Faith and Fiction Retreat 2011

2011 Faith and Fiction Retreat Information

June 23-25, 2011

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Sawgrass Marriott Spa and


ReShonda Tate Billingsley; Victoria Christopher Murray, Stacy Hawkins Adams

2011 AUTHOR PANELISTS (more being added daily)- Author Panelist Selection closes OCTOBER 1 – potential panelists email for more information.

Tiffany L. Warren, Rhonda McKnight, Victor McGlothin, Patricia Haley, Leslie Sherrod, Angela Benson, Vanessa Miller, Patricia Bridewell, Kimberly Cash Tate

NEW for 2011

Author Bootcamp – Everything you ever wanted to know about launching your publishing career.  Workshops on: Writing Craft, Contracts, Royalty Statements, Agents and MORE!  Bootcamp registration includes a Pitch Session to prominent industry professionals that can sign YOU to a book deal!

Book Club Panels, Games, All White Beach Party REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Full Registration $199: Includes sessions (Late night book club discussions – moderated by book club presidents, book signings, panel discussions), Friday Lunch Bar-b-Que, and Saturday Night Author Gala (all-white beach location), and retreat materials.  AFTER Feb 1, 2011, price raises to $239.

Book Vendor $299: Includes premium vendor location in high traffic area, and one Aspiring Author Combo Registration (Boot Camp/Pitch Session/All Sessions).  

Author Bootcamp Combo $269 includes pitch session and full registration and author bootcamp – Five minute pitch session with agents and editors to help launch your book career. 

Meals Only Registration – For spouses and guests $129

Thursday, June 23rd
3:00Hotel Check-In
5:00Opening Session

Friday, June 24th
6:30 Beachfront Prayer
7:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Session (ALL Main Ballroom)
9:30 Breakout authors YOU should know!The Publishing Landscape – What’s right for you? Self Publishing, Traditional?  What genre are you?  Who is your audience?
10:15 Break
10:30 Author Panel – Book Tour stories – Authors share stories about touring together.The Winning Pitch – From query letters, to SASEs, to follow-ups.  How to get your story in the hands of people who can get your published!
Noon LuncheonLuncheon
1:30 Book Discussion: Stacy Hawkins AdamsA Novel Idea pt. 1 – Transition the story idea in your head to the written page.  From outlines to plotting to everything in between.
2:15 Break
2:30 Ten Minutes with an author – Groups A Novel Idea pt. 2 – Write the first page of your novel, share for feedback.
3:30 Play the FEUD!  Author Family Feud, with teams led by some of your faves! The Business – Contracts, Royalties, Advances!  What YOU need to know.
4:30 ON YOUR OWN (Dinner, Beachtime, Pool, Spa, ETC!  Enjoy!)
9:00 PJ Party Book Discussion – Ladies – ReShonda Tate BillingsleyManly Men Book Discussion for the fellas – Victor McGlothin

Saturday June, 25th
6:30 Beachfront Prayer
7:30 RegistrationPITCH SESSIONS BEGIN at 9am
9:00 JEOPARDY!  Test your book and author knowledge – PRIZES!!!  PRIZES!!!  PRIZES!!!Book Promotion Tips
9:45 Break
10:00 More authors YOU should know!!!  Readings, presentations from Author Panelists Screenwriting 101: Workshop with Booker T. Mattison
Noon LUNCH on your own & Exploration TimePITCHES RESUME at 1pm
4:00 Book Club Hotness!  Tips on how to maximize your bookclub experience!Rejected!!!  Panel.  This is inevitable for writers.  Authors share their rejections and subsequent triumphs
5:00 What this Book Means to Me! Stories from readers on how their favorite Inspirational Book ministered into their life!
5:45 Break to get ready for All-White Party!
7:00 All white party on the BEACH!
9:00 PJ Party Book Discussion – Victoria Christopher Murray


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