2017 Retreat

Windy City Retreat 2017

“Nourishing the Writer’s Soul”

with Special Guest Barbara Samuel

(Some of you may know her as Barbara O’Neal)

Friday Workshop

Whether it’s too much feedback from reviewers or contest judges who hate your three chapters, an editor who doesn’t understand you or a husband who thinks you’re wasting your time, there are a million things that undermine our love of writing. This is a workshop on ways to get the magic back.

Saturday Six-hour Master Class

 Whether you’re meeting your voice for the first time, trying to find it, trying to hone it, or trying to get in touch with it again, this workshop is meant for you. What you will need: A writing utensil and paper. Barbara doesn’t forbid laptops but strongly recommends writing by hand to get the full power of the exercises.

Voice is one of the most misunderstood aspects in all of writing—and possibly the most powerful. By working with hands-on, interactive exercises, we will explore the many aspects that create a writer’s unique fingerprint—and ways to fit that voice to the marketplace.

This six-hour Voice master class is a hands-on workshop designed to really allow writers to hear their own voices.

March 3rd & 4th

Hilton Garden Inn Naperville/Warrenville

28351 Dodge Drive

Warrenville, Il 60555

Reservations: 866 – 318 – 4796

$109 per night/Special Windy City RWA Room Rate until Feb 10, 2017
After Feb 10 – Current Applicable Room Rate Applies


Retreat Registration

Windy City Members: $99 (Early bird 8/1/16 – 11/30/16). $109 (After 11/30/16).

Non-Windy City Members: $119 (Early bird 10/1/16 – 11/30/16). $129 (After 11/30/16).

Registration is Limited and Closes February 10, 2017 or Until Sold Out.

(Full refunds will be granted no later than 1/2/17)

*Cancellation fee of $20.00 will be charged for cancellations after 1/2/17*

Tentative Agenda

Friday, March 3rd

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Registration. Unplugging for the weekend is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm        25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (buffet style dinner to include 3 entrees, a side salad, vegetable and potatoes)

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm        Reclaiming the Magic with Barbara Samuel

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm      Dessert Reception and Champagne Toast

Saturday, March 4th

7:00 am – 9:00 am         Hot Breakfast Buffet (at your leisure – to include scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and the usual fair)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Voice Workshop (full day coffee service)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch (sandwich wrap buffet to include a tossed salad, pasta salad, and two soups)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm        Voice Workshop (full day coffee service and afternoon sweet treat)

4:00 pm                           Wrap-up


About Barbara:

Barbara Samuel O’Neal fell in love with food and restaurants at the age of fifteen, when she landed a job in a Greek café and served baklava for the first time. She sold her first novel in her twenties, and has since won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and six prestigious RITAs, including one for THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS in 2010. Her novels have been published widely in Europe and Australia, and she travels internationally, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and of course, eating. She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs.





Questions/Special Diet Requests?

Savannah Reynard: retreat@windycityrwa.org

2017 Retreat Committee: Savannah Reynard, India Powers, Cici Edward, Robin Skylar, Michelle Blackstone and Amy Alessio.