Watch this space for 2014 dates and registration details!
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!
You can also watch this page for the latest Salt Cay Writers Retreat news and updates.
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!
Reposted with permission from Between the Pages
You’re a querying or soon-to-be querying writer. You’re on Twitter, doing your research, following agents and editors, carefully choosing which agents you want to query, and networking with other writers. You’re doing a lot of work to learn the ropes, and now you want to make Twitter work for you. How can you make that happen? (more…)
When I teach at writers’ conferences, I always begin by asking my students, “Why on earth would you want to be writers?” They chuckle, assuming that I’ve made a joke. But my question is deadly sober. Writing is so difficult, requiring such discipline, that I’m amazed when someone wants to give it a try. If a student is serious about it, if that person intends to make a living at it, the commitment of time and energy is considerable. It’s one of the most solitary professions. It’s one of the few in which you can work on something for a year (a novel, say), with no certainty that your efforts will be accepted or that you’ll get paid. On every page, confidence fights with self-doubt. Every sentence is an act of faith. Why would anybody want to do it? (more…)
STEP #1: Write Project & Develop Credentials
Seems like two steps, doesn’t it? It’s not – or at least it may not be. You need to write (or perhaps just develop) the project, and at the same time, you need to make it clear (first to yourself; and then to others) that you’re the best person to be writing it in the first place. This means having the writing “muscles” to do the job, as well as having the expertise to prove it. (more…)