About the Tours

Each of these exciting retreats will be hosted by two successful authors and editors with expertise in various areas and genres, making each week completely unique.

Before the retreat begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the authors/editors to review. They will edit your pages ahead of time and, during the retreat, discuss those edits with you and advise on revisions during one-on-one sessions. In addition, each author/editor will offer group classes, lead activities and discussions, and teach the necessary skills to bring your writing to the next level. These retreats feature a lot of individual attention, and for that reason, they are flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels—from the novice to the advanced, published author.

If you want one-on-one time with dynamite authors and editors while experiencing the beguiling spendor of Ireland, read further to discover which of these dynamite professionals you'd like to spend a week with.


Building Worlds, Characters, & Stories that Sell

  10-17 July 2016

with Multi-Published Young Adult Author & Editor Lisa Maxwell

 and Multi-Published Author, Jaye Robin Brown

Lisa Maxwell has a PhD in English and has worked as a bookseller, editor, and professor. Called a “talented wordsmith” by Publisher’s weekly, her novels SWEET UNREST and GATHERING DEEP have been praised by critics as “spell-binding” and “immersive.” Her upcoming (Feb. 2016) release is UNHOOKED, a dark and twisty Peter Pan retelling that is already garnering praise as well. She has taught writing for more than ten years at the college level, including query and craft workshops for creative writers. Currently, she lives near Washington, DC and teaches at a local college when she’s not writing. To find out more about Lisa, please visit: http://www.lisa-maxwell.com

Jaye Robin Brown or Jro to her friends, is the author of the contemporary young adult novels, NO PLACE TO FALL, WILL'S STORY, and the forthcoming GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT. (Harper Teen and Epic Reads Impulse) An active member of SCBWI-Carolinas, she has presented and taught on creating character and authenticity in contemporary teen fiction. In addition, she is a mentor in the online Pitchwars community and has helped guide several writers in their quest to find agents and get their work ready for publication. To find out more about JRo, visit her at: http://www.jayerobinbrown.com/


7-14 August 2016

with Multi-Published Author, Brenda Drake

and Editor and Owner of Entangled Publishing, Liz Pelletier

Brenda Drake is the author of TOUCHING FATE (Entangled Crave) and THIEF OF LIES, a Library Jumpers novel (Entangled Teen). She's the host of Pitch Wars, Pitch Madness, and the Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag #PitMad. She's presented conference workshops for pitching, social media, and writing action scenes. Learn more about Brenda, her books, and contests on her blog at http://www.brenda-drake.com/

Liz Pelletier is the co-founder of Entangled Publishing, which started with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a ground-breaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press. Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Liz has been named one of 2014’s Most Influential People In Publishing by Bibliodaze. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing. http://www.entangledpublishing.com/



How to Grab the Reader and Never Let Go

21-28 August 2016

with Multi-Published Author Dianne Salerni

and Multi-Published Author & Editor Janet Lane

Dianne Salerni is the author of THE EIGHTH DAY MG fantasy series (HarperCollins) and YA historical novels, THE CAGED GRAVES (Clarion/HMH) and WE HEAR THE DEAD (Sourcebooks). THE EIGHTH DAY is a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominee and a Battle of the Books contender in school districts across the U.S.  THE CAGED GRAVES is a Junior Library Guild Selection and has been on state reading lists in Utah, Vermont, South Carolina, and Alaska. WE HEAR THE DEAD is the inspiration for The Spirit Game, a short film starring Charles Shaughnessy and Katharine Isabelle that premiered at Cannes in 2013. Dianne was an elementary school teacher for 25 years and now teaches community education classes, and conducts workshops at libraries and schools. Find out more about Dianne at: http://diannesalerni.com/

Janet Lane is an editor and a multi-published, Amazon bestselling author. Her novels have been traditionally and independently published in the medieval romance and contemporary women's fiction genres. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, where she completed the creative writing program. Her workshops cover all aspects of the writing craft, as well as practical strategies for self-promotion for both traditional and independently published authors. She is a contest judge and staff blogger for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a national writer’s group. Her novels, TABOR’S TRINKET and TRAITOR’S MOON have received numerous national and international awards. To find out more about Janet, please visit: http://www.janetlane.net/