2021 VIRTUAL RETREAT SCHEDULE

Friday, April 23rd

12:00 – 4:00 PM – Write-in (optional)

7:00 PM – Happy Hour and Icebreakers

Saturday, April 24th

10:00 AM – Welcome and social time

10:30 AM – Workshop: Choosing That Fatal Flaw

Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with enneagrams. Counselors and HR managers use this tool to identify the nine personality types: Reformer, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Guardian, Adventurer, Leader, and Peacemaker. Each one has its own uniquely heroic and distinctive traits (as well as a troublesome weakness) that naturally bring them into conflict with other people…AND with themselves.

12:00 PM – Lunch Break

1:00 PM – Workshop: His Personality Ladder
Every hero needs to move through five steps, comparable to climbing a ladder with a few detours here and there, along his journey from Mr. NOT YET Right to Mr. VERY Right.  Of course, the heroine has her own ladder to climb in parallel stages...until the end, when they reach the ultimate triumph together. There's even a ladder for the villain, although in most books he never makes it to the top!

2:30 PM – Scavenger Hunt

3:15 PM – Mini Breakout Sessions - You will be asked to choose one on the registration form, 

Brainstorming - Stuck on a plot problem in your WIP? Meet with fellow writers to share ideas and help each other troubleshoot plot issues.
 
Writing prompts - In this session, try your hand at some fun, timed writing prompts to flex your creative muscles. Participants will have the opportunity to share at the end.
 
Write on your own - Full of great ideas after the workshops? Use this time for your own writing session.
 

4:00 PM - Auction Closes

4:30 PM – Auction Winning Bids Announced, Recognition Ceremony, and Wrap-up

And a bit about our guest speaker...

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist, and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." Her favorite books are those created during her classes, with 49 First Sales so far.