Thursday 31 January 2013

I've got a literary agent ...

Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop 2012
... for the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop! (hehe, yeah, I'm terrible ...)

Those who know me, know that last year the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop debuted, and it was a fabulous success. You can check out some photos of last year's event here.

This year ... the line-up and workshops are even BIGGER and BETTER. We have two instructors this year. Katharine Sands, a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, and Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, a popular performer in the Chicago area who often lectures on women's issues, art, and literature. In 2000 Badikian was selected as one of the One-Hundred Women Who Make a Difference in Chicago by Today's Woman magazine.

Here's a quick rundown of the workshops that will be held. But make sure you visit the website for the majority of the details, as there will be plenty of excursions and events to attend as well!

Workshops by Katharine Sands:

You will learn:

Up-to-the-minute tools to organize your thoughts and plan all aspects of your writing and book projects.

Methods of Instruction:
▸ Lectures and Exercises: In-Class Review of Writing, Projects, Query Letters, Proposals and Agreement(s).


Introduction to all of the possibilities for your writing to succeed in the new media and literary marketplace. The workshop will provide perspectives on how the Internet is reinventing the writer in the rapidly changing media world. Sessions will spur discussion on how to effectively work with new tools and practices as well as the creative aspects.


Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop 2012
Two workshops to cut through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU and an editor to say YES .. .and the many ways to create a writing career in today's literary market. Whether you are incubating a concept or already writing a book learn tips on:
  • Practicing PitchCraft 
  • First Writes to Last Rights: the creative process, the submissions process, The acquisitions process. 


The wonderful world of promotion and publicity, including how to: get the word out.

Workshops by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler:

Workshop #01
SEE THE WORLD; WRITE THE STORY: Crafting the travel essay.

Workshop #02
I WRITE; THEREFORE, I AM: The personal/memoir essay.

Workshop #03

Workshop #04
SHORT-SHORTS: The art of minimalist writing.

Want to learn more? All the links on the retreat website are right here:

About Our Host | About Our 2013 Instructors | Workshops | When, Where, What & How | Accommodation |Events & Excursions | Testimonials | How to Get Here | Register Now! | Contact & Questions | Ithaca Inspires

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Have you ever been on a writer's retreat? What was the best thing about it?


  1. Terrible, yes. But also hilarious.

  2. Stinker.

    I want to come sooo bad! Stupid trip home to see the family, why do you have to ruin my writing plans?

  3. Way to reel us in!
    Your retreat is really growing. Imagine where it's going to be in just five years.
    And no, I've never been to one.

  4. You Go girl! Having Katherine Sands is HUGE! I've pitched to her twice, she's a fab, savvy agent. Keep us posted on all the details.

  5. Oh dude, this is awesome. And I'm so envious of all who will be attending!

    Maybe I should add this to my bucket list. ;)

  6. Oh my! Ohhhhh myyyyyyyyyy! Dang, want.

  7. I haven't been on a writer's retreat but am looking forward to the combination of having the $ and time to attend one :-)

    Sounds like this is going to be great for those who make it :-)

  8. No, I've never been to a writer's retreat, and one with history in its location would be great. Not in my future right now though, sigh.

    You lured me too with that line. . . good hook. Good luck, it will be great, and it sounds like you've got a great start with those two speakers!

  9. That's a huge retreat! Sounds extremely educational, though. And fun, too. :-)

  10. Hi Jess .. that's brilliant news - and you had such a fabulous time last year .. with lots of fun participants and I'm sure some serious results thereafter ... a writer's retreat in Ithaca would be just up my street - perhaps next year ...

    Good luck with everything - sounds a great opportunity .. cheers Hilary

  11. Okay, so you had me fooled. Sounds like a great retreat! You do just about everything! Amazing.

  12. HA! Nice opener. ;)

    Glad you're hosting the retreat again--sounds like a great program!

  13. good for you! Homer is still mystical to me. i really should go on one of these writer's retreats before it's too late...i want to, but i'm shy...but i really do need a vacation...

  14. Sweet! Now if only I was going to Greece this year. Sounds like a great retreat, even though I'm not a retreat type person.

    And very sneaky with the post title. lol

  15. I would love to go on that retreat. You have a great lineup.

    Jessica, I'm sorry I missed your stop in my list. I had it written down, just forgot to include it. I have it listed now.


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