Live in San Francisco | Feb 17-19, 2023
Autumn M. Birt
1 finished story
(and 40 new friends to help you promote it)
Arrival & Welcome
We’ll jump straight into worldbuilding by creating the setting for our short stories as a group lesson.
Worldbuild 5 Elements
We’ll deep dive further into worldbuilding by creating five elements each short story must contain.
How to Write an Exciting Story
We shift gears by delving into the aspects that make an exciting story with lessons on plotting.
By following our steps of character creation, we develop one character that must appear in your short story.
How to Write Strong Chapters
We start the day with a writing lesson on what goes into outlining a great chapter.
Writing Break & Coaching
We take our first official writing break. Either jump into your short story or schedule some coaching time.
What is Deep POV?
After a quick update on progress, we delve into POV with tips on how to write in Deep POV (and what that exactly is!).
Walk & Talk
Pair up with a new writing buddy to discuss obstacles, brainstorm, and get excited.
Round Table Discussion
What discoveries did the Walk & Talk bring? How is the writing going? It’s time to check in!
Let’s get inspired and see what we can learn in this pre-dinner adventure.
How to Avoid Info Dumping
After a morning check-in, we jump into a writing lesson on info dumping—what it is and techniques on how to avoid it.
Get back into your short story or schedule some coaching time.
A quick writing update leads into a chance to brainstorm, go for a Walk & Talk, or sequester yourself for more writing or coaching.
Reconvene and Short Story Discussion
Everyone gives an update on their writing and first drafts are collected for the short story compilation to be published after the weekend.
We have some fun, take photos, and give out some great gifts, of course!
How many authors will be at the event?
We want to keep this to a small enough group to make it cozy and personal. For this reason, we are limiting registration to no more than 40 authors. If you want to join, please reserve your spot as soon as possible for this exclusive weekend of writing, lessons, and coaching!
Who is this Getaway for?
This Getaway is for all writers who are interested in leveling up their skills. Whether you have published none of your stories or ten books, doesn’t matter. You’ll learn and develop in either case.
What if you aren’t a fantasy writer?
That’s ok! While there will be worldbuilding with 5 elements you must include in your short story, there is nothing keeping you from making the story more of a mystery, or romance, or criminal thriller. It’s up to you and your imagination.
Where is the Getaway being held?
The Writer’s Getaway will be held from February 17-19, 2023 in the San Francisco area. We will decide on the exact venue once we have 40 authors signed up. At this point, we will let registrants know the exact details.
It will be advisable that you book a room at the selected venue as soon as we have communicated where the Getaway is being held. This way, it’ll be easy to escape to your room when your introvert-self demands some alone time.
The aim is to select a location within an hour’s drive from the San Francisco airport, so use this airport when making travel arrangements, if needed.
What does the ticket price include?
The ticket price includes admission to all three days of the Getaway, including lessons and the opportunity to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the day.
Plus, you and the short story you write during the event will be featured in a compilation as well. We will cover the editing, cover, and publication.
What doesn't the ticket price include?
The price does not include travel, accomodation, or food beyond snacks and drinks during the day. If you have some favorite writerly snacks or dietary restrictions, please bring them along!
San Francisco is a vibrant city with a wealth of food options to enjoy. We are sure you’ll find something you’ll love to try.
What's your refund and cancellation policy?
While we can’t offer refunds for the event under any circumstance, we’ll–if possible–maintain a wait list and can pass along contact information. You may attempt to sell or transfer your ticket to someone else, but we do not process the transaction
If we do not meet the minimum attendance of 40 authors, or if for some reason we can’t host the event and it is cancelled, we will refund all participants money.
Feel free to help spread the word about the Getaway, the sooner we have 40 registered attendees, we can make venue reservations and confirm the Getaway is going ahead. Tell your author friends about it! Post on social media. It’ll all increase the likelihood of this happening.
Got a different question?
Send us a note through the contact form below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Reserve your spot now!
Writer’s Getaway Ticket
Accelerate your Writing Skills in 1 Weekend
3 Days of Classes
A Completed Story
Inclusion in Compilation