Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

There’s this wonderful new theory about spending money on experiences, not things. We think a weekend spent at our Writers’ Institute provides just that – an experience that transforms your life. Last year, writer Amanda Zieba attended the 27th annual Writers’ Institute and a few days later posted this thoughtful and insightful blog about her […]

Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Advanced Manuscript Critique

ATTENDING THIS YEAR’S WRITERS’ INSTITUTE? BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR AN ADVANCED MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE Advanced Manuscript Critiques are an excellent way to receive feedback from one of our expert speakers and work with them on a one-on-one basis during the conference. The process is easy – Select one of our instructors – Christine DeSmet (Fiction) […]

The Culture of Mushing – More From Blair Braverman

We are in the middle of Winter and what better time to learn more about dog sledding and enjoy these amazing photographs of the sport. Here’s a post from our Keynote Speaker Blair Braverman from VQR Online; If you are interested in writing about the outdoors and creative nonfiction writing, don’t miss Blair’s Master […]

Last Year’s Keynote Speaker Dan Blank Releases New Book

For those of you who attended last year’s Writers’ Institute you’ll remember our Keynote Speaker Dan Blank. Dan delivered an intense hour of facts, figures, advice and wisdom that left an impression on many of our writers. I’m happy to announce his new book Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work […]

Just Three Weeks…

There’s just three weeks left before our Early Bird Deadline ends for this year’s conference. Additionally, that is the deadline for your Advanced and Written Critiques to be submitted, along with the Essay Contest submissions. Don’t miss these great opportunities to work one-on-one with our speakers during this year’s conference. Questions? Please contact me at […]

Should You Submit Your Work to Agents and Editors?

Submitting your work to agents and editors is a decision that many writers look forward to making. Jane Friedman, a past Keynote Speaker at our Writers’ Institute, has posted an enlightening article about this very question. As we anticipate our conference in March, I thought you might find this information to be of interest:   […]

Adventures With Dogsledding

Greetings! Here is another installment of Blair Braverman’s adventures with dogsledding from OUTSIDE Magazine, January 12, 2017; Blair is our Keynote Speaker and will offer a Master Class and sign copies of her book Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube on Saturday of our conference. Be there! Laurie

A Three Day Weekend

This is a three day weekend for some as our community celebrates the life of Martin Luther King set for Monday, January 16th. It is also mid-January when the daylight is precious and the nights are long – a perfect environment for writing – and writing a little bit more. Will you be writing this […]