Mentoring

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Mentoring Retreats

ACW’s mentoring retreats feature more than twelve hours of small group and private manuscript consultation work; professional editing and critiquing of your manuscript during the retreat; teaching on how to evaluate, copyedit, and proofread manuscripts; plus the rewriting of your manuscript several times.

This is a rare opportunity to have your own mentor/instructor. Only four to six students with each teacher. Personal attention and free consultations. Critiquing and rewriting of your manuscript. Learn how to think like an editor.

A hands-on writing experience. Ideal for the struggling writer.

Dates, Cities and Mentors

2017
April 21-22, 2017 Nashville, TN
June 9-10, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI
July 7-8, 2017 Atlanta, GA
August 4-5, 2017 Minneapolis, MN
September 8-9, 2017 Phoenix, AZ
October 13-14, 2017 Nashville, TN
November 17-18, 2017 Orlando, FL

2018
April 20-21, 2018 Nashville, TN
June 8-9, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI
July 6-7, 2018 Atlanta, GA
August 3-4, 2018 Minneapolis, MN
September 7-8, 2018 Phoenix, AZ
October 12-13, 2018 Nashville, TN
November 16-17, 2018 Orlando. FL

Mentoring groups include
• Article Writing
• Children’s Writing
• Devotional Writing
• Nonfiction Book Writing
• Writing For Youth
• Fiction Book Writing and more!

What those in attendance have said:

“My mentor helped me greatly at the ACW writers’ retreat in Nashville and went over my manuscript with an eagle’s eye. Subsequently, my book Light in the Night was published and is now on sale nationwide.” Rev. Lud Golz, Ohio

“The ACW writers’ retreat was a great time of fellowship and learning. Within a year after the retreat, my book, Keeping His Pants On . . . Until He Gets Home was published by ACW Press and I starting appearing on TV talk shows in several major cities. I now speak at women’s retreats and conferences across the country.” Joyce Oglesby, Indiana

The friends I made at the ACW writers’ retreat have stayed close to me ever since, and we’ve encouraged each other in our writing careers. It’s a marvelous experience of learning, sharing, growing, and maturing as writers.” Betsy Kalman, South Carolina

Schedule

Friday
Registration and bookstore is open at 8 AM
Retreat officially begins at 9 AM
Lunch is served at 12:30 PM
Dinner is served at 6 PM
The day concludes around 9:30 PM

Saturday
Bookstore opens at 8 AM
First meeting is at 9 AM
Lunch is served at 12:30 PM
Private Consultations at various times
Retreat concludes around 5 PM

Conference Fee
$449 if paid prior to 30 days before the event
$499 if paid after 30 days before the event
The retreat fee also includes coffee at breaks, lunch both days and the Friday dinner. Other meals are at your own expense. You may bring a spouse or friend to the Friday dinner ($25) and/or to lunches ($20 each day).

Discounted retreat fee You pay a lower fee if you register 30 days prior to the event. The retreat fee includes all sessions, coffee breaks, Friday and Saturday lunch, Friday night dinner and private consultations.

Cancellations
We refund the full tuition except $50 administration fee if we are notified up to seven days prior to the conference. After that point no refunds are given.

For serious writers only
Because of the intense nature of the event we offer no scholarships, single-day participation, or discount for skipping meals. The tuition does not include transportation, accommodation or breakfast.

Book sales
Books of interest to writers will be on sale. You may bring your books to sell in the bookstore for a 20% fee.

Bring a manuscript
Bring seven copies of the first five pages of a manuscript. You will need a laptop computer to complete the assignments.

Procedure
When you registration indicate the genre (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, article) of your manuscript. That will help us select the best mentor/instructor for you. Four to six weeks before the event we will inform you who your mentor will be. Please arrange your travel only after you have been assigned. If you are in a group too small (three or less) your payment will be returned.

Registration
You can register through the mail, email: ACWriters@aol.com, or by phone: 800-21-Write (800-219-7483)

Nashville, TN, Mentoring Retreat
April 21-22, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)
October 13-14, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Location
Guest House at Opryland
2420 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 885-4030
Sleeping Room Block: $84 for one or two people

Faculty
Dennis Hensley: Author, speaker, head of Taylor University’s Professional Writing Program
Lin Johnson: Author, editor of The Christian Communicator
Holly Miller: Author, contributing editor of The Saturday Evening Post
Reg Forder: Director of American Christian Writers


Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mentoring Retreat
June 9-10, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Location
Ramada Plaza Hotel
3333 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 949-9222
Sleeping Room Block: $81 for one or two people

Faculty

Shelly Beach: Author, speaker, PTSD expert
James Watkins: Award-winning author and editor, professor Taylor University
Reg Forder: Director of American Christian Writers


Atlanta, Georgia, Mentoring Retreat
July 7-8, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Location
Hotel Indigo
1776 Harvard Avenue (I-85 Exit Virginia)
College Park, Georgia 30337
(404) 767-8881
Sleeping Room Block: $79 for one or two people

Faculty
Lin Johnson: Author, editor of The Christian Communicator
Holly Miller: Author, contributing editor of The Saturday Evening Post
Reg-Forder: Director of American Christian Writer


Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mentoring Retreat
August 4-5, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Location
Country Inn East St. Paul
6003 Hudson Road
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 739-7300
Sleeping Room Block: $79 for one or two people
(I-94 exit #247 Century Avenue)

Faculty
Lin Johnson: Author, editor of The Christian Communicator
Dennis E. Hensley: Author, chair of Professional Writing program at Taylor University
Reg Forder: Director of American Christian Writers


Phoenix, Arizona, mentoring retreat
September 8-9, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Location
Clarion Airport Hotel
5121 East La Puente Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(480) 893-3900
Sleeping Room Block: $79 for one or two people

Faculty
Dennis Hensley: Author, chair of Professional Writing at Taylor University
Lin Johnson: Author, editor of the Christian Communicator
Reg Forder: Director of American Christian Writers


Orlando, Florida, Mentoring Retreat
November 17-18, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)

Location
Ramada Plaza Hotel
7470 Highway 192 West (Two Miles West of I-4)
Kissimmee, Florido 34747
(407) 396-4400
Sleeping Room Block: $65 for one or two people

Faculty
Lin Johnson: Author, editor of the Christian Communicator
Reg Forder: Director of American Christian Writers


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