Missouri SCBWI Retreat

Looking for a writing event to get you going in 2011?  Consider the Missouri SCBWI Retreat for Pals Members.

When: March 25 to 27, 2011 at Trout Lodge in Potosi, Missouri.

Speakers: Jennifer Mattson (Andrea Brown Literary Agent) and Lynn Rubright (Creative Writer and Storyteller).

From the brochure:

Authors love to write. We all adore the excitement of a new idea and the thrill of exploring a new character. It’s the agony of editing that we hate.

With the help of agent, Jennifer Mattson and writer, Lynn Rubright you will learn how to face that monster called revision and dig deeper into your creative self.

You will spend a full weekend analyzing and revising your toughest project. At the beginning of the retreat, Jennifer Mattson will meet one-on-one with you to suggest revisions that will make your manuscript stronger. You will be given time to work on those changes and will meet again in a private session with Jennifer to review your work.

In addition to one-on-one sessions with Jennifer, you will be involved in workshop sessions designed to hone your writing craft and refresh your creative spirit. Lynn will lead creative sessions that will get ideas flowing and help you help you re-vision yourself as a writer. Jennifer will provide instruction on developing story arc and how to select a point of view for your manuscript.

You will also have the opportunity to work on additional projects in a peer critique groups and have time to network with fellow writers.

The retreat will be held at the lovely Trout Lodge YMCA in Potosi, Missouri.  This peaceful setting, beside a lake with tree-covered hills, is a wonderful inspiration for writing. All rooms have two double beds and their own bathroom. All meals and lodging are included in the cost of the retreat. Private rooms are not available for this retreat.

This retreat is limited to members of SCBWI who are on the PAL (published and listed) list.  To keep the retreat intimate, there will be only 16 participants. Please register early to reserve your spot. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Staff Bios

Jennifer Mattson: Jennifer comes to Andrea Brown Literary Agency after nearly five years of reviewing children’s literature as part of the Books for Youth staff of Booklist magazine. That adds up to close readings of around 1,000 books, lending Jennifer a wide-angle view of the tastes of individual houses.

Prior to Booklist, Jennifer was an Associate Editor at Dutton Children’s Books, where she acquired and edited titles that included CHICO, by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and The Heroic Adventures of Hercules Amsterdam, by Melissa Glenn Haber. (She also enjoyed an amusing turn on the other side of the desk as a coauthor of The Official Easy-Bake Cookbook).

In the picture-book arena, Jennifer is interested in authors and author-illustrators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work. For the older set, she is drawn to richly imagined fantasies that depart from old-hat heroic quests (alternate realities, magical realism, and steam-punk are all styles/premises to have recently caught her notice). She has a special interest in dystopian fiction for middle graders.

Lynn Rubright: Lynn is an internationally acclaimed storytelling artist, author and master educator. She is Professor Emeritus at Webster University where her graduate course, Story Telling Across the Curriculum has met with overwhelming response for over 30 years.

She is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s 2007 Oracle Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Regional Emmy for her work as producer on the documentary, Oh Freedom, After While. She is also the author of two award winning books; Beyond the Beanstalk, and Mama’s Window.

Registration: As a part of this retreat you will be asked to submit the first 15 pages of your novel or a full picture book manuscript. Information about submissions will be given to you with the e-mail confirmation of your registration.

Registration Form:

_______ Yes! I am a PAL* member of SCBWI (and yes, we do check!)

Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________

E-mail: _____________________________

Phone: ________________________________

________ enclosed is my check for $335.00 Cost of the retreat is $335.00.
This includes all sessions, overnight accommodations, and all meals.

Check payable to:
Missouri SCBWI

Mail check and form to:
Stephanie Bearce, 18 Quiet Brook Ct. St. Charles, MO 63303

You will receive e-mail confirmation of your registration and instructions for submitting your manuscript.

*PAL membership of the SCBWI means published and listed. To register yourself on PAL simply login to SCBWI and update your profile information. Only people on the PAL list will be accepted for participation in this retreat.

Questions? Contact smbearce@gmail.com

Tentative Schedule:


3:00 – Check In

4:00 – 4:30 Welcome, introductions etc. Ice Breaker Activities
4:30 – 5:30 Begin first round Critiques with Jennifer Mattson
4:30 – 5:30 Writing Get Acquainted Activity – Stephanie Bearce

6:00 – 7:00 Supper

7:15 – 9:00 Finish first Round Critiques with Jennifer
7:15 – 9:00 Mining You Memories Workshop – Lynn Rubright

9:00 – 10:30 Social Time


8:00- 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 Workshop – Jennifer Matteson
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Enhanced Creativity Workshop – Lynn Rubright

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 Writing and Revision Time

4:00 – 5:30 Workshop – Jennifer Mattson

6:00 – 7:00 Supper

7:30 – 9:00 Meet with Peer Critique Groups
7:30 – 9:00 Second round revision critiques with Jennifer Mattson

9:00 – 10:30 Social Time


8:00- 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:45 Workshop Session – Stephanie Bearce

9:00 – 10:45 Second round revision critiques with Jennifer Mattson

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Burning Questions and Closing – Jennifer and Lynn

12:00 Lunch – Dismiss Retreat

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