Single Day Registration (Wednesday, October 23)

Now local Bahamian writers can practice their craft on this beautiful private Bahamian island under the tutelage of  #1 New York Times bestselling authors, top editors from the most prestigious publishers, and prominent literary agents.

Instructors include Robert Goolrick,#1 New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoir THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, A RELIABLE WIFE, and HEADING OUT TO WONDERFUL, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, TWELVE TIMES BLESSED, THE BREAKDOWN LANE, and CAGE OF STARS; editor Chuck Adams (Algonquin Books; WATER FOR ELEPHANTS); film agent Steve Fisher (Vice President, Agency for the Performing Arts), and 4 literary agents from New York-based Folio Literary Management.

Cost of the single-day registration is $225, and includes morning and afternoon workshops, panel discussions, structured writing exercises, and a special workshop exclusive to one-day registrants in which literary agents offer comments and advice on authors’ opening two pages. Lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee.The evening finishes with readings from Goolrick and Mitchard, after which students are invited to step up to the mike and share their own work.

Tickets for the dinner and author readings only may also be purchased for $85. Mitchard’s and Goolrick’s books will not be available for purchase on the island; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own copies for personalization and signing.

For more information, write to retreat administrators Karen Dionne or Christopher Graham at You may also telephone Chris at 732-267-6449.

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 Salt Cay Writers Retreat – Single Day Registration – Program Details

Wednesday, October 23

8:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: Loglines

The logline or “tagline” is that one-sentence description of your work which you’ll use to sell it later.  In this panel, we’ll be discussing how to use your logline to make sure that your story itself is on track – it’s a great editing tool.

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop: Voice

In the Wednesday workshop, we will focus on the importance of establishing voice in the first pages of a manuscript.  Participants will consider sentence structure, rhythm, word choice, and point of view.  The manuscripts critiqued on this day will be considered within the framework of this topic.

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island

1:00 – 1:30 –  Panel Discussion: Mastering the Logline Pitch

This panel focuses on using the logline as a sales tool (as opposed to an editorial tool) – to sell the book to agents, editors, book buyers, and readers.

1:30 – 4:00 – Participatory Exercise: The Voice of Emotion [Anger, Joy]

This highly structured workshop will focus on the kinds of words, syntax, and punctuation that you can use to describe scenes of heightened emotion – as well as how different people/characters use different vocabulary and sentence structure to describe scenes of similar emotional impact.  After participating in this workshop, you’ll have new tools to bring to once-familiar events.  Incorporating all five senses in your prose is a simple way to lend your manuscript immediacy.  Similarly, knowing which point of view to use – first person, second person, or third person – is crucial to building a believable and compelling world on the page.

4:00 – 6:00 – Structured Writing /Two Minutes, Two Pages  Agent Critiques

Structured Writing: two 45-minute blocks of writing time, with your fellow participants sitting near you, also writing, will encourage your creative spirit – whether it’s working on what you’ve learned in this day’s lesson, revising the pages you had critiqued, or using the extraordinary setting to write something new, the time is yours to write.

Two Minutes, Two Pages: Exclusive to one-day registrants, this workshop uses the popular format developed by the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York City. Two agents meet with up to 10 students. Students take turn reading their first two pages out loud while the group follows along in hard copy, and the agents react to the material as if they’d received it as a submission, stopping the author at the point they would have stopped reading and then kindly explaining why. Authors are then invited to read the rest of the material, and the agents offer additional comments.

7:00 – 9:00 – Dinner on the island, open mike night

Come and listen to our faculty read from current and upcoming works and even try your hand at a reading yourself! We’ll have events that include readings by our award-winning authors, and an open mike night where our writers are encouraged to share their work.

Salt Cay Writers Retreat – Single Day Registration – Instructors

Wednesday, October 23

Robert Goolrick is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoir THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, A RELIABLE WIFE, and HEADING OUT TO WONDERFUL.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, TWELVE TIMES BLESSED, THE BREAKDOWN LANE, and CAGE OF STARS.

Chuck Adams is executive editor at Algonquin Books. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, he has worked with a diverse list of writers, including Mary Higgins Clark, Jackie Collins, Johnny Evison, Scott Eyman, Sandra Brown, James Lee Burke, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Goolrick, Joe McGinniss, Kinky Friedman, Joseph Heller, Barbara Delinsky, Sara Gruen, Charles Portis, Brock Clarke, and Alan Shapiro. In addition, he has edited books by many celebrities and public figures, including Esther Williams, Tab Hunter, Cher, Charlton Heston, Faye Dunaway, Kitty Dukakis, Neil Simon, and Sarah Ferguson.

 Michelle Brower is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction.  She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Julia Wertz, Todd Ritter, and Michele Young-Stone among many others.

Steve Fisher is Vice President  of Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. His client list includes Dorothy Allison (National Book Award nominee for “Bastard Out of Carolina”); Alison Bechdel (author of the acclaimed graphic memoir “Fun Home); Robert Stone (National book Award winner);  estate of Arthur C. Clarke; Patrick O’Brian (“Master and Commander” series); estate of Truman Capote;  Lee Child (“Jack Reacher” franchise released by Paramount at the end of 2012  with Tom Cruise starring); Jim Sallis (author of “Drive”, with Ryan Gosling and  Carey Mulligan ; bestselling suspense author John Saul;  John Connelly, and Pulitzer Prize winners Phil Caputo (“Rumor of War”), Gregory Maguire (“Wicked”) and Burrows & Wallace; and journalist Nancy Jo Sales (writer of Vanity Fair’s “Bling Ring” article, the basis for Sofia Coppola’s next film).

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. Erin loves to champion the careers of debut authors. Primarily she represents literary fiction, book club fiction, YA, and select narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the look-out for the next break-through voice. Her clients include Times Magazine contributor Carla Power, New Criterion editor David Yezzi, and debut novelists Daniel Levine and Jennifer Laam.

Jeff Kleinman is is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a literary agency in New York and Washington, D.C., which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredible variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something—a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Garth Stein, Bruce Watson, and Philip Gerard.

Erin Niumata is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. Erin has been in publishing for over twenty-one years, and has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Phyllis Richman, Senator Fred Harris, Michael Lee West, Debbie Fields, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, Carolyn Brown, Sandy Robins, Discovery’s River Monsters, Cash Cab, Extreme Couponing, Josh Shipp, TLC’s – The Cake Boss, and many more, and has worked on 28 New York Times bestsellers. Erin represents commercial nonfiction, from prescriptive and practical to narrative and memoir, as well as a select list of fiction including mysteries, psychological thrillers, commercial women’s fiction. She is particularly looking for expert, celebrity, and company clients with strong national platforms, as well as debut fiction.