I have two—count ’em, TWO—retreats to tell you guys about! One is for writers, and the other is for readers and it is freeAnd if you think about it, there’s a lot of crossover between those two categories, so maybe both of these are right in your wheelhouse. Well, hell, I guess I’d better admit, it, too: there’s actually four retreats. I got a little carried away with the schedule, I guess, but that’s a good thing.

  1. April 12-14: WINNING IN 2019: Publishing Success (Hill Country of Texas)
  2. ENTER TO WIN! June 17-22: FREE Reader Appreciation Week Contest for Winners (Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming)
  3. July 8-12: JUMPSTART THAT NOVEL (Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming)
  4. October 25-27: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, a mystery/thriller/suspense intensive (Hill Country of Texas)

Which should I tell you about first? I think I’ll go chronologically.


WRITERS PUBLISHING SUCCESS RETREAT APRIL 12-14, 2019: “WINNING IN 2019”

Rocket launch your publishing career with Silver Falchion Best Mystery winner and USA Today best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins (and her draft horses, donkeys, dogs, goats, wildflowers, publishing partner-husband, and wildlife) in the Texas Hill Country—only 1.5 hours from Houston and Austin—for a weekend retreat focusing on publishing and promotion strategy.

Includes:

  • Comprehensive workshops on publishing and promotion strategy
  • 1-1 sessions with Pamela to brainstorm your strategies
  • Dedicated time to work on your own publishing/promotion plan/budget, or to write/revise if you prefer
  • Feedback and discussion about your strategies with other retreat participants
  • Post-retreat feedback on your publishing/promotion plan/budget from Pamela
  • Invaluable discussion and community building with Pamela and other participants
  • Relax on the porch with coffee or around the fire pit with s’mores, hike the property with Eric of SkipJack Publishing and the dogs, or feed apples and carrots to the giant draft horses
  • Serene setting
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break from the retreat and enjoy a wide variety of local activities
  • GET MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFO ON MY RETREATS PAGE


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READER APPRECIATION RETREAT CONTEST: JUNE 17-22

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO ATTEND FREE! SIX WINNERS TO BE CHOSEN!

Silver Falchion winner and bestselling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins hosts beloved readers on the eastern face of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for a soul-cleansing week of fun and all things bookish 🙂

  • Enjoy Pamela’s Snowheresville lifestyle with her
  • Talk books, books, and more books!
  • Attend a taping of the Wine Women & Writing podcast
  • Relax on the porch with coffee or around the fire pit with s’mores, hike the property with Eric and Pamela and the dogs, or feed apples and carrots to the giant draft horses (ride them if you’re brave!)
  • Participate in excursions into the mountains, nearby Western towns, or attractions
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break from the retreat and enjoy a wide variety of local activities
  • No one who comes will pay for their room. I’ll pick up to six winners (and winners can pick who to bring…another reader? A friend or spouse/partner?)

CONTEST ENTRY RULES:

Write a limerick inspired by the What Doesn’t Kill You World of romantic mystery trilogies, the novels, the protagonists, or the author/Pamela. For extra credit, present your limerick in a unique way, like in a video, or set to music, or as part of an artistic creation (skit, craft, painting, food, etc.). Submit entries before April 1st to PFH at pamelafaganhutchins dot com. Winners will be announced by May 1.
The prize is a stay from June 17-22nd at Pamela’s Snowheresville, WY mountain cabin with her, her husband, Petey the blind Boston terrier, Georgia the emotionally fragile Malinois, Katniss the plus-size princess Percheron, Feathers the lady-magnet Shire, and the other winners.


If conversations like this one are your jam, you’ll get plenty of chances if you win a spot at the retreat:


Winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs as well as the cost of any individual activities, items, or meals they choose to buy or rent offsite (included at no charge are onsite activities: hiking, horses, one Razor off road vehicle, one kayak, excursions into the mountains) and will collaborate with Pamela, Eric, and the other winners on meal prep both at the cabin and on picnics 🙂 While winners can bring whatever guests fit in their rooms (varies from two to four), the prize is for the free ROOM only. Meals for the additional guests in the room will be the responsibility of the guest.


JUMPSTART THAT NOVEL Retreat: July 8-12, 2019

Enter for a chance to join Silver Falchion-award-winning, USA Today bestselling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins on the eastern face of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for a one-week reader appreciation retreat of soul-cleansing fun and books.

Includes:

  • A critique of the first 50 pages of your novel by Pamela
  • Mini-workshops on giving and receiving feedback, finishing your novel, deep novel revision, and more
  • Dedicated writing/revision time
  • Valuable critique feedback from participants
  • Close-out feedback from Pamela on the revised first 10 pages of your novel
  • Relax on the deck with coffee and watch the wildlife (or join Pamela there for yoga at dawn), hike the property with Eric and the dogs, or feed apples and carrots to the giant draft horses
  • Participate in home cooked meals with the scent of pine trees wafting through fresh air
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break from the retreat and enjoy a wide variety of local activities
  • GET MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFO ON MY RETREATS PAGE

Fall 2019, Tentatively October 25-27: “Crime and Punishment” Writers Retreat (Focus: Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense)

Are you ready to take your mystery/thriller/suspense writing to a new level? If so, join Silver Falchion winner and USA TODAY bestselling mystery/suspense author Pamela Fagan Hutchins (and her goats, horses, donkeys, dogs, and wildlife) in the Texas Hill Country—only 1.5 hours from Houston and Austin—for a weekend writer’s retreat focusing on the craft of crime writing.

  • Comprehensive workshops on creating tension, character development, atmosphere and setting, red herrings, story structure and elements, creating a “villain,” series writing, and more
  • 1-1 critique session with Pamela on your 1st 50-pages
  • Dedicated time to write
  • Feedback and discussion about your work with other retreat participants
  • Invaluable discussion and community building with Pamela and other participants
  • Relax on the porch with coffee or around the fire pit with s’mores, hike the property with Eric of SkipJack Publishing and the dogs, or feed apples and carrots to the giant draft horses
  • Serene setting
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break from the retreat and enjoy a wide variety of local activities
  • GET MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFO ON MY RETREATS PAGE

Click the links to reserve the Hideaway Mountain Lodge or the Nowheresville, TX Farm Stay House for unfacilitated retreats for artists, book clubs, readers, or girlfriends, or email pamela at pamelafaganhutchins dot com.
So, what do you think?
Blessings, y’all!

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