The Work

You’ll do the work, and I’ll guide you as best as I can. I’m a proficient editor of nonfiction — creative nonfiction, memoir, self-help and metaphysical, writing craft — and fiction (what I write for pleasure when I’m not paid as a freelancer). While you can come and write poetry and I’ll happily read it, I would not call myself a poet (though my poetry has been published in literary journals) because I have not deeply studied the craft as I have in fiction/nonfiction. Thus I cannot offer you the same confident evaluation of your work that I can offer fiction and nonfiction writers, so please keep that in mind. You are still welcome to come and avail yourself of the quiet location and the lack of any other responsibilities beyond writing.

Right after you book your retreat, I’d like to either discuss by phone or email what it is you’re working on and your writing history/experience. Depending on what you say and share, I may suggest a list of resources and books to read in advance of your stay so that you make the most of your time at the retreat.

As there is no wifi at the Lighthouse Cottage, we’ll work out a way for me to read your manuscript in progress and provide feedback.

In booking this retreat, you indicate you are serious about hitting your writing goals, both daily and at the end of your week. You agree in advance to produce no less than 6,000 words a day, and if possible, 10,000 words. While this may seem like high word counts, they are achievable; we can discuss in advance programs you can use to track your word count and encourage you to write without pausing or hesitation. The goal is to emerge with a first draft or later draft of between 50,000 and 70,000 works, the desired length in the publishing industry.

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