IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regretfully made the decision to cancel the 2020 Author Retreat in May of this year. The health and wellness of our authors is our top priority, and we are extremely disappointed that our event has been impacted like so many others.

Save the Date for the 2020 Author Retreat!

You’re invited to join your fellow She Writes Press, SparkPress and SheBooks authors at our third all-female author retreat in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 14-17, 2020. This multi-day community-building and educational event is dedicated to growing your skills as writers and celebrating our author community. Regardless of where you are in your publishing journey, this retreat is for you.

What is the Author Retreat?

This all-female event is hosted especially for our She Writes Press, SparkPress and SheBooks authors. The Author Retreat is a weekend of education and inspiration featuring panels and workshops led by industry insiders, publishing experts and authors. There is a blend of structured conference activity and plenty of downtime to enjoy the resort and recharge with your fellow authors.

What is the Author Retreat?

This all-female event is hosted especially for our She Writes Press, SparkPress and SheBooks authors. The Author Retreat is a weekend of education and inspiration featuring panels and workshops led by industry insiders, publishing experts and authors. There is a blend of structured conference activity and plenty of downtime to enjoy the resort and recharge with your fellow authors.

Introducing Our Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Weiner

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. A 2014 New Yorker profile called Jen an “unlikely feminist enforcer” and celebrated her “lively public discussion about the reception and consumption of fiction written by women.” Jen uses her social media platform to encourage women’s voices, self-esteem, and body positivity.

Exciting New Programming this Year

In addition to incorporating many of our most popular sessions in the retreat, we’re rolling out exciting new programming this year including:

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Retreat Pricing

*Price includes all retreat programming, event meals and refreshments, keynote dinner and speech tickets and accommodations. Airfare is not included and is the sole responsibility of the author. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Single Room Rate

$2,200

Shared Room Rate

$2,000
  • Per Person

How Pricing Works

ABOUT SHARED ROOM RATES

For the first time ever, we’re offering a “shared room rate” meaning you and a fellow author will share a double-occupancy room with two queen beds. We will not be pairing up guests. If you would like to do a shared room, please connect with another author first. Then, register to save your spot and your roommate will do the same. If for any reason your roommate ends up not registering or attending the retreat, you are responsible for paying the difference to upgrade your registration to a single room rate.

RETURNING AUTHOR DISCOUNT

We’re so grateful for the support you’ve shown our Author Retreat through the years. If you attended either of our previous author retreats in 2016 and 2018, you’re eligible to save an additional $100 off your total registration. Please email gloria@sparkpointstudio.com to receive your code.

All deposits and registration fees are non-refundable.

We can’t wait to see you at the retreat!

*Price includes all retreat programming, event meals and refreshments, keynote dinner and speech tickets and accommodations. Airfare is not included and is the sole responsibility of the author. Registration fees are non-refundable.

What Authors Say About Our Retreats

This was definitely the best author retreat I’ve attended. The openness of the speakers and the feeling of community among the authors was unbeatable. Thank you so much for a fabulous experience!

Exceeded my expectations in every way. Can’t wait for next one!

I can’t say enough. Professional, class, beyond my expectations

This retreat exceeded my expectations in all areas…I have made connections and friends from which I will benefit the rest of my career.

Fabulous resort!

Fantastic all the way around!

Way more luxurious than I expected for a writers’ retreat!

Every detail was seen to. I never felt confused or lost.

It was amazing to hear my sisters read their work!

There has never been an author retreat like this one! We are trailblazers one and all.

This was the best retreat I have ever attended.

Better than anything I’ve attended before including the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, which I’ve attended for the last 4 years.

Have been to MANY workshops, retreat, conventions, meetings, in USA and Europe. This one was terrific.

Awesome and excellent and ALL speakers were impressive – so measured up over the top.

The attention to detail blew my mind.

This was the best and most professionally run writer conference ever! I really felt appreciated and well taken care of and I feel I learned a lot and come home energized.

I thought everything was first rate. I’ve been to several writing residencies and this is the first one that I didn’t feel the shadow of competition hanging over it.

I’ve never attended anything like this. I loved the professionalism and design of the event. I felt valued. I love your philosophy of openness and your willingness to let us meet and talk to other authors.

Where is the Author Retreat?

Nestled at the base of the iconic Camelback Mountain, the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn was Scottsdale first resort and is still its most distinctive. With the perfect blend of luxury and comfort, the Inn is surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Retreat Schedule

The following schedule is meant to give you an idea of the type of programming our authors have enjoyed in the past and is subject to change as we finalize our programming.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

Cocktail Mixer + Reception

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Breakfast and Welcome by Crystal Patriarche, CEO

State of the Press address by Brooke Warner, Publisher

Morning Panels

Lunch

Afternoon Panels

Author Marketplace

JUST ADDED

Keynote Address by Jennifer Weiner + Dinner

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Breakfast

JUST ADDED

Jennifer Weiner in conversation with Brooke Warner

Lunch

Afternoon Breakouts

Dinner at Your Leisure

Campfire Readings

SUNDAY, MAY 17

Breakfast + Departures

Don’t Forget to Pack These Essentials!

  • Relaxed clothing and comfortable shoes

  • Your favorite notebook and pen to jot down our panelists’ words of wisdom

  • Your elevator pitch/sales hook to share your story

  • Business cards or bookmarks to swap with other authors

  • Laptop + Charger – you never know when writing inspiration will strike!

  • Warm weather gear – sunscreen, hats, swimsuits to enjoy beautiful sunny AZ!

  • An open mind – we want to create a respectful, safe space for sharing

Photos from Our 2018 Retreat