Writing Retreat Application
I'm thrilled you're here to find out more and apply for the opportunity to work with me to get your novel done. Please carefully read through everything here. The application should take about 15 minutes to complete.
After filling out this application, you will be redirected to a thank you page that includes a link to my calendar so you can book a call with me, which is the second step in the application process.
In order to be considered for a call, please complete the application with as much detail as possible, including a sample from your novel-in-progress. This is your chance to make an impression and show me why you would be a great fit for our retreat. Because each retreat is limited to only five writers, I hand-select which writers to invite from the pool of applicants.
Please remember: time in my schedule is extremely limited. More writers than I can talk with will want these time slots—you're making a commitment to me (and to yourself) that you will show up for our call. Please schedule a time you know you can make.
I'm so excited to learn more about you and your novel!
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Have you attended a writing retreat in the past?
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share a little bit about the retreat or retreats you've attended.
When you think about the possibility of attending this Gutsy Great Novelist retreat, what excites you the most? Choose as many as apply.
Getting feedback from Joan on my manuscript.
Private coaching sessions with Joan.
Hours and hours of uninterrupted time to focus on my novel.
Creating my personal writing contract for post-retreat success.
Time with the 4 other writers with whom I'll be sharing the retreat house.
An intimate dinner with our esteemed retreat guest.
Not having to cook or clean up thanks to our personal chef.
My own private writing room in the gorgeous retreat house.
Our private beach on Brickyard Cove.
Having plenty of down-time away from all ordinary obligations and demands.
If you were to attend this retreat, what would you hope to accomplish during our week together?
Tell me a little bit about your novel—what's your working title and how much have you written?
Please cut and paste into the text box below the first 1-2 pages of the novel you're currently working on. Don't worry if it doesn't all fit ... I'm simply interested in reading a sample of your work.
Right now I have ...
Time, energy and financial resources to invest in myself and my novel.
Access to the financial resources to invest in myself and my novel.
No time, energy or financial resources to invest in myself and my novel.
Is there anyone else involved in the financial decision about whether you'll attend this writing retreat?
Which of the four 2020 retreats would you be interested in attending? Remember that each one is limited to only 5 writers, so spots are limited. Please check ALL that apply.
April 25 - May 1 with special guest Monica Wood
June 6 - 12 with special guest Robin Talbot
Aug 29 - Sept 4 with special guest Susan Conley
Oct 17 - 23 with special guest Lily King
What else would you like to share with me?
Thank you for taking the time to fill out the first part of this application; to complete the second part, click the red "submit" button below and then click on the link that appears to schedule a call with me. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to me directly:
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