All of the phases of the retreat support the loving communion between yourself, your spirit, and your book – with all the other writers in the room (those in-person and those attending virtually).
After your registration is complete, you will receive an email within a day acknowledging that your place at the retreat has been reserved.
APPROXIMATELY 6 WEEKS BEFORE RETREAT:
You’ll receive an itinerary and instruction packet via email. There will also be an invitation to set up appointment to review your documents and what you should do to prepare.
PRE-RETREAT PREPARATION and EDUCATION
It is our pre-retreat responsibility to help remove the effects of any inappropriate education or training that you may have experienced that has kept you from achieving the results you deserve with your writing/publishing endeavors.
If you properly prepare for the retreat, you come ready to release your book. Registered for a retreat close-in and do not have time to do all the prep work? Do your best.
The prep-work can take anywhere from 6 to 20 hours and includes:
- Downloading audio files to listen to when you write (you receive these as part of your registration)
- Reading and completing writing exercises from several of Tom’s books (you receive these as part of your registration)
- Watching video
- Attend complimentary webinars with Tom and other participants to have any remaining questions answered or concerns addressed.
- Gathering supplies (any office supply store will have the items suggested for the writing and editing process.
Information on the weekly pre-retreat assignments are available after you complete your registration.
DURING THE WEEKEND RETREAT
Thursday – 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – 7:00am to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday evening: Pre-retreat clearing session before the retreat “officially” begins. The purpose of this session is to get you “in the flow” with your book. With the prep-work education and understanding in place, you are primed and ready to write.
Friday morning: After a short introduction, the retreat begins, and within thirty minutes you are writing your book.
What is the average length of an American book these days? 35,000 words. So you can immediately see where the ability to write your book over the course of a long weekend comes into play.
Saturday and Sunday: Writing/revising continues through the second and third day and concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m.
You can write your book in long-hand or on your laptop computer (you are not required to use a laptop). If you are a speedy typist, you can save the step of having to type your entire manuscript at a later time.
Taking care of yourself when writing for 8 hours a day:
- There are designated breaks for breakfast and lunch
- Dress comfortably
- Have plenty of healthy snacks and water on hand
- We strongly encourage the avoidance of caffeine before and during the writing sessions
CREATING THE IDEAL WRITING SPACE:
Set up a quiet, undisturbed space free from outside distractions with phone muted and daily tasks handled or assigned to someone else. Computer set up and plugged in with ability to save to hard drive, flash drive, or Cloud. Wear comfortable clothing and have a comfortable place to write. Have plenty of fresh drinking water and healthy snacks.
We utilize Zoom (https://zoom.us/), which is a free web conferencing service for you.
Camera on computer?
We can see you and you can see us
What to do if there are technical issues?
Contact your virtual retreat manager via phone, text, email or chat. In the rare event your technical issue can’t be addressed you will need to contact support at Zoom.us
No book is fully completed until it has been revised. Utilizing the momentum and escalated confidence you have gained as a result of having completed your book at the retreat, you will immediately move into the Revision Phase. Some conclude the revision of their book during the weekend; while some others complete their revisions at home.
PAYMENT AND TRANSFER OPTIONS:
Payment plans are available with a $350, non-refundable down payment and the remaining balance received within two weeks of the beginning of the retreat.
All monies paid for a retreat are non-refundable.
You can transfer once within a twelve-month period to a later retreat. Retreat transfers need to completed three weeks prior to the start of the retreat for which you originally registered.
In the unlikely event of the cancellation of a retreat due to Tom’s illness, injury, a makeup retreat will be scheduled in the same area for a date no more than 12 months after the original date of the retreat is cancelled.
At the time of any cancellation due to injury, registered participants can either transfer, at no extra charge, their registration to the makeup retreat or to any other already scheduled retreat in that 12-month period.
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