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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

April 9-10, 2021 Nashville, TN
June 4-5, 2021 Grand Rapids, MI
July 9-10, 2021 Atlanta, GA
August 6-7, 2021 Minneapolis, MN
September 10-11, 2021 Phoenix, AZ
October 1-2, 2021 Nashville, TN
November 12-13, 2021 Orlando, FL

April 1-2, 2022 Nashville, TN
June 3-4, 2022 Grand Rapids, MI
July 8-9, 2022 Atlanta, GA
August 5-6, 2022 Minneapolis, MN
September 9-10, 2022 Phoenix, AZ
October 14-15, 2022 Nashville, TN
November 4-5, 2022 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


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

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.

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.

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.

You can register through the mail, email:, or by phone: 800-21-Write (800-219-7483)

Nashville, TN, Mentoring Retreat
April 9-10, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)
October 1-2, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)



Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mentoring Retreat
June 4-5, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)




Atlanta, Georgia, Mentoring Retreat
July 9-10, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)



Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mentoring Retreat
August 6-7, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)



Phoenix, Arizona, mentoring retreat
September 10-11, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)



Orlando, Florida, Mentoring Retreat
November 12-13, 2021 (Friday & Saturday)



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