Do you desire a unique writing/training experience?
Join bestselling author, Suzanne (Suzie) Eller for an intensive, personal training and writing retreat experience. Retreats are held twice a year. Each retreat is limited to 25-30 for a small-group, hands-on experience.
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 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.
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
$449 for the Spring retreat
— Includes three days and two nights of bunk-style group lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast. Also includes all pre-training sessions, handouts, brainstorming and teaching sessions at the ranch.
Lodging is bunk-style in cabins with up to 6 people in a room. Community showers and bathrooms in each room. Linens are not provided. (Those of us driving can bring extra clean linen for those flying in, if needed!)
There are a very limited number of private rooms. 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.
- Deposit is non-refundable.
- Each pre-training you received is assessed at $65 per session.
- If you cancel within 10 days of the retreat, there is no refund.
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)
Second nearest airport: TUL (approximately 1.15 minutes — you are responsible for transportation to and from ranch)
When does the retreat begin and end?
Arrival time: Retreat registration 3:00 p.m. CT
First meal: 5:00 p.m. CT
Last meal: 8:00 a.m. CT
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.