Can you imagine your own time to dedicate to writing??!! Doesn't this sound fantastic?! What are you waiting for?
Photos from Wade's previous classes and workshops!
You say you have always wanted to go to one of my writing retreats, but don't have the time to dedicate 3 full days? Well, I heard your request, and there is no time like the present to take advantage of this opportunity! You say you are too busy to start your writing! Well, now you need to start carving out a little 'you time'. In this workshop, I will give you tips about how to give yourself permission to find your writer's voice, secrets of the publishing world and best of all, time to write! So what are you waiting for? Take that leap and move forward with your passion! Please read the detailed itinerary and reserve your space!
June 15th 10:00am - 6:00pm
Facing Your Fear & Finding Your Voice
Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer's worst and final editor. Wade will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will share examples of his early work, and how his overcoming of fear – in his life and in his writing – was the final piece of the puzzle that hanged his work and his voice forever, and led him to become a bestselling author.
Wade will also teach how to unleash your true writer's voice. Whether writing your first novel, mystery, or memoir, "voice" is the key to success, and the one thing every agent, editor and publisher is seeking. Before you write a word, you must first know NOT what you want to say but HOW you want to say it. Voice – not topic – is what sets every writer apart and serves as his or her greatest chance of success.
Wade will lead participants through an intensive, emotional and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: How you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. Come prepared to write, to share to laugh and to cry.
Agents, Editors & Publishers, Oh, My! The Wizard's secrets to finding your yellow brick road to the literary world!
You have a manuscript, but it doesn't have a home. Or, at least, you are working on a manuscript, and you dream of being published. Publishing sources report that 99.9 percent of all queries to literary agents are rejected. And you thought writing was the hard part? So what makes the perfect elevator pitch? The perfect query letter? How do you beat the odds, and become part of that elite group?
Wade will teach participants how to craft the perfect query by sharing his original query, which landed seven formal offers, as well as those of some of his bestselling author-friends. Learn how to approach agents, and secure a reputable literary agent who can sell your work to a major publisher.
Wade will also walk participants through life after your book is published: What to expect when working with a major editor and publisher, how to market yourself, blog and deliver your own publicity. Specifically, Wade will teach what it's like to work with an editor, publishing today (the realities, challenges, and wonders), and how to be your own publicist, a necessity in the world today.
Wade will conduct a joint teaching and open Q&A session, with a prime focus on your work(s) in progress. In essence, now that you've found your voice, you need to find your way to the end. In addition to loads of courage, talent and time, you need structure. What makes a compelling plot? How do you create tension and compelling characters? How do you tackle a memoir? How do successful writers channel that narrative flow?
Wade will share his tips and creative exercises for perfecting your work and completing it, focusing on:
After Wade discusses each point, he will stop and ask you where you are stuck, or in need of help, in your particular work. He will also share – and ask you to share – pieces of his and your work, as examples to the class of compelling characterization, or damn good dialogue. A great class experience, that combines teaching, and group thinking.
Originally dubbed The Colonial House by reputed mobster owner Al Wertheimer, the Spanish Colonial style hotel began receiving guests in 1936 featuring plenty of sunshine and a good night's rest.
The Colony Palms Hotel is a stunning four-star boutique and the hotel was designed by Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and is listed in the Conde Nast Travelers Hot List of top hotels.
Oh, what should you pack? Well, hopefully this tidbit of information helps you decide. Marchs weather in Palm Sprinsg is Perfect. Palms Springs has over 320 days of sun shine a year. It will be in the 70-80's in the day and low 50's-60's at night. The air is dry and in the evenings it can feel cool, so bring a jacket and for sure bring a swim suit for a dip in the beutiful pool. I recomend that you add on to your stay and explore Palm Springs and even take a hike.
You might want to make some extra time before or after the retreat to experience some of our Palm Springs favorites: