Conference Spotlight: Writers Workshop & Retreat in French Lick, IN

Live in Indiana? Come check out a brand-new Writers Workshop and Retreat in French Lick, IN. Called the “Everybody Has a Story” Writers Workshop, the event is from March 810, 2011. I will be there speaking on “Everything You Need to Know about Agents” and “What Editors Want: Professional Writing Practices.”


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The event is from March 8–10, 2011 at at French Lick Resort, which includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino.

An eclectic panel of writers from different genres
including nonfiction, fiction, fantasy, playwriting and poetrywill discuss navigating the oft treacherous publishing waters and fine tuning the nuances that mean the difference between a rejection letter and a publishing contract. The workshop and retreat will cater to seasoned writers and hesitant dreamers alike.


James Alexander Thom
, a bestselling author, will provide insight into researching and writing historic novels. His seven novels have sold more than two million copies. Follow the River, the story of a young Virginia woman captured by and subsequent 1000 mile escape from the Shawnee Indians, is now in its 37th printing and still sells 30,000–40,000 copies a year.

C.S. Marks (Christine Stewart Marks) will serve as the keynote speaker covering “The Brave New World of Publishing” and share insight into character development in a session titled “The Birth of Gaelen and Nelwyn: Character Development in Fantasy Writing.” Marks is best known for her trilogy of high fantasy novels (Elfhunter, Fire-heart and Ravenshade).

There will also be more speakers, and sessions on poetry, fiction writing, playwriting, and more. Also, college professors will be in attendance to give critiques for people who bring work.


Signing up online through the French Lick Hotel site seemed like kind of a maze, so I will just let you let you know how this works. Call the hotel at (888)936-9360. There is a package for this. For one person: two nights hotel and the workshop would be $339. For a room with two people: two nights hotel and two workshop admissions would be $398.

To find out more about how the one-on-ones work or any other program questions, contact event coordinator Carol Dines at Her number at the hotel is (812)936-9300. She is happy to talk with writers about the event.


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