Monday’s are a day I start getting my thoughts together for the remainder of the week. I have a lot running through my brain today, but I wanted to stop and talk to you all about a couple of things.
When we have an author close by us, we usually try to get their book launch. That’s what we did this weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed Heather Greer’s Book Launch for Faith’s Journey. We met her family and a lot of her friends. This was the biggest book launch we’ve been to, and it was such a good way to give Heather the boost she needed as a new author. I rarely meet someone that says, “I read your blog,” but that happened Saturday. Thanks Brenda Gates for talking to me. I enjoyed meeting you so much.
Besides book launches, my writers group is working on a retreat. It’s really a writing conference, but we like for it to be relaxed and enjoyable for everyone. This will be our sixth year of retreats and we have had so much fun. Last year we wanted to invite others to have fun with us, so we opened it up to the writing public. On June 11, 2018 the fun begins. We start our retreat off with a barbecue. We have a chance to get to know everyone, eat good barbecue, and have some fun. Last year Mantle Rock Publishing LLC gave an award to our best selling author, Jacqueline Wheelock. This year KenTen Writers Group will be giving a writing award for The Sandra Robbins Inspirational Award. Sandra, Susan Page Davis, and myself got this group going back in 2010. We started with three and now we’re having a retreat. Sandra passed away in January 2018 and we are honoring her memory by having a writing contest in her name. She was a great inspiration to every author she met. You do have to be an attendee to enter the contest, and it is for both published and non-published authors.
Tuesday morning, June 12, we will begin our classes. Patricia Bradley will be one speaker along with Linda Fulkerson, Shannon Vannatter, Patrick Carr, Susan Page Davis, Virginia Vaughan, Diane T. Ashley, Sherri Wilson Johnson, and myself. We are having a variety of classes from overcoming writers block, Scrivener, fantasy writing, marketing, and a lot more. Anything you need will probably be presented.
What makes our retreat different from others is the brain storming sessions we have and a play. Yes, a play. This year it’s “Mulligan’s Island.” KenTen Writers will be performing, if you can call it that, and the audience will try to find the villain. This is always so much fun. Everyone can ask questions and take notes to find the killer.
The retreat will be at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN, which is west of Nashville, TN. The retreats ends on either Wednesday night or Thursday morning, which ever is more convenient for you. Last year most of us stayed around for a goodbye breakfast. The park has reduced the price of rooms for us, but you have to mention you’re with KenTen Writers Retreat. If you have special needs, tell them when you register and they will try to get you on the same floor as the conference. The room reservation discount will only be through April 1.
The registration fee is $80 which includes lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday. We will also increase the registration fee to $90 on April 1.
Our space is limited to forty guests. KenTen Writers Group decided in the beginning that we wanted to keep this small. When we receive forty, we will not accept anyone else.
To get all the information on the retreat and the writing contest go to http://kentenwriters.org and click on 2018 Retreat and 2018 KenTen Sandra Robbins Inspiration Writers Award. You can also find the schedule of the retreat there. We hope to see you in June.