Single Day Registration (Saturday, May 28)

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 Lee Child, # New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series, and Ann Hood, bestselling author of three novels and a memoir, plus 3 literary agents from New York-based Folio Literary Management (Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris, and Erin Niumata).

Cost of the single-day registration is $65, and includes morning and afternoon panel discussions, and a special workshop exclusive to one-day registrants in which literary agents offer comments and advice on authors’ opening two pages. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The program runs from approximately 9-4.

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

CLICK HERE for single-day program details.


 Salt Cay Writers Retreat – Single Day Registration – Program Details

Saturday, October 25

8:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:45 – Panel Discussion: Loglines

The logline or “tagline” is that one-sentence description of your work which you’ll use to sell it to agents and editors.  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.

10:00 – 11:00 – The Publishing Landscape

This is your chance to learn about how publishing works, from idea to manuscript to publishing book.  The panelists will talk for about half an hour, to allow ample time for Q&A to answer your questions.

11:00 – 12:00 – The Process of Writing. 

An informal discussion with two New York Times bestselling authors who will provide insights into their writing process and techniques.

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island

1:00 – 1:30 –  Panel discussion – TBA 

1:30 – 4:00 – 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.

4:00 – Ferry to Paradise Island Terminal

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