– be serious about working on a piece of writing
– currently have a work in progress or one you would like to start during the retreat
BWE aims to serve and support those who take their writing seriously, actively seeking to improve and build upon skills and knowledge they already have. We offer these writers the opportunity to receive feedback on their work, both from other serious writers as peers and from professional/multi-published authors and editors, and we strive to ensure that attendees have reached a level that would make the most benefit of these opportunities and the time they spend with us and each other. Prospective attendees start by sharing their goals in their applications. This helps us to ensure that our program will propel them toward achieving said goals.
While this retreat program is not for the would-be writer who would like only to “have been published” or that simply wish to come and hang out among other writers, we do offer other programs from time to time for them. As the retreat spans only a few days, we must move at a certain pace and provide information of specific relevance and benefit for our attendees to get the return on their investment that we promise.
At the same time, however, we do not exclude would-be writers, advanced writers or writers who prefer to work alone from joining us. We do not charge any fees for those who simply wish to stay at the resort with us or mingle with our group on the resort property outside of program activities.
2001 & 2006: Dallas, Texas
2008: Tampa, Florida
2009: Las Vegas, Nevada
2012: Fort Lauderdale
Tips for Attendees
• Notebook and pens and/or laptop, digital recorders or other supplies/equipment for taking notes
• A one-sentence summary of what your book is about (memorize it!)
• Knowledge of the presenters (take some time to read their bios on the website, interviews and profiles in the blog, and visit their websites)
• Social or business cards with information such as your name, email, social media, and website addresses, photo, etc.
• Writing samples such as clips, a work-in-progress or manuscript
• Materials specific to critique sessions if you sign up to participate
• Tote bag
Name badges will be provided upon check-in, but you are welcome to bring your own unique badge if you wish.