What if you just needed 72 hours to take your project to the next level? Authors and speakers: meet with other professionals, get expert advice, and mingle with agents in this gorgeous location.
Come on a journey through the world of professional writing and publishing, and mobilize your career so you can produce more, earn more, and work from anywhere in the world. Whether you're a beginning writer, an emerging superstar, or you just want to know how to ditch your current life for a bigger, badder adventure, come on out and meet other people who feel the same. It's time to Mobilize Your Life!
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Ski in the morning, write all afternoon - join us for a true writers' retreat in the mountains of Quebec.
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And then I decided to make it my life's work to help others launch their own dreams.
Spend dedicated hours writing your manuscript or your keynote.
Visit new places, meet new people, and grow.
Stevie Mikayne is an award-winning author, coach and speaker - as well as a professor of creative writing and a developmental editor. She has been (twice) short-listed for the Lambda Literary award (UnCatholic Conduct; Illicit Artifacts), the Golden Crown Literary Award (Invalid Evidence), the National Indie Excellence Award (Jellicle Girl), and is the recipient of both the Pinnacle Achievement Award (Weight of Earth) and the Mom's Choice Gold Award for her series Emlyn and the Gremlin (writing as Steff F. Kneff.)
Stevie is a PhD candidate at Lancaster University and the lead Word Coach at TheWordCoach.Academy. She has studied under Wendy Goldman Rohm of The Rohm Literary Agency and recently participated in the Paris Writers' Retreat with Phoebe Larmore, literary agent to Margaret Atwood. In July, she will be heading to Ireland as the teaching assistant for the world-famous Dublin Writers' Retreat.
Stevie brings over a decade of experience in the writing and publishing industry. As an author, editor, and professor, she offers keen insight to writers, both new and seasoned, about the craft of writing and the practicalities of publishing.
Agents, Authors and Speakers
Meg joined Westwood Creative Artists in 2015. She is an Associate Agent and is actively building her own client list (a boon for our emerging Launch writers!) Her inbox is open to submissions of all kinds, but she has a particular soft spot for literary fiction, women’s commercial fiction, and the gamut of non-fiction.
Meg joined us in Ottawa in August, 2019,
Jaime Konzelman is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Harvard trained leadership trainer.
Her signature talk is Everything I Learned About Customers Started Over a Lapdance.
Jaime joined us in Ottawa for the inaugural Launch Retreat!
A fantastic group of writers joined us in Ottawa, Ontario for three great days of writing, exploring, and preparing for our open-mic night.
We will miss you!
"Totally enjoyed the Open Mic Night on Friday night! Lovely people, terrific readings, so well organized and the venue and refreshments were great, too! Very inspiring all around and a wonderful opportunity to practice reading in front of an audience. Thanks to the organizer!"
"What an experience. You really put on a great event. Thank you."
10:00: Meet and Greet (Continental breakfast provided)
11:00: The new world we live in
11:30: Finding unique opportunities
12:00: An action plan for success
1:00 Networking Lunch
2:00: A crash course on publishing
3:00: Launching your next steps
Tuition includes continental breakfast each day.
We know that everybody's budget is different, and we do all we can to make our retreats as financially accessible as possible. Ask about scholarships, our affiliate programme, or the Friends discount - we want you to succeed!
Please email us with any questions.