In late December 2016, a contest opened up to win free tuition to the 2017 Writers Who Run Retreat. It ran for 5 weeks. Over 400 people entered the contest. Awesome! And the winner is...
Congratulations! Check your email for your special discount code. Can't wait to meet you!
If you didn't win, you can still participate in this amazing experience of writing and running with like-minded individuals who share the same passions as you.
This year, there will be a boat tour on historic Fontana Lake. And a pre-race kickoff party. And the S'mores will be here waiting for you, too.
Kumbaya, my friend.
Here is a list of our frequently asked questions - updated for the 2017 retreat.
A few questions asked and answered:
More questions answered:
What do I need to bring?
What is the deadline to get registered?
Is this retreat for a specific genre or a specific type of writer?
Is there a shuttle?
I don't normally run a lot. What do I need to know to be prepared?
What should I start doing now to be ready?
How do I submit my first two chapters?
What is standard manuscript formatting?
How will the roundtable groups work? If I write picture books, will I be placed in a group of writers who write adult fiction?
I've never critiqued someone else's writing before. How do I give a good critique?
Writers Who Run Race to NC for World's First Ever Retreat of its Kind
Writers will be racing to Fontana Dam, NC on August 3, 2016 to attend the world's only writing retreat that also incorporates running a race as part of the agenda. Space is limited to 32 participants who think of themselves as writers and runners (or walkers). The culminating event of the 5-day, 4-night writing retreat is a 10k trail race on Sunday August 7 through the Nantahala National Forest of the Great Smoky Mountains. The race is limited to 250 participants and is also open to walkers.
The Writers Who Run (or Walk) Retreat combines the best of both worlds all in one trip, saving you time and money. One website visitor commented, "What an awesome concept. I cannot believe I've found this. It's like Goldilocks discovering just the right bed! Writing retreats are sedentary. Running retreats are exhausting. But this one sounds just right!"
The retreat promises to be rejuvenating, educational, productive, and social. The 10k trail race isn't just a race. It's an inspirational journey including some of the most popular racing elements that attract runners: adventure, costumes, charity, and bling!
Writers Who Run was founded by Christie Wright Wild, a writer who realized that the only time she ever traveled was to go to a writing event or a running event. There's finally a solution where you can do both in the same trip!
J.J. Hensley had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances with his career as a Secret Service agent. We were all so excited to meet you, but wish you well on your newest adventure in life. May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.
Alex Lidell, author of YA fantasy novel, The Cadet of Tildor, has graciously agreed to join us. By day, she is a paramedic. By night, she rides horses through the landscape of her fantasy worlds.
No matter what you write, Alex will inspire you as she shares the insight she has learned on her own personal journey to publication.