About the Retreat

[NOTE: ANNOUNCING A JANUARY 2017 RETREAT!] Email PaulTCuclis@gmail.com for more information.]

Date: January 11 – 16, 2017

This is an intimate writing retreat for serious writersideviews with very limited space. It is for both writers of fiction and nonfiction. There will be a maximum of 8 rooms available for those who want to stay onsite. Currently, the maximum attendance is planned at no more than 16 writers total because of logistical concerns and giving all attendees healthy personal attention. The TWR is designed to fill a void in the retreat world.


While many events take an academic focus, few events are able to seriously do all three of the following: 1) address the craft of writing and storytelling, 2) address the business of writing and getting published, and 3) allow writers plenty of time to recharge their batteries, read, and write creatively. (As of now, spouses are welcome, but there will be additional charges for their attendance to cover elements such as food, cleaning and excursions.) This is a special retreat designed to not only maximize writing instruction and give writers the precise tools they need to get published, but also maximize personal time—whether than means writing, relaxing by the pool, sipping a margarita, taking some time to meditate, or hopefully all four and much more.

Because of limited space, this is a first-come-first-serve retreat, with attendees paying an upfront deposit and then the full balance prior to the start of the event.

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.22.02 PMWHAT WILL ATTENDEES RECEIVE?

Attendees will receive the following:

  1. Access to all instructional sessions and presentations. There will be 2–4 classes each day on the craft and business of writing. See all classes on the Event Schedule page.
  2. A reading, Q&A, and one hour writing workshop by John Grogan, American journalist and writer of the national best seller, “Marley & Me.” John Grogan will be attending as this year’s resident writer, participating in the classes and writing retreat activities. Additionally, he will teach one class and read a passage of his choosing, followed by a Q&A.
  3. A 25–page manuscript critique from literary agent Elizabeth Kracht, from Kimberly Cameron & Associates. Nonfiction writers can submit a book proposal with a short sample chapter in lieu of manuscript pages and a synopsis if they wish.
  4. A 30–minute personal consultation Elizabeth. This is to review Elizabeth’s thoughts on the manuscript, and for the attendee to ask her questions about written material.
  5. Access to all the ranch’s amenities. This includes a pool, Jacuzzi, projection amphitheater, pool table, ping-pong table, badminton court, tennis court, lawn games, over 300 acres to explore on walks, canoeing and fishing.
  6. Involvement in any excursions. Some excursions will be free and others will be pay-to-play. The excursions are not set, but will run the gauntlet from yoga sessions to nature walks to possible fishing trips.
  7. Food—3 meals a day. There will also be snacks and beverages. Alcohol will also be available, and attendees are invited to imbibe (for as long as supplies last!). Some meals will be professionally catered, some will be trips out to a local restaurant, and most will be deli- and buffet-style onsite. Attendees with unusual dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own snacks/drinks/etc. to supplement available food they can consume.
  8. home page writing bookLodging in personal rooms. Up to 7 attendees can stay onsite at the ranch in their own private, air-conditioned room. Other attendees (commuters) will leave and return to the ranch each day. Spouses are welcome to attend, but extra costs will apply.
  9. Lodgings for 2 in communal rooms. For a discounted price, retreat goers can make use of our single two room cabin.
  10. Free signed books! Each retreat-goer gets a free signed book written by our two writer instructors, Joe Clifford and John Grogan.
  11. Optional add-ons: For a premium add-on charge, attending agent Elizabeth Kracht will review an additional 25-100 double-spaced manuscript pages* from your novel (or nonfiction book proposal) and schedule a meeting to discuss her edits and notes regarding the work. Prices: $50 for 25 pages, $100 for 50 pages, or $200 for 100 pages. (These are special discounted prices for retreat attendees only, so take advantage of them by coming to the retreat and meeting Elizabeth.)

Concerning Internet and Wi-fi: The ranch has no Internet wi-fi, and this is the way organizers want it. This allows the TWR to focus on learning, writing, reading, activities, excursions, networking, and relaxation. (Bring a laptop, e-reader, and/or books to read.) That said, naturally, all attendees should have adequate cell phone coverage and receive Internet on cell phones. While individual rooms do not have TVs, there is a main guest area with TV & cable.

* All manuscript pages for retreat edits should be standard Times New Roman font, 12-pt font size, double-spaced with 1″ margins.


  1. I’m a young, budding reader and writer and would like to know more abut this opportunity. Thanks!

  2. I’m interested and would want to be on site. If you could email me the details about cost etc. I would appreciate it.

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