I’m in the process of finishing two books (more on that soon!). Thus, I’m capping retreat size to 4-5 participants so that I have time to workshop pieces myself. This means more energy to focus on you and your book(s), and additional time to dive deep with the others. It also allows me to more freely share what I’m working on. For example, at a recent retreat, I read a keynote speech I’d just written. The inspired feedback I received helped each of us, revealing sections that worked and needed work for me, and sparking a lively discussion about additional ways everyone could share their work in the world.
We know that the publishing industry can be daunting, so we offer consultation and comprehensive support for both traditional and self-publishing outlets. Once the writing and editing process is complete, we’ll help you make decisions regarding traditional and self-publishing options. We’ll craft a query letter or book proposal that you can use to promote your book to agents and publishing houses, and we can put you in contact with marketing services to get the word out about your book. We’ve assisted many first-time and experienced authors with both self-publishing and securing lucrative book deals through traditional publishing avenues.
In the end, the "writing test monster" was defeated, and my students faced the test with confidence and the tools they needed to be successful. I am proud to report that 17 out of my 18 students passed the writing test that year, and there was great jubilation in the classroom. The one student who didn't pass the test wrote to the state to ask for an explanation of her score. She received a detailed response and with a little more practice she passed the writing test on the next round. I am very proud of all of my students, and I feel honored to have played an important part in their successful graduation from high school. For many of them, these very basic writing skills provided a foundation with which to develop more advanced skills in college, and to ensure future success in their careers.