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Cape Cod Writing Retreat:
In-Person, January 26-28, 2024

Community ⇔ Commitment

The Think Write Winter Writing Retreat is a cozy respite in the height
of the New England winter. The weekend offers a private space to
commit to your writing within a supportive community. Hosted by
author, editor, and creative writing instructor Lori Goldstein, this Cape Cod-based retreat takes place in a charming seaside inn with views of quaint Woods Hole. Designed for creatives of all kinds, all you need to bring is a commitment to write and connect with fellow writers. We aim to foster your creativity and your community by helping you “find your writing people.”

 

Please join us for an inspiring weekend writing retreat

at the charming Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Connect with and write side by side an intimate group of committed writers and faculty. Participate in craft and industry chats, set and meet your weekend writing goals, and enjoy delicious, warm meals in a casual, communal setting. Attend evening gatherings where you can share your own writing for encouragement and support or simply listen to the work of your peers.

 

Give yourself the gift of writing for one special weekend. Let us pamper you by doing all the cooking and cleaning, freeing you to concentrate on what you love: writing! With all activities, charming coffee shops, and ocean views within easy walking distance, you can leave behind your driving gloves!

 

Fiction? Non-fiction? Memoir? Screenplay?
All creatives are welcome. To ensure a committed group, an application with writing sample is required. Writers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are encouraged to apply. Space is limited.

What’s Included?

 

  • Two (2) nights lodging at the Woods Hole Inn

  • Daily writing time in cozy spaces with other committed writers like you

  • A one-on-one meeting with Lori Goldstein to talk specifically about your project, your writing goals, or craft issues you plan on tackling

  • A one-on-one meeting during or after the retreat with marketing and publicity expert Emily Miles Terry to discuss how to position yourself as an author both pre- and post-publication

  • Tips and tricks from the screenwriting arsenal of Hollywood insider
    P.K. Simonds, executive producer of Party of Five, Ghost Whisperer, and more.

  • Wine, beer, cider, and delicious meals at the Woods Hole Inn with attending writers and faculty

  • Craft discussions and opportunities to share pages with writers and faculty

Who Will Be There?

 

  • Writers from all backgrounds, at all levels

  • Writers in every category from nonfiction to memoir to adult fiction to kidlit

  • Writers looking to meet, connect, and exchange ideas with a community of committed creatives

  • Writers who are drafting or revising a project

  • Writers needing a retreat away from their other professional and personal obligations to focus, recharge, or meet a deadline

  • Writers seeking professional advice and guidance on craft and industry issues

 

Who Are the Faculty?

 

Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein is the author of Love, Theodosia, an adult historical fiction novel (Arcade/S&S, 2021), and four novels for young adults (Sources Say, Penguin Random House, 2020; Screen Queens, Penguin Random House, 2019; and the Becoming Jinn series (Macmillan, 2015, 2016). A former journalist, she is a long-time creative writing instructor at Grub Street in Boston, an editor with Reedsy, and the founder of "Think Write" a craft and community-minded writing initiative. She lives in the Boston area.

Emily Miles Terry

Emily Miles Terry is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for adults and children. Emily started her career in book publishing as a publicist for Bantam Doubleday Dell and has promoted many bestselling authors including Andrew Solomon, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ruta Sepetys, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Marie Lu, and Anne Lamott. Emily launched the international bestseller Random Acts of Kindness and is co-founder of Open Book Publicity, a boutique literary publicity firm representing bestselling books in a wide range of genres. A graduate of Columbia University, Emily is a member of SCBWI, Grub Street, and PEN New England. A native Californian, Emily currently lives in the Boston area.

P.K. Simonds

P.K. Simonds is best known for his work in television, where he wrote, produced and served as showrunner on multiple series. Credits include CBS's “Beauty and the Beast” starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman; ABC's “Doogie Howser, M.D.” starring Neil Patrick Harris; FOX's “Party of Five” starring Matthew Fox and Neve Campbell; CBS’s “Ghost Whisperer” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt; the CW's “Reign” starring Adelaide Kane; and many others. P.K.’s writing has won recognition ranging from Humanitas to Prism awards, while his series have won Emmy, Golden Globe and Saturn awards.

What’s the Itinerary?

 

Day 1

  • 2 pm: Arrival begins; check in from 2-4 pm.

  • 2-4 pm: Meet your faculty, settle into the Woods Hole
    Inn, and join your fellow writers in the bright and
    sunny dining room to write with coffee, tea, and snacks.

  • 4-5 pm: Official kickoff! We’ll take a short stroll through scenic Woods Hole to a beautiful home along the water where we’ll formally usher in the weekend. We’ll introduce ourselves and our projects, talk about goal setting, and help you make the most of your writing time. 

  • 5-6:15 pm: Happy Hour! Let’s get to know each other with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • 6:30-7:45 pm: Return to the Wood’s Hole Inn for dinner in the main dining room.

  • 8-9 pm: Salon readings with optional sharing of pages.

  • Quiet hours in the inn: 9:30 pm-7:30 am.

Day 2

  • 8 am: Breakfast in the main dining room.

  • 9-12: Faculty-guided writing sprints in the main dining room and casual self-guided writing in the three inn sitting rooms.

    • Optional craft lesson from 11:15-12 pm

  • 12-1 pm: Lunch! This is your time to break off from the group or sit down with a writer or two and grab lunch from one of the cute cafes surrounding the inn.

  • 1-3 pm: Faculty guided writing sprints in the main dining room and casual self-guided writing in the inn’s three sitting rooms.

  • 3-4 pm: Free time, relax, refresh, tour Woods Hole on your own or swap pages with writers in your genre. 

  • 4-5: Industry Chat! We’ll stroll along the water to a beautiful home for a craft and industry Q&A with your faculty members; bring questions!

  • 5-6:15 pm: Happy Hour! Let’s get to know each other with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • 6:30-7:45 pm: Return to the Wood’s Hole Inn for dinner in the main dining room.

  • 8-9 pm: Salon readings with optional sharing of pages.

  • Quiet hours in the inn: 9:30 pm-7:30 am.

Day 3

  • 8 am: Breakfast in the main dining room.

  • 9-12 pm: Faculty-guided writing sprints in the main dining room and casual self-guided writing in the three inn sitting rooms.

    • Optional craft lesson from 11-12 pm

  • 12:30-1: Meet in the inn’s main dining room for our farewell and next steps.

  • 1 pm: Check-out.

 

* Twenty-minute one-on-one consultations with Lori will be scheduled in advance of the retreat and occur throughout the weekend.

* Twenty-minute one-on-one consultations with Emily can be scheduled during the event or post-event via Zoom.

 

Where Is It?

Woods Hole Inn, Woods Hole, Cape Cod

The Woods Hole Inn is located in a small village surrounded by water. The inn has a unique location overlooking Woods Hole harbor and the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal. This Cape Cod bed and breakfast was named one of the top ten in the United States by BedandBreakfast.com.  

 

Woods Hole is 80 miles south of Boston’s Logan International Airport. Providence’s TF Green Airport is 70 miles to the West. Buses run regularly from both airports to Woods Hole. Buses also run from Boston’s South Station as well as other departure locations. The bus terminal in Woods Hole is less than a two-minute walk from the inn. Free parking at the inn.

 

Important Details

 

Application: Writers wishing to sign up will be required to fill out an application and include a short writing sample. This is simply to ensure a focused, committed group. Email directly to sign up and receive the application.

 

Cost:

Pricing includes lodging for two nights (January 26-28), breakfast and dinner, all-day snacks and beverages, evening beer and wine, all programming, and (2) one-on-one, twenty-minute consultations with faculty. Also includes complimentary membership (a $150 value) to the Think Write community with monthly book clubs, sprinting, and coffee breaks via Zoom, plus discounts on classes and future retreats.

Cost varies depending on room type. There are three options: 

  • Private room and private bathroom: Early Bird: $1365; Regular: $1595

  • Premium private room and private bathroom (a larger room with in-room desk): Early Bird $1575; Regular: $1775

  • Shared room with shared bath. Note: availability for a shared room is extremely limited; one room can accommodate two guests, and one can accommodate three guests. We will not be pairing up writers. Only writers who know one another and pair up beforehand will have the option to share rooms. Prices are still per person, but will be discounted for those opting to share. Contact us directly for more information and pricing.

Early Bird Discount applies through November 15.

Regular Signup Deadline: December 15.

There is a $500 deposit required upon signup.

Deposits are nonrefundable post December 15.

Tuition must be paid in full by December 15, 2023.

 

Refund Policy:

No refunds after December 15, 2023.
Refunds on deposits will be returned minus a 10% administrative fee.

Last-minute serious illness policy: We aim to be sensitive to health issues and aim to keep our community safe. If you become seriously ill in the days prior to the retreat, please contact us. We also ask all attendees to take caution to limit their exposure to illness in the week prior to the event. To help ensure a safe and healthy environment for all, we would encourage testing for COVID on the morning of the event.

To sign up, email directly.

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