Do you desire a unique writing/training experience?
Join bestselling author, podcaster, blogger and writing mentor, Suzanne (Suzie) Eller, for an intensive and personal training/writing retreat experience.
Retreats are held twice a year. Each retreat is limited to 25-30 for a small-group, hands-on experience.
Suzie’s method of brainstorming is the first to actually make sense and work for me. I am incorporating this method into all of my writing projects is changing how I brainstorm, write, and work concisely for my reader. ~ Melanie Davis Porter
The Breathe Writing Retreat was the perfect rhythm for rest and writing. Suzie Eller had obviously worked very hard to create intentional content with spaces and time for writing. As a bonus, Suzie sat down with each of us to go over the work we had done prior to the retreat. This retreat and Suzie’s encouragement were an answer to my prayers as I am one step closer to publishing the story God is writing. ~ Karmen Smith
The pre-training sessions were invaluable. I accomplished so much before I even arrived at the retreat. Not only did I learn from Suzie’s teachings at the retreat, the hands-on exercises and input from other writers help me solidify my book proposal. Finally, I am ready to hit send! ~ Vickie Henderson, author, speaker, podcast host
Suzie Eller’s Breathe writing retreat was an incredible jumpstart. It put me on the path of writing my book and providing new tools to hone my writing skills. Suzie’s teachings, fellowship with other writers, and the time to hone my craft were priceless. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! ~ Christy Rodriguez, Brave Girl Community
The Breathe Writing Retreat fully lived up to its name: it was a wonderful opportunity to get away, breathe, and focus on writing. While so many writing conferences are packed with large meetings, intense workshops, and networking, this was the perfect combination of short teachings, ample time for individual writing, and one-on-one time with Suzie herself. The number of participants kept the meeting intimate and allowed for connection among the writers. Suzie is a breath of fresh air in an industry that can be overwhelming. I left this writing retreat refreshed and with a clear plan for my book. ~ Kathryn Gardner-Vandy, professor, writer
Join bestselling author and writing mentor, Suzie Eller, in a unique writing retreat designed for the beginning nonfiction book writer.
While the spring event is an intensive retreat for intermediate nonfiction writers who desire to get their books in the hands of an agent or publisher, the fall event is more low key. It is a more relaxed teaching event for nonfiction writers closer to the beginning of their publishing journey. The focus is on the craft and business of writing a first book.
This retreat is a more intensive “boot-camp” style retreat for intermediate nonfiction writers. This retreat includes three pre-training sessions and homework.
What is an intermediate writer? For this retreat, a writer has an idea for a book and is willing to do the hard work to hone their idea, define their audience, identify the value in their book, and craft a proposal and sample chapters.
Who is Suzie?
Suzie (Suzanne) Eller is a bestselling author and Bible study teacher, Intl. speaker, top 100 Christian women’s blogger, co-host for More Than Small Talk podcast, and a writing mentor and teacher for more than 15 years.
She is the author of 10 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and loves to watch women launch their dream of publishing. She is currently writing her 11th book.
What makes this writing retreat different?
Most writing conferences offer a one-to-three day writing/teaching experience and costs can be higher — double or triple the cost of this retreat.
This retreat offers a weekend of teaching and writing, but also includes three pre-teaching sessions and homework. These sessions are offered through a face-to-face group conference call or video in the weeks leading up to the retreat.
Training is taken deeper with additional sessions including group brainstorming at the retreat. Writers have blocks of time to simply write in a beautiful ranch setting, taking what they’ve learned and fleshing out or fine tuning their proposal and sample chapters. It also includes a limited number of one-on-ones with Suzie during the retreat.
What is the cost?
$429 for the Fall retreat and $449 for the Spring retreat.
This includes three days and two nights of bunk-style group lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast. It also includes all pre-training sessions, handouts, brainstorming and teaching sessions at the ranch.
Lodging is bunk-style in cabins with up to 8 people in a room. Community showers and bathrooms are in each room. Bed linens and towels are not provided. (Those of us driving can bring extra clean linen for those flying in, if needed!)
There are only two private rooms available. There is an extra $50 per night fee for these rooms. Please note if you are interested, but with the understanding that they may not be available. These sell out quickly.
Cell service is unavailable at the ranch, which is great for writing. There is Internet service in main areas.
How do I register?
When registration opens, a $100 nonrefundable deposit holds your place. The remainder is due one month before the retreat.
Cancelation policyFor the Fall retreat: The deposit is nonrefundable. If you cancel before September 1st, you’ll be reimbursed all funds received minus the deposit.
If you cancel before September 30th, you’ll be reimbursed all funds minus the deposit and a $50 per pre-training session fee.
If you cancel after October 20, there will be no refund. (You can contact someone on the waiting list to see if they want to take your place and reimburse you.)
Where is New Life Ranch?
New Life Ranch is located on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. It’s a tucked away treasure where visitors can hike, kayak, canoe, and ride horseback on a rugged trail. It’s scenic. It’s peace-filled.
We are not scheduled for activities, except for a short hike to the lake and a hot chocolate/Smore’s night on Friday. You are absolutely free to kayak or hike at any time during the retreat. There is also a beautiful chapel for prayer.
Nearest airport: XNA (about 35 minutes — you are responsible for transportation to and from ranch)
Another option: TUL (approximately 1.5 hours — you are responsible for transportation to and from the ranch)
Arrival time: Retreat registration 3:00 p.m. CT
First meal: 5:00 p.m. CT Friday
Last meal: 8:00 a.m. CT Sunday
What if I have food allergies? NLR offers some options for food allergies. They also have a refrigerator if you need to store special foods.
What about transportation? XNA and TUL both offer rental cars. Some attendees drive in together. Each attendee is responsible for transportation to and from the ranch.