Announcing a Writing/Illustrating Retreat by the Sea!

(Please note change in registration process at the bottom of this entry!)

If you’ve been yearning for time to get away to write/illustrate, OR if you’d love the opportunity to take some workshops, here’s your chance!

WHERE: The Virden Center, 700 Pilottown Rd., Lewes Delaware

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012 with options to stay Friday and/or Saturday nights

Optional Workshops on Saturday to include:

  • “Pencils and Scissors”Sometimes scissors are just as important as pencils. In this revision workshop Lois Szymanski challenges writers to cut, cut, cut.  Introducing her color-code revision system,Szymanski will discuss the laundry list of items she looks for when revising. From basic editing, to hashing out plot, to polishing the final product, learn what to look for. Bring at least four color markers and a piece of your writing for an optional opportunity try out the system on a portion of your WIP.  Find out more about our Co-Regional Advisor and author Lois Szymanski and her books at
  • “Write Like an Illustrator”

Illustrator and author, Nancy Carol Willis, will show how she uses storyboards to develop the “scenes” in her children’s nature books. She will share how “thinking in pictures” can improve descriptive writing and plot development. Bring a story or chapter and have fun creating a simple storyboard. (No artistic ability required!)

Nancy Carol Willis is an award-winning author, illustrator and nature lover.  Her books include Red Knot – A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey, Raccoon Moon, and The Robins In Your Backyard.  Explore her books, illustrations, and programs, workshops, and  lectures at

  • “The Practical Side of Writing”

Children’s and young adult book author John Micklos, will focus on researching markets, developing ideas, preparing query letters, finding agents,and other aspects of the writing biz.  In addition to writing for young people, John is an award-winning education journalist. 

John’s many books for young people include Daddy Poems and No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters.  He is also the author of Leonard Nimoy: A Star’s Trek,  Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor of the Telephone, Unsolved: What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?, Muhammad Ali: “I Am the Greatest”and Elvis Presley: “I Want to Entertain People.”John lives in Newark, Delaware.  To find out more, visit 

COST: $90 for Saturday retreat, includes optional workshops and continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

HOUSING: $60 per room per night for a single OR choose a roommate and each pay $30 per night.

We’re working hard to make this affordable, so choose whichever option works best for you!

Deadline for registration is November 6, 2012. Due to limited space, only the first 25 participants accepted.  Don’t wait too long, or all spots will be filled before the deadline!

To register, go to our regional website and print out the registration form to mail in with a check.  Due to a problem with the Paypal link, we will not be offering online registration for this retreat!

About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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2 Responses to Announcing a Writing/Illustrating Retreat by the Sea!

  1. The retreat sounds like such a good idea. It’s so good to be with other writers and illustrators. Thanks for working hard to make these events available.

  2. Pingback: November’s Not Just for Novelists Anymore! « As the Eraser Burns

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