Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring 2016 Writers Retreat – Risk Away

Date(s) - 05/20/2016 - 05/22/2016
1:00 pm

El Western Resort
4787 US 287 - Ennis, MT 59729

Risk Away

SCBWI Writers Retreat

May 20 – 22, 2016

El Western Resort, Ennis Montana


Join us for a wonderful weekend of learning, writing, and sharing. Viking Editor Kendra Levin will be instucting us in Life Coaching and Character Building. Numbers are capped at 35 to keep the retreat personal and productive. 

Risk Away and become your best selves as writers! 

Member Price of $220

Includes all workshops, most meals, collaboration, and fun!

Each participant will submit the first ten pages of their work in progress for small group discussions and synergizing. Each participant will have a reading and assigned general analysis responsibility for 5 group members' pages ahead of time. 

Registrants are responsible for their own lodging, and one dinner Saturday night. 

Six weeks after the Retreat, once we've had time to apply all we've learned, Kendra Levin will provide a limited number of written critiques of your first 10 pages. Sign up now – these spots will fill quickly!  $35

Once you've registered, you'll receive emails with detailed instructions and information on lodging options, small group writing analysis, our Creative Life Share Party, and more!

See you in Ennis!


Schedule for the Weekend:

Friday, May 20th

·         1:00 Welcome

·         1:15 Opening Life Coaching by Kendra Levin – A guided visualization to help identify strengths, challenges, and goals.

·         2:15 Risk Away Activity

o   Moving to the Edge of Competence

·         3:00 First Writers Group Session

o  ‘10 Page Strengths’ Round Table Discussions

o   Kendra meets with 2 groups

·         4:30 Appetizers and Drinks

·         6:00 Dinner – Catered at the Conference Center

·         7:30  Creative Life Share Party

o   Every writer is a creative person with multiple outlets for their creativity. Bring something from your other creative lives to share. Connect with your fellow Montana writers in a new way.

Saturday, May 21st

·         7:30 Breakfast – Catered at the Conference Center

·         9:00 Workshop – Kendra Levin: Discovering Characters Outside Your Comfort Zone

·         10:00 Second Writers Group Session

o  ‘Who is Your Character?’ Round Table Discussions

o   Kendra meets with 2 groups

·         11:00 Time to Write

·         12:00 Lunch – Catered at Conference Center

·         1:00 Workshop – Janet Fox: Write What You Think You Can’t

·         2:00 Time to Write

·         3:00 Workshop – Kendra Levin: Meet Your Character—How Motivation Drives Story

·         4:00 Third Writers Group Session

o   ‘The Big Why’ Round Table Discussions

o   Kendra meets with 2 groups

·         5:00 Time to Write

·         6:00 Dinner on your own – in your cabin or in town – with your old and new friends

·         8:00 Open Mic Reading at Conference Center


Sunday, May 22nd

·         7:30 Breakfast – Catered at Conference Center

·         9:00 Closing Life Coaching by Kendra Levin – applying what we’ve learned and setting larger goals around the writing process to take home

·         10:00 Fourth Writers Group Session

o   ‘Where to Go From Here’ Round Table Discussions

·         11:00 Q&A with Kendra and Janet – Author/Editor Relationship

o   Learn about the editorial process

·         12:00 Wrap up Instructions