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Retreat to the Springs! Writers' Retreat

Aug 02, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019

Retreat to the Springs! Writers' Retreat

Time Fri Aug 02 2019 at 05:00 pm to Sun Aug 04 2019 at 01:00 pm

John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA, Yellow Springs, United States

USD 195 Tickets

Retreat to the Springs! Writers' Retreat

Retreat to the Springs!

Second annual writers’ retreat to meet in Yellow Springs, Aug. 2–­4, 2019

Interested in a writing retreat? Peaceful, idyllic Yellow Springs is the perfect place to get away and refresh your writing. Whether you’re a newbie, a pro, or anywhere in between, Retreat to the Springs! gives you a break from the hectic world to focus on your words.

Join us for a fiction-focused retreat in a fantastic village setting, where you’ll receive instruction from these expert writers: Tim Waggoner, Maddie James, and Jeffrey Marks. Learn some strategies and tactics of being a successful, published author. The retreat fee of $195 covers instruction on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for an optional one-on-one manuscript critique. (One-on-one manuscript critiques cost an additional $25 per critique.)



Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction. He’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. His fiction has also received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Learn more at

Maddie James says she writes to silence the people in her head. Unfortunately, all of those people all have stories and want them told at once! From sexy contemporary cowboys to steamy romantic suspense, Maddie strives to get their stories right. (As Sophie Jacobs, she writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction.) RT Book Reviews says that James “deftly combines romance and suspense,” and Affaire de Couer claims, “James has a special talent for traditional romance.” Published in print, ebook, audiobook, and in at least seven languages, Maddie has been listed as a Top 100 Romance Author on Amazon and as an iBooks Rising Star in Western Romance. Maddie is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and its Published Author Network (PAN), and Novelists, Inc (NINC). Learn more about Maddie at

Jeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer. After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice. That biography (Who Was That Lady?) encouraged him to write mystery fiction. He began a series of novels set after the Civil War in the area where he grew up. He also began a contemporary mystery series. The first novel in that series won The Malice Domestic Grant. He has continued to write about the authors he read while growing up. His works include Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s, and a biography of mystery author and critic Anthony Boucher entitled Anthony Boucher. It was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony. Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his spouse and three dogs. Learn more about Jeffrey at

What: Retreat to the Springs!

Where: Yellow Springs, Ohio

John Bryan Community Center

When: August 2­­–4, 2019

Deadline: July 25, 2019

Capacity: 25 participants only

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Fri Aug 02 2019 at 05:00 pm to Sun Aug 04 2019 at 01:00 pm


John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA, Yellow Springs, United States