Writer In Residence – January 2020

Upcoming retreats

January 12-17, 2020

Everything Memoir

Do you have a true story to write? If so, “Everything Memoir” Writing at the Red House Retreat is for you. Learn from industry experts and featured writers in residence, Susy Flory and Kathi Lipp, as they take you through the ins and outs of crafting your unique true story and how to best share you and your story the world.

January 12-17, 2020
with 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

Susy Flory

Susy Flory

Author, Speaker

Susy Flory 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 Lipp is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 17 non-fiction books. Each of Kathi’s projects features memoir techniques to help her reader apply real-world truth through story.

SCHEDULE & THINGS TO KNOW

Sunday, January 12

4-5 pm Arrival & Check-in / Meet & Greet

5-6 pm Workshop 1- Introduction: Let’s Get Started – Kathi Lipp and Susy Flory
Kathi and Susy begin your memoir writing retreat adventure by discussing the foundations needed to make a good story. The who, what, when, where, and why.

6:30-8 pm Dinner Buffet

8 pm Fire Conversations

 

Monday, January 13

7-8 am Breakfast

8 am Devotion and prayer

8:30-11 am Writing

11-12 pm Workshop 2 Shaping Your Story Part 1-Susy Flory
This hands on workshop will have you visually creating and plotting your story.

12-1 pm Lunch

2:30-4 pm Fearless Feedback

4-5 pm Workshop 3 Lessons Learned- Kathi Lipp
In great memoir, the reader wants to understand how the story will relate to them (even if you have lived a life they could never imagine.) In this workshop, Kathi will teach you how to connect with your reader within the book, and in marketing, even before your reader opens to the first page.

6-7 pm Dinner Buffet

7 pm Fire Conversations

Tuesday, January 14

7-8 am Breakfast

8 am Devotion and prayer

8:30-12 pm Writing

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2 pm Workshop 4: Shaping Your Story Part 2-Susy Flory
As you continue to plot your story, part two will teach you how to add in the ups and downs of your story effectively.

2:30-4 pm Fearless Feedback

4-5 pm Workshop 5: How to Develop Your Platform/Marketing- Kathi Lipp
You may have an amazing story, but an editor is going to want to know how you will carry that message to the world. In this workshop, Kathi will help you identify your core message, and what marketing and platform methods you can use to take that core message to the world.

6-7 pm Dinner Buffet

7 pm Fire Conversations

Wednesday, January 15

7-8 am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30-12 pm Writing

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2 pm Workshop 6: Making it Good-Susy Flory
Now that you have your basic outline, learn how to make the building blocks of your story, extra special. Skill building will include character arcs, beginnings and endings, and how to best handle telling true stories that involve your family and friends.

2:30-4 pm Fearless Feedback

4-5 pm Workshop 7: Structuring Made Easy-Kathi Lipp
We all need structure in our book so that we can be as free as possible with our writing. Kathi will share with you how to structure your memoir chapters to get the maximum impact for your reader.

6-7 pm Dinner Buffet

7 pm Fire Conversations

Thursday, January 16

7-8 am Breakfast

8am Devotion and prayer

8:30-12 pm Writing

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2 pm Workshop 8: How to Write About Faith, Miracles and God-Susy Flory
Learn all the things you need to know to share your God moments through your story. This includes adding faith elements like your beliefs, using scripture, and making your faith story accessible to non-believers.

2:30-4 pm Fearless Feedback

4-5 pm Workshop 9:Working with Feedback Teams and Editors-Kathi Lipp
Writing a memoir is a two way relationship between the writer and the reader. The mistake that most memoirists make is to write their story and then present it to an editor for them to fall in love with.

An editor is not the first person who should see your work. Learn the process of developing a reader team who can help shape and share your book so that it will benefit your reader (and in the process, get you closer to being published.

We will also discuss the author/editor relationship and how to work together to create the most powerful work possible.

6-7 pm Dinner Buffet

7 pm Fire Conversations

Friday, January 17

7-8 am Breakfast

8-9 am Pack Up

9-10:30 pm Closing Workshop 9 Where do I write from Here? Susy and Kathi

11 am Goodbyes