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Writing with Suzie is a unique online writing and training experience.   

Doable. Flexible. Affordable.   

Suzie is a bestselling author of 11 books. She has mentored writers for well over a decade. She has worked with large ministries as a writing mentor. She has taught at writing conferences.   

One thing she noticed is that many attendees/members become life-long learners. 

Her goal is to create life-long writers.  

That’s why Writing with Suzie is a building-block course. Each online course builds upon the next. A student builds her book from the foundation up. Teaching videos, assignments, instruction, and tons of encouragement built right in. The goal is to end the courses with your nonfiction book proposal and sample chapter(s) ready to go.

Check out Writing with Suzie online courses today.   


Spring Breathe Retreat


Due to COVID the spring retreat is on hold indefinitely.

The spring retreat is a more intensive “boot-camp” style event for intermediate nonfiction book writers. This retreat includes three pre-training sessions and homework. 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.

Fall Breathe Retreat



Due to COVID the fall retreat is on hold indefinitely.

The Fall event is 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 includes three pre-training sessions and homework.


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About Suzie

Suzie (Suzanne) Eller is a bestselling author, 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 11 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and finds joy in watching women launch their dream of sharing their unique message.

Breathe writing retreats are among the most inexpensive available.

  • $459 for the Fall retreat
  • $499 for the Spring retreat

— Cost includes three days and two nights of bunk-style group lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast.

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.

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 perfect for writing! (There is Internet service in main areas.)


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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  

How do I register?

This conference/retreat is on hold due to COVID19. 

Once registration opens, a $100 nonrefundable deposit holds your place. It’s first come, first serve.

The remainder is due one month before the retreat.

Cancelation policy: 

  • 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 lo a tucked away treasure on the OK/AR border where visitors can hike, kayak, canoe, and ride horseback on a rugged trail. It’s scenic and peaceful.

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)


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.


When does the retreat begin and end?

Arrival time: Retreat registration 3:00 p.m. CT

First meal: Friday, 5:00 p.m. CT
Last meal: Sunday, 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 bedding and toiletries?

In the bunk-style lodging, you bring your own bedding, pillow, towels, and toiletries. For those flying in, we will provide clean bedding just for you!

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

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