Frequently Asked Questions
- Yes, we are able to make dietary accommodations.
- Yes, you will receive one faculty 1-on-1 critiques for any portion of one manuscript (up to 2,000 words) so long as you register by May 5th.
- Yes, there are private single rooms available, but they are limited in number.
- Yes, there is a shuttle service from the ATLANTA (ATL) airport. It will pick up on Monday at 3:00 and return on Saturday by 2:30 PM.
- Yes, lodging is included. Food is included (minus Thursday night's dinner and daily snacks). The race is included.
- The cost for a private room is $2899. See the pricing page for other options.
How many people show up?
- There is a 1:6 faculty-to-attendee ratio. Space is limited to 24 attendees .
Is there a shuttle?
- Yes! We will depart from the ATLANTA (ATL) airport at 3:00 PM on Monday. The cost is included in the retreat tuition.
- There are also rental cars available from the airport, if you prefer to drive yourself.
Will I fit in? What if I don't run a lot? How old is everyone?
- Yes! You WILL fit right in!
- Faculty and Attendees are mostly female.
- We are a varied group of writers and runners at all different levels.
- Age ranges from 20s to 60s with the majority being in their 30s and 40s.
I don't normally run a lot. How can I prepare?
- If you can walk for 2 hours, you can finish the race.
- If you are running 2-4 days a week, you will be fine. Aim for 30 minutes during the week and an hour on the weekend. Or you could aim for distance instead of time. Run 2-4 miles during the week, and 5-6 miles on the weekend. Either way is good.
- Don't buy a brand new pair of shoes just before a race. You might end up with blisters. But if you don't have ANY running shoes, then go to a running specialty store and get their opinion.
Is this retreat for a specific genre or a specific type of writer?
- We focus on a love of running and writing. Writers and runners at all levels are welcome!
- You may be a beginner type of runner and an advanced writer, or you might be an advanced runner while you're a beginning writer, or anywhere in between!
- You may write for children (picture books, middle grade, young adult), or you may write for adults. The staff is well-rounded.
- Fantasy, historical, science fiction, suspense thrillers, mysteries, romance... It doesn't matter. Bring it!
What do I need to bring?
- pens, pencils, paper, journal, notebook, laptop, flash drive, etc.
- your novel, so you can finish it or continue working on it
- a copy of your first two chapters (for taking notes during roundtable critiques)
- or two shorter manuscripts (i.e. picture books, etc.)
- running shoes and running clothes
- casual clothing, swimsuit, and toiletries
- bug spray, sunscreen, bandaids
- an open mind and a willingness to learn
How do I submit my manuscript?
- Only 2,000 words
- We will email you a series of 10 emails beginning in June to give you important details and reminders.
What is standard manuscript formatting?
- Double spaced
- 12-point font
- Times New Roman
- Use a header with last name, title of ms, and page number
- Don't number first page
- Start each new chapter on a separate page
- Type chapter title in ALL CAPS
- Use a 5-space tab for all paragraphs
- Name and contact information at top left-hand corner of first page
- Word count for each chapter at upper right-hand corner
How do I give a good critique?
- Print out the manuscripts (mss) you have been assigned to critique. Write your notes in the margins,
- -OR- Type your comments into a Word document, print, and bring it with you.
- This is not meant to be a line-by-line editing session. Focus on the story, not necessarily the writing.
- Writers will want to know what is working well, and what is confusing. Share ideas.
- You may circle things and put a smiley face or a check mark beside things you like. You might underline things you find confusing and put a question mark beside it. It's up to you.
- Give positive feedback first, followed by constructive criticism that could make the ms better, and then finish up with more positive feedback.