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How to Thrive
as a writer

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

How to Thrive as a writer
Our publishing conference

For pricing, click on accommodations link below

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 --- Registration closes July 31

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 $2495, 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.

All scholarships will apply to the

Platform Tent accommodations only.

This conference is chockful of content. Check out the schedule by clicking below.

How to apply to the conference

We will begin accepting applications to the conference on June 1, 2023, close it on July 31.

To apply, please submit a one-page letter describing your project and why you'd like to attend the conference. Please include a writing sample of no more than 250 words.

Please also indicate your first and second accommodation choice, and whether you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship.

This will be a rolling admission process. We will accept writers as their requests come in.

Accommodations will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis.
Please Note that there is a $10 application fee

No applications will be accepted after July 31
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