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It’s open mike night on the Salt Cay Writers Retreat website! No need to wait until the retreat to share your work. Whether you’re registered or not, send your articles, essays, short stories, and opinion pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org, and step up to the mike!
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The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit. It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still.
The group members–all men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door. It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game.
But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route.
The chairs were arranged in a circle, and my supervisor had given me strict instructions on how to begin each session. “Start by going around the circle and have them say something good about themselves,” he had ordered. (more…)
The winner of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat Merit Scholarship Contest will be invited to attend the Salt Cay Writers Retreat with all program and tuition fees covered (travel and retreat hotel accommodations are not included).
The contest will be judged by a well-qualified anonymous panel of publishing professionals including retreat faculty. More information at: www.saltcaywritersretreat.com
Entry deadline: April 1, 2014
Winner announced: April 15, 2014 (more…)
Our 2014 faculty includes #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, National Book Award finalist and Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht, as well as literary agents Erin Harris, Jeff Kleinman and Erin Niumata, of Folio Literary Management, Jill Marr with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, with more top literary agents and editors to come!
If you’d like to work with our amazingly talented faculty members to improve your writing, all you need to do is register for the retreat, pay the $500 non-refundable deposit to guarantee your place, and you’re in! But hurry – attendance is limited to 35 students.
The 2013 Salt Cay Writers Retreat was a fabulous success – even better than we hoped it would be (and retreat organizers Karen Dionne and Christopher Graham had VERY high expectations!).
A huge thank you to our outstanding faculty members Jacquelyn Mitchard, Robert Goolrick, Amy Einhorn, Chuck Adams, Steve Fisher, Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris, and Michelle Brower, and to our administrative assistants Sharlotte Giberson-Graham and Deanna Dionne. You were all marvelous, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
But most of all, our sincere thanks go out to the wonderful student body who made the first-ever Salt Cay Writers Retreat possible!
The Salt Cay Writers Retreat and Blue Lagoon Island Present: An Evening with Robert Goolrick and Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bestselling authors Robert Goolrick and Jacquelyn Mitchard will read from their current and upcoming novels on Wednesday, October 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Blue Lagoon Island. Attendees will enjoy dinner with the authors and after the readings, are invited to step up to the microphone and share their own work.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, Oprah Winfrey’s first book club selection, TWELVE TIMES BLESSED, THE BREAKDOWN LANE, and CAGE OF STARS. (more…)
I recently found myself jammed up against a deadline most novelists would have thought impossible to meet. My normal writing pace produced roughly one polished chapter per week. Now, in order to meet my deadline, I had to write a polished chapter every day. I had to learn how to write faster – fast. (more…)
Do you write short stories? If so, you might be interested in this!
This year’s Zoetrope: All-Story’s upcoming short-fiction contest will be our seventeenth annual, judged by author David Means.
First, second, and third prizes will all receive monetary compensation. Also, the three prize-winners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. (more…)
Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty member Steve Fisher, Vice President of the Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, recently talked to Karen Dionne about his job as a film agent, what he looks for when considering a book’s film potential, and why he’s looking forward to teaching at the Salt Cay Writers Retreat.
What part of being a film agent do you most enjoy?
The most enjoyable part of my job unquestionably is interacting with creative people and having those conversations about turning a piece of material into a movie or series. To be able to work in the world of ideas is a wonderful thing, and I don’t take it for granted. I find the people in my business extremely interesting, occasionally challenging to deal with, but always intriguing.
Since I’ve always loved books–I was a voracious reader since I was a boy–and like everyone also love movies, combining those two passions in one profession is a great thing. (more…)
Salt Cay faculty member Chuck Adams, of Algonquin Books, has built a reputation as a brilliant editor and a straight shooter. Here’s his description of his “ideal author” from a 2008 interview in Poets & Writers:
“My ideal author would be one who is anxious—not just willing—but anxious to work with me. I don’t mean me, Chuck Adams. I mean me, the editor. Someone who understands that, while they are happy with what they’ve done, there may be room for improvement. They’re open to listening to my suggestions and, once I have shared my wisdom with them, they do something with it. As I said, when I make these suggestions for changes in the manuscript, I don’t want to be ignored. Because I’m not wrong. “There’s a problem there, and we need to work on it.” I may be wrong with the fix I suggest, but I’m not wrong with the need for a fix, and I want the author to respond to that and not argue with me. I see the creation of a successful book as very much a collaborative thing. The author always has to be happy with the book, or otherwise it doesn’t matter, but I also have to be happy with it for the company’s sake. We’ve got to feel like we can go out with confidence and make money on this book.”
Read the rest of Chuck’s interview in Poets & Writers, and you’ll understand why we’re thrilled to have him on our faculty!
Book editor Amy Einhorn runs her own imprint at G.P. Putnam’s Sons and has discovered gems such as The Help and The Weird Sisters.
“Growing up, I watched more TV than anything,” remembers Amy Einhorn. It’s a funny observation coming from the woman many hail as being one of the smartest book publishers of our time. But then again, in the era of the Internet, thousand-channel TV, and lots of other distractions, Einhorn, with her extraordinary “nose” for turning obscure, rejected, and startlingly original manuscripts into best sellers, is widely viewed as one of contemporary literature’s saviors.
Read the complete interview at Gotham Magazine: Amy Einhorn on the Mark of a Best Seller. What a privilege Salt Cay students will have to work with and learn from Amy at the retreat!