The retreats are full all 3 sessions, but that doesn't mean you can't get in! The wait list is there to serve you. This year, at this point, the end of July, the wait list is not very deep, a handful of names at best. The previous two years, to fill spots due to late cancellations, I went through a list of more than 25 names. You never know who on that list might not be able to attend, or can only go one session or another, and suddenly your name comes up. So don't be shy, add your name if you're interested in the 2016 retreats!
Registration for 2016 has closed, but that doesn't mean everything's in stone. If you missed the window of opportunity, use the "Contact Us" form to be placed on the waiting list for any or all sessions, as openings occur. And occur they do. Already as I write this, a handful of names are on the wait list, so don't delay.
One session sold out in half an hour, a second session a few days later, and the last session just today, only three days after the registration period began.
It happens so fast! As I'm writing this, one session (#2) is already sold out, and I just opened registration at 6:30 tonight. But room in 1st and 3rd! Go to the REGISTRATION page for more information.
Wow. What a wonderful three weeks of writing! This year saw the inaugural year of session 3, and those upstarts took it to sessions 1 and 2 with a total of 277,500 words written! But the numbers were fabulous for all three sessions. My rough estimate of words written in all three sessions: 700,000+
Congrats, too, to word count king Mark Edwards from session 2, who finished with just over 42,000 words written! Honors for session 3 went to Maggie Croft, with 34,000, and session 1's Randy McCharles finished with 30,400.
There will be 3 sessions again next year! Stay tuned for registration for 2016! ~Patrick
Two sessions are in the books! The third session starts tomorrow. Can you even STAND the thought of having to wait another year for your chance to try the retreat out for yourself? Stay tuned after the retreats, and keep an eye on the website for your chance!
The schedules and the various author discussions are now up for all three sessions over on the schedule page. Over three sessions, how's this for a list of wonderful presenters? Kat Richardson, Ellen Klages, Rachel Swirsky, James Van Pelt, J.A. Pitts, Brenda Cooper, Daryl Gregory, Nancy Kress, Fran Wilde, Jack Skillingstead, David Levine, Greg Bear, Devon Monk, Diana Pharaoh-Francis, and Susan Matthews.
Just over a month until session #1! Things have been a bit more hectic wrangling a THIRD session, so all in all, I'm a bit behind where I usually am at this point. But attendees are getting room assignments soon, and a little later, a schedule will be coming with specific information.
There have been fewer cancellations this year--at least so far--and we still have about 20 people on the wait list.
The last slots for the 2015 retreats have been sold. As of now, if you have any interest in attending, fill out the form on the "Contact Us" page to be put on a waiting list. Once accommodations are figured out for attendees, there's a slight chance a spot or two might become available in one or more sessions. This depends on whether attendees are rooming together in such a way as to leave a motel room available.
Registration opened last night, with that third session added, and it was amazing that the site held together with all the traffic. Sorry if you had a hankering for session 2, but it sold out in about 18 minutes! As of this writing though, session 1 and 3 still have slots available. But don't delay!
Announcing the addition of a third session for 2015! There was just too much demand for it, so here you go, folks. I've already scheduled a couple of special guests to whet your interest: Greg Bear and Devon Monk. Stay tuned...registration opens soon!