesses, you'll also boost your editing skills.
Other optional activities include 7am Early Bird sessions, evening wine and appetizer Shop Talks (featuring agents, instructors, students, and authors), Book Signing night, 10pm Night Owl Sessions, and ample 1-1 opportunities with core and visiting staff. WRW is as close to an eight-day, 20+ hour workshop as you can get. It's unparalleled in what it offers. And most of all, if you want only a nice writing retreat in which you work on your book and socialize when needed-- it's that as well. The only request of new participants is that you attend the morning sessions based on Gary Provost's groundbreaking course-- and you'll want to anyway. WRW is immersion in the writing world whether you're writing genre, literary fiction, children's literature, memoirs, short stories, or any number of creative writing endeavors. That's why top agents and authors return year after year.
Assisting you throughout the eight days will be WRW mentors and In-Residence guests, including authors/agents/editors who will share with you the truth about today's publishing "business" and --when they meet with you -- how best to market your novel-in-progress.
Where and when is the next Writers Retreat Workshop?
WRW 2017 May 6 - 13
Oblate Retreat and Conference Center
San Antonio, TX
Rides from the San Antonio airport (very near the the retreat center) are available.
Do I belong at the Writers Retreat Workshop?
The decision to attend the WRW should, of course, be a considered one. After all, it is an emotional and financial commitment that you will be making.
Over the years, we've found that the most important prerequisite for making that decision is the belief that you deserve to be there; that you deserve to make an investment in your future as a writer. By signing up, you are proclaiming that your writing is a vital part of your life, one that you wish to develop as fully as possible. You'll understand, intuitively, that attending the WRW will mean you'll be giving the best gift you can to yourself . . . a week filled with work-and-fun- crammed days of writing and learning.
The key criteria for a successful eight days is to keep an open mind and have a willingness to expand your horizons. Through classes, assignments, diagnostic sessions, feedback, guest speakers, discussion groups, readings, informal gatherings, movies, and more, you will learn more than you had ever dreamed was possible.
What should I expect from the experience?
First of all, that you'll make dramatic improvements in your writing, editing, story sense and marketing skills. Also, that you'll meet a group of people with the same dreams and aspirations. That you'll laugh a great deal. That you'll be well-fed, nurtured and challenged. Expect to give yourself wonderful stretches of time to do the work you are meant to do--write. Expect that you'll be welcomed into the growing WRW family. Expect that your dreams will be revitalized.
Here are some comments from some of our Writers Retreat Workshop participants.
"It was perfect. I got an unbelievable amount of work done. I came home with fifty plus top notch pages. (Agent) said she would like to see it when I finish. This was the best WRW yet. It's nice being among friends, especially ones who are so well organized. Will see you next year." - John, TX (2016)
"If you want help with your novel manuscript, hie thee immediately to San Antonio. You can count on multiple looks that, at least for me, transformed my approach. The 'writing time' hours are a unique feature that recognizes the reason we’re there. Most conferences deal primarily with short stories, which leaves novelists a little short of support. Not WRW. The staff expertise is second to none. And, oh yeah, the food."
- Carl, CA (2016)
"WRW is a unique blend of writing craft education, and the development/enrichment of the spiritual side of writing. Until this retreat, I never realized one suffered without the other. Since WRW, I’ve found a deeper creativity, and a confidence I never had before. I’ve carried some of the spiritual practices into my daily writing routine and have become a richer writer as a result." - Joni, TX (2015)
"If you are a writer, and you want to be a published author, you need the best instruction, feedback, and information necessary to accomplish that goal. WRW is the place to get all three from well-placed and well-respected industry experts in a nurturing environment with members of your own tribe—the nation of writers." – Rick, NC (2015 and previous)
"I learned more about craft- about the elements of story structure and scene development in ten days than I have from years of reading writer's books and attending conferences. And I did it in a warm, supportive community in an idyllic setting. Can't beat that!" - Lynn, KY
"There is no value like this anywhere else that I've been able to find. The returns for the writer's time, money, and creative efforts are immense." - Marilyn, OH
"The perfect mix of classes and writing time. I'll be back for my fourth year." - Lynn
"The first year gives you the nuts and bolts. Returning provides more of the tools needed to build and create your story." - Kathy, Maine
"Always dreamed of spending time with other writers, just honing your craft and sharing creative ideas? WRW gives you the luxury of doing just that." - Pam
"WRW creates a new world for the writer's pen." - Brian, Seattle
I want to sign up. What should I do?
First- Feel free to email us. Request any information you need.
To participate in the WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP, visit the registration page.
Tuition for the 2017 session includes all meals and all rooms are private with private bathrooms. Plus: One on one consultations with all staff members, three EXCELLENT meals daily with fruit, beverages, and snacks available 24/8, nightly Shop Talk wine and beverage, your private room with private bathroom, all classes, and classroom materials. Everything but your transportation costs to the retreat center. There are a limited number of rooms, so you must send at least a deposit to hold your room. If you would like to make your full payment, or your deposit (second payment of $600 due two months before workshop, and the final payment of $600 due one month before workshop) by mail, send payment along with your name, address, e-mail, phone numbers (daytime, evening, fax), and a one-page summary of your novel-in-progress.
Our address is:
Writers Retreat Workshop
PO Box 170657
Austin, TX 78717
(Make checks payable to Writers Retreat Workshop.)