Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
October 22-25, 2015
Pam: I will never forget the day I fell into a book that changed my life.
I attended a coaching workshop in Reno, Nevada, and spent the night in a small cabin in the Sierras. I had picked up a book on the recommendation of my best friend.
As soon as I read the first few pages, I felt like I was being pulled into another dimension. I laughed, I cried, and had light bulbs go off about the meaning of my life and the future of my body of work. I didn’t stop reading until I finished the whole thing.
The book was Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck.
Great pieces of writing, whether fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, magazine articles or blog posts, can be transformational for readers.
Yet for many reasons, much great writing stays stuck in the minds of writers.
Betsy: When I was twelve, I went to my first reading by an author: Madeleine L’Engle, who’d written one of my favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time. (To this day, I live by the mantra I learned in its pages: “The heart has its reasons whereof reason knows nothing.”) From that day forward, I knew I wanted to be a writer too.
I also “knew” that I’d never be good enough to achieve that dream. Ten years later, I “knew” I’d blown my only chance to learn how to write by getting a science degree because I was too chicken to be an English major. By my thirties, I “knew” it was really too late to begin–and besides, I didn’t have anything new to say, and no one would read my stuff anyway.
I didn’t realize that, in fact, I was an excellent storyteller. Unfortunately, my most convincing stories were the ones I told myself—and they weren’t true! They held me back until I learned how to tell myself better ones. Today I’m a professional writer and editor.
We want to help you rewrite the stories that hold you back and get your message out into the world!
It’s time to claim your space as a writer!
Join us at the Sedona Writing Retreat
Authors Pamela Slim and Betsy Rapoport, who is also the esteemed editor of Finding Your Own North Star (coincidence? WE THINK NOT!), are hosting a 4-day immersive writing retreat in Sedona, Arizona, from October 22-25, 2015.
We’ll help you create a powerful writing practice by developing these four key components:
- Cultivating your creative muse and establishing supportive writing practices
- Clarifying the messages you want to share with the world
- Developing your skills and writing craft
- Deciding on and pursuing the optimal outlet for your writing (books, blogs, magazine articles) and the medium of publication (self-publishing vs. traditional publishing)
If you are interested in truly finding your voice and aligning it with your business or personal life purpose, I highly recommend this retreat. All of us live our lives in story. This workshop was no exception. The story of this workshop was an environment of safe, brilliant people, together in a space of compassion and inspiration. The examples that Betsy and Pam presented were in the context of their amazing life stories, which gave them meaning and depth. Writing from a place of authenticity requires breaking down all the ego that you might have surrounding your daily life. And only then can you express your voice, your soul, your purpose, your gift to the world to its fullest. Pam and Betsy are amazing examples of writers and coaches that have found ways to make writing a part of their life, no matter what. After I attended this event, I gained further alignment on my writing practice and a commitment to a first project that has meaning for my life. I can’t wait to accomplish it, but know that it will be finished in its right time, taking tiny determined steps one at a time.
~ Ariel Snapp, Lead Online Marketing
Who is this retreat for?
People who love to write, or long to write, and see it as a key part of their body of work.
Why do Pam and Betsy make a great pair?
Anyone who has attended a writing retreat will attest to the power of time away from the hectic pace of life, and a safe and quiet place to write. We challenge you to find a place more beautiful—and beautifully mysterious—than our Sedona location, with its majestic red rock formations.
But that’s not the reason Pam and Betsy are excited about working together on this, our third, retreat. It’s the combination of both our skill sets that makes this retreat unique.
Pam brings strong experience in the craft and business of writing as a practitioner. She’s built her business around a successful blog, and a writing and speaking career out of her books. Pam knows what’s it’s like to be a bleary-eyed, bathrobe-clad writer down in the trenches, juggling parenthood and building her business while looking down the business end of a book contract deadline. She knows what it takes to work with a seasoned editor to bring a fresh, new idea into being.
Betsy is that seasoned editor. She brings three decades of experience from both sides of the world of publishing. She’s sat on the publisher’s side of the table, reading thousands of author’s book proposals and editing more than a thousand books, including massive bestsellers and major prize winners. In 2002, she switched teams and began working with authors and literary agents on their pitches to publishers, routinely securing six- and even seven-figure advances. She’s also published magazine articles and books, so she knows the joy of publication—and the sting of rejection.
Frankly, we love this work, we love each other’s sense of mission, and we love each other, even though Pam wishes Betsy would shut up about the pie, and Betsy wishes Pam would stop using the phrase “skill set.” And we know we’re going to love working with you!
Vanilla + Ice.
Sonny + Cher.
Smoky + Bear.
Pam + Betsy.
Singularly, those words mean one thing. Together? Especially that last combo? BOOM.
Pam and Betsy are encouragers, healers, holders of hope, kickers of butts, masterful weavers of good tales, and full of love.
The width and breadth of their experience is mind boggling. They are pro teachers. I listened and heeded advice as they pulled from the highs and lows of their careers to help retreat participants settle in and produce. Together they created a safe place for me and others to show up and been seen. There were added bene’s of highly irreverent moments mixed up with holy ones.
~ Martha J. Atkins, PhD, LPC-S, Master Certified Coach
What will this retreat do for you?
After the Sedona Writing Retreat, you can expect to:
- Get past the 4 beliefs that get writers stuck
- Put away excuses for not writing
- Develop a concrete plan for establishing a writing practice
- Embrace the process of writing, including crappy drafts and giving yourself permission to be bad for a long time
- Establish writing goals and a clear plan for fulfilling them
- Understand the fundamentals of publishing in magazines and books, including how to craft a great pitch and find the right editor and agent
- Broaden your definition of the “credentials” that you need to sell what you write
- Learn and practice writing fundamentals such as distinguishing “shows” from “tells,” separating the true from the telling detail, and defining how you want readers to be changed by what you’ve written
We will create:
- An open, safe and grounded environment in which to share your writing hopes, dreams, fears, and questions
- A luxurious, beautiful setting among Sedona’s famous red rocks where the magic of nature will help to entice and enliven your writing flow
- Strong and clear guidance from the perspective of experienced writers and coaches with extensive publishing track records and hundreds of clients
- Powerful opportunities to connect with yourself and nature through special activities such as walking meditations and Dine’ (Navajo) Beauty Way ceremony
Being part of Betsy and Pam’s retreat changed me from someone who talked about writing to someone who actually writes. I went to Sedona with a lot of anxiety, a few failed attempts and a big idea. I left with the tools I needed to sustain a regular writing practice and the support I needed to tame the crazy long enough to put words on the page. Betsy and Pam are gifted teachers, experienced coaches and specialists at untangling the peculiar knots of the writer’s mind. If you want to start writing or improve your writing, sign up now.
~ Jill Murphy
- $500 deposit will hold your space
- The remaining $3,200 can be paid by choosing from a variety of payment plans we have created to fit everyone’s budget.
- 4 day retreat with all exercises and special activities from Thursday evening until Sunday at noon
- 3 nights in an individual room in a King Suite at the luxurious Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
- 3 breakfasts and lunches
- Special evening ceremony with Darryl Slim, a Navajo healer and cultural educator
- Celebratory dinner on Saturday night, October 25
We’re going to work hard, have a lot of fun, and yes, THERE WILL BE PIE!
“Betsy and Pam made me write, laugh and cry. This DYNAMIC DUO covered storytelling, editing, publishing — and everything in between. I left with a ton of writing tools as well as clever advice for when the writing won’t come. They are fun, funny and supportive and they created a weekend that was both practical and spiritual. And there was pie!”
~ Wendy Kranz
How many are in our tribe?
We want to give everyone a lot of individual attention and feedback, so we’re capping registration at 25.
How to register:
- Place your $500 deposit
- Upon registration, you will receive a follow up email with options to pay the remaining $3,200.
Registration will close on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern.
About the retreat leaders
Betsy has been a professional book editor since 1981, working as an executive editor at Scribners and Random House. In 2002, she ditched the suits and pantyhose for life working from home as a full-time freelance editor, writer, and ghostwriter, critiquing, creating, and editing proposals and manuscripts.
Her current collaborations include helping a librarian snag a six-figure book deal, co-writing a book with a leading light in the yoga world, and editing a witty, soulful South African’s memoir about life on a game reserve (Cathedral of the Wild by Boyd Varty, to be released in March, 2014) . She has worked with amazing bestselling authors like Martha Beck, Dr. Dean Ornish, Carrie Fisher, President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Susan Love, Mary Matalin, Dr. Judith Orloff, and many more. She particularly enjoys working closely with authors to develop polished proposals and sample chapters that agents can take to auction.
Betsy’s own essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, and Sky Magazine (Delta’s in-flight magazine) among others. Her humor essays have been anthologized in Mothers Who Think, Creme de la Femme, Life’s a Stitch, and A Friendly Game of Poker from Chicago Review Press. She’s also the coauthor with Rosalind Wiseman of Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, optioned by Tina Fey (who turned the companion volume, Queen Bees and Wannabes, into Mean Girls.)
Betsy is certified as a master coach with Martha Beck, Inc., focusing on clients who want to write.
Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has been an entrepreneur for eighteen years. Her passion for career and organizational development spans many different work modes and client engagements.
A former Director of Training and Development at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, she spent the first 10 years of her business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees.
Pam built a powerful online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur. At Escape, Pam developed and taught business building courses for thousands of entrepreneurs over the course of 9 years. She has worked hands-on with hundreds of clients to help them establish a strong, clear voice in the market, through powerful content and branding.
Pam’s first book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur was released in Spring, 2009 and won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009 by 800 CEO Read. Her new book, Body of Work, was released in January, 2014 and gives a fresh perspective on the skills required in the new world of work for people in all work modes, from corporate to non-profit to small business.
Registration will close on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern.
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