Writer’s Digest Retreats | Scituate Harbor, MA

Time to write. Space to grow. Mentors to help.

Are you struggling to balance the demands of writing with the realities of work, family and life? Maybe what you need is a vacation—a trip away from the rest of the world that will enable you to focus on your writing and your goals of publication.

The Writer’s Digest Retreat: Scituate Harbor takes place in this lovely New England seaside village, home to numerous beaches, restaurants and shops—and it’s all without the congestion and noise of larger tourist destinations. Enjoy a relaxing environment in which to write for long periods of time without interruption or distraction. You’ll also participate in numerous lectures and critique groups and enjoy the camaraderie of your writing peers.

Here, your work will be read, discussed, revised and reexamined with the goal of ensuring that it’s as finely tuned a piece of fiction as possible. Whether your goal is to secure the attention of an agent or editor, or simply entice a reader looking for a great book, the retreat will ensure your initial pages and plot are as compelling and lovingly crafted as possible. You’ll also learn how to pitch your work and have an opportunity to practice with the group!

When: May 10 – 13, 2018
Where: 7 Beaver Dam Road, Scituate Harbor, MA 02066


Inn at Scituate Harbor

The Inn at Scituate Harbor

Your home during the Retreat will be The Inn at Scituate Harbor. Experience the quintessential New England seaside experience at this comfortable and quaint hotel, nestled in Scituate Harbor, midway between Boston and Plymouth. Take a seaside stroll along Scituate’s five beaches or take a walk into the village. It’s an idyllic setting for you to relax and reflect on your work.


Meet Paula MunierPaula Munier

Paula Munier, Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services, boasts broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Disney, Fidelity, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, F&W Media, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Her specialties include crime fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, crossover YA, high-concept SFF, and nonfiction.

Paula is very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. Paula has also served on the New England Crime Bake committee for ten years and counting. And she’s an active member of Sisters in Crime, ITW, AWP, and SCBWI.
A popular speaker and writing teacher, Paula has authored/co-authored more than a dozen books, including the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and the acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie: A True Story about a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle. Her first mystery, A Borrowing of Bones, will debut in September 2018 from Minotaur, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.


Meet Hank Phillippi RyanHank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, is the winner of  34 EMMYs, 14 Murrows, and dozens more honors for her ground-breaking journalism. Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession as a bestselling author of nine mystery novels—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a superb and gifted storyteller” and “a master of suspense.” She is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction Her books have been named to Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Say No More is an Agatha, Daphne and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Hank is a founder of MWA University and 2013 president of National Sisters in Crime. Watch for her latest, Trust Me, coming in 2018.

Meet Tyler MossTyler Moss

Tyler Moss is editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest magazine, where he has interviewed bestselling authors such as Scott Turow, Rainbow Rowell and Andy Weir. He is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, and his additional bylines include Outside, The Atlantic, New York, Paste, Vice, DRAFT, Playboy, Salon, Atlas Obscura and Mental Floss.


Friday, May 11
9:00 AM: Intro/Getting to Know You, Hank and Paula
9:30 AM: What a Great Idea for a Book!  Hank and Paula
10:30 AM: Brainstorming Exercise
11:00 PM: Secrets of a Great Plot, Paula
12:00 PM: Lunch Provided
1:00 PM: Plot One-Pager Roundtable, Hank and Paula
2:00 PM: Secrets of a Great First Page, Hank
3:00 PM: First Page Roundtable, Hank and Paula
4:00 PM: Consult Time with Hank/Paula OR Free Time for Writing
5:00 PM: Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, May 12
9:00 AM: Secrets of a Great Elevator Pitch, Hank and Paula
10:00 AM: Know Your Comps Exercise, Hank and Paula
10:30 AM Creating Characters Readers Love—and Love to Hate, Hank and Paula
11:30 AM: Complex Character Exercise
12:00 PM: Lunch Provided
1:00 PM:  From Elevator Pitch to Query Letter, Paula
2:00 PM: Query Letter Roundtable, Hank and Paula
3:00 PM: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me, Hank
4:00 PM to 5 PM: Consult Time with Hank/Paula OR Free Time for Writing
5:00 PM: Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, May 13
9:00 AM: Revise Yourself!
Part One: Secrets of Editing, Hank
Part Two: Tapestry Exercise, Paula
10:15 AM: Insider’s Look at the World of Publishing, Hank and Paula
11:00 AM: Ask Us Anything! Hank and Paula


Space is limited to 20 writers. Your retreat registration of $1,999.00 includes:

  • All lectures and special events developed for the retreat
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Lodging for three nights at The Inn at Scituate Harbor (Thursday – Sunday)

Your travel expenses to and from the event site are not included. Dinners are on your own (or with your fellow writers) in the village of Scituate.

Please contact us with any questions at: writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com or 1-877-436-7764, option 2.