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Our Fall

september 7 - 11, 2023
Bell Valley Retreat Center
Boonville, CA

How to Thrive as a writer
Our business conference

During our 4-day fall conference, you'll learn everything there is to know about the publishing process--from finding an agent, to signing a deal with a publisher, to making sure your book has the best publicity team behind it, to submitting your book for reviews and awards.


And you'll learn it from industry experts!

Your 4 days at the beautiful Bell Valley Retreat Center will be chockful of panels, Q&A sessions, pitching and podcasting workshops, and plenty of opportunity to ask our incredible faculty all your questions.

If you want to get your book out into the world...and you want it to have the absolute best chance for success, this is the conference for you!

Limited to 26 writers

Our faculty

Cindy Spiegel

Co-CEO of Spiegel and Grau, an independent multi-platform publisher. Speigel and Grau have published numerous NYT Bestsellers. 

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Reiko Davis

Literary agent at DeFiore & Company in New York City since 2016. Prior to DeFiore, Reiko was at the Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency.

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Kimberly Burns

Before launching Broadside PR in 2015, and Kimberly Burns Literary publicity in 2003, Kimberly worked in-house at Knopf, Random House, Pantheon, and the Penguin Press .

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Jane Ciabattari

Former president and current vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Author of the critically acclaimed short story collection "Stealing the Fire", 

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Prices for the 4-day conference range from $1295 to $2295, depending on accommodation chosen.

This fee includes accommodations, all 4 days of the conference, all talks, panels, and workshops, plus meals, provided by our amazing vegetarian chef.

For more information on accommodations, click the button below.

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We offer partial scholarships to the conference. Scholarships provide a $500 discount on the conference fee.

Please note that we will preference BIPOC, differently-abled, and other underserved writers when awarding these scholarships.

Please indicate when you write to us whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

How to reserve your spot

We will start accepting reservations for the fall conference beginning May 1, 2023.

To request a spot, please write to use indicating which accommodation option you'd prefer.

If you choose something other than the double-occupancy platform tent, please give us a second choice accommodation. 

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