The 2018 Writing Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat will be held from September 22 through September 30 on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.
It's a cruise ship.
The base price of $1300 covers the full week of intensive seminars, writing exercises, and free writing time, plus meals, double-occupancy lodging on the ship, and a cruise to three different Caribbean destinations. The conference begins on land in our hotel in Houston, TX before transferring to the cruise ship and continuing for a week at sea. (We have arranged for a hotel, breakfast, and transfer to the ship for $150. Staying there is optional, but conference events do begin on land.) Attendees will also be invited to attend live recordings of episodes of the Hugo award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells.
At sea. Seriously.
- September 22 - Houston, Texas - Registration and classes ashore
- September 23 - Galveston, TX - Transfer to the ship, board, and classes.
- September 24 - At Sea - Classes and writing time.
- September 25 - At Sea - Classes and writing time
- September 26 - Roatan, Honduras
- September 27 - Belize City, Belize
- September 28 - Cozumel, Mexico
- September 29 - At Sea - Classes and writing time.
- September 30 - Return to port in Galveston and transfer to Houston, TX.
Each seminar will include writing exercises and Q&A time with the instructor.
Topics will include:
- Character creation
- ... and much more.
Because balancing family and fiction is often difficult, we are including a small number of classes specifically for family members.
- So, you have a writer in the family
- How to critique your writer without breaking them.
- Finances of freelance writers
ADDITIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Participants will also be able to sign up for a limited number of additional breakout sessions or one-on-one sessions with individual instructors. There is no additional charge for these, but because of the size of the event we may not be able to accommodate everyone with their first choice.
These breakout sessions include:
6-member novel critique groups: Members will submit excerpts up to 3000 words for critique by the group as well as one of the podcasters. (Please note that this means you are committing to critique the stories of the other group members.)
6-member short story critique groups: Members will submit short stories up to 3000 words for critique by the group as well as one of the podcasters. (Please note that this means you are committing to critique the stories of the other group members.)
One-on-one Q&As: This is a 25-minute one-on-one session with one of the hosts, and you decide how that time will be spent. We can critique the first five pages of a manuscript, practice making a pitch, drill down on a worldbuilding conundrum, answer specific questions, or offer general advice.
"Office Hours": Each morning, instructors are available for individual drop-in sessions to cover those questions that come up mid-cruise.