Writer In Residence – August 2019

August 4-9, 2019

Book Mapping: Creating a Plan for a Book that Readers (and Publishers) Will Love

Does the idea of writing a book feel overwhelming? Do you find yourself struggling to know where to start? You’re not alone. What you need is a proven plan. And trusted guides to help you apply it.

Authors and speakers Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory both wrote several books in 2019. At this intimate retreat, they will take you by the hand and walk you through their Book Mapping process – the plan they used to outline, pitch, and write books this year.

August 4-9, 2019
with Cheri Gregory, Susy Flory
& Kathi Lipp

Prices vary depending on accommodations. Click register below for room type and pricing. Scroll down for the full schedule of this retreat.

Your Writers in Residence

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory

Author, Speaker and Podcaster

Cheri is co-author of two books with Kathi Lipp and curriculum director for The LEVERAGE Speaker Conference; co-host with Amy Carroll of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast and co-author of Exhale (June 2019); founder of Write Beside You coaching services.

She loves helping writers turn the messy ideas in their heads into messages that transform readers’ lives.

Susy Flory

Susy Flory

Best Selling Author

Susy is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 12 memoirs, She’s written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

Author, Speaker, Podcaster

Kathi is the author of 17 books including best selling The Husband Project and the life changing Clutter Free. She has been named Best of Broadcast three separate times at Focus on the Family.

Kathi will share from her deep knowledge of working with agents and editors to help you position your personal story to connect with audiences.

SCHEDULE & THINGS TO KNOW

Sunday, August 4

4:00-6:00 pm Arrival & Check-in / Meet & Greet

Session 1: ”How does one ‘map a book’?” Cheri and Kathi
Our first session of the retreat introduces you to the Book Mapping Plan and how it’s worked for both of us. You’ll end the night with an understanding of the week’s objectives and your first assignment.

6:30-8pm Dinner Buffet

8pm Fire Conversations

Monday, August 5

7-8 am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30am – 12pm Writing

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Session 2: “How do I turn all these ideas into something people will want to read?” Cheri Gregory
Every great book starts with an idea – and it ends with a transformation for the reader. Knowing where your reader wants to go – and needs to go —means getting to know her personally. In this session, you will learn how to get inside your reader’s head and heart, discover her unspoken needs, and respond by writing a book she can’t put down.

2:30 -4pm Fearless Feedback

4-5pm Session 3: “How can I write a book that will capture an editor’s attention?” Kathi Lipp
Whether you are looking for a publisher or planning to self-publish, what sells books is a “fresh take” or “new twist” on your idea.

Learn how to discover your unique spin, create a compelling book concept around it, and convey your fresh perspective to an editor.

6-7pm Dinner Buffet

7pm Fire Conversations

Tuesday, August 6

7-8 am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30am-12pm Writing

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Session 4: “Why am I the best person to write a book? (And how do I convince an editor of that?)”
Cheri
A jack-of-all-trades is a master of none. Editors – and readers – don’t want generalists. They want specialists. Learn new ways to use your distinct voice to stand out from the rest in a crowded book market. Position yourself as THE expert on your topic and best authority for credible knowledge. 

2:30-4pm Fearless Feedback

4-6pm Wine Tasting

6-7pm   Dinner

7 pm Fire Conversations

Wednesday, August 7

7-8am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30am-12pm Writing

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Session 5: “How do I offer my readers something of real value?”
Cheri
Value – it’s what an editor is searching for and your reader desperately needs. Create a plan to make sure that value is packed into every page of your manuscript and that you are creating a book that people will not just read, but apply and evangelize.

2:30-4pm Fearless Feedback

4-5pm Session 6: “What’s the best way to organize my book?”
Kathi
When it comes to organization, a book isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Learn more about your own organizational style and how to work with it – not fight against it – to make your writing process as painless as possible.

6-7pm Dinner Buffet

7pm Fire Conversations

Thursday, August 8

7-8am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30am-12pm Writing

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Session 7: “How do I know if what I’m writing will resonate with readers, agents, and editors?”
Cheri
If you want to know whether your book will resonate with readers, you have to make sure that your words see light before they see print. Learn how to get others involved in your book by creating community around your manuscript before it’s even published.

2:30 -4pm Fearless Feedback

4-5pm Session8: “What does it take to tell a great non-fiction story?”
Susy
We round off our week together by bringing in best-selling author Susy Flory to talk about story structure that makes your non-fiction book a true page-turner. Create a compelling story that will keep your reader engaged until the very end—and chomping at the bit for your next book!

6-7pm Dinner Buffet

7pm Fire Conversations

Friday, August 9

7-8am Breakfast

8-9am Pack Up

9-10:30am Session 9: Creating Your Go-Home Writing Plan
Kathi & Cheri
After arming you with a proven strategy to map your book, we spend our final session together tying it all together. Cheri and Kathi will help you craft a writing plan to finish your book without losing your mind. Going home with a realistic action plan will keep you focused on finishing your book and excited to serve the people who desperately need it.

11am Goodbyes

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