The Writer’s Sanctuary: Make Your Own Magic!
Crafting the Career of Your Dreams

What does your writing career look like right now? Is it the dream you always wanted (swoon!)? Are you still waiting for your happily-ever-after (sigh)? Or maybe you’ve experienced both but are worried whether your future books will even be invited back to the ball? Whether multi-published or new to writing, authors often find themselves living with the uncomfortable sense that they’re still trying to find, earn, or keep their place in the publishing world. And at some point, that constant striving dims our creativity. But what if you had a magic wand that gave YOU control over things? What would you change? Because the truth is - you have far more control than you imagine. So here’s your invitation to GRAB THE MAGIC and make it your own. Let us help you break from the busyness and take a deep breath as we dive in to honestly assess (1) where your career is at, (2) where you need it to be, (3) what is and isn’t working (and why), and to (4) help you craft a unique-to-you plan to get it there. Come spend 4 days soaking in a magical educational, writing, and brainstorming experience that’s focused on revolutionizing your writing career and equipping you with tools for less striving and more long-term success. Join bestselling authors C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber for a gorgeous California coastal getaway at the “Make Your Own Magic” Retreat - to explore what you need, personally and professionally, to find career joy for the long haul. Now’s the time to treat yourself and give your career - and heart - the happily-ever-laughter support it’s just maybe been missing.

Speakers: C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber

C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwart’s. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries.

Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of six books, including the Storm Siren Trilogy, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series, and the March 2019 education-power release, To Best the Boys. In her spare time, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in a mobile home in California, which is perfect for stalking aging superstars while wearing fannypacks and sweatpants. Aside from her stories, Mary’s written for The Huffington Post and Hallmark, as well as a fun interview in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling CRESS. To join in on her latest shenanigans or get writing and marketing tips, visit her Newsletter @ MaryWeber.com {She's also on Instagram: @maryweberauthor & Facebook: MaryWeber, Author}

🌟Eep!! We have a FUN ANNOUNCEMENT!!🌟
If you’re attending (or thinking of attending) this spring’s Writing Retreat - WE HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOUUU!!!
Every year at our SPRING RETREAT we bring in a surprise guest - and this year WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING YOU Literary Agent extraordinaire, HOLLY ROOT, owner of Root Literary!!
At next month’s “Make Your Own Magic” Retreat, Holly will be visiting and teaching Thursday, May 9th - and we can’t wait for you to meet her!!!
If you’re already signed up to attend - you’re already in on this exclusive access. If you’re not, here’s your chance to meet, listen, & learn in a small private setting from one of the industry’s leading agents who reps such authors as V.E. Schwab, Rae Carson, CJ Redwine, and many more!
And we know you’re going to love her!!!!

Dates: May 8-11, 2019

60 tickets available

Location: Cambria Pines Lodge http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/

The gorgeous Cambria Pines Bed & Breakfast is nestled along California’s scenic Highway 1 just below Big Sur and in the heart of wine country. Located minutes from the beach, you can explore everything from their lush gardens, to beautiful ocean boardwalks, to the elegant Hearst Castle and rambunctious elephant seals, as well as local shops and eateries.

Location highlights:
- Bed & breakfast
- 10 min from beach
- Heart of wine country
- Hearst castle
- Boardwalk at the beach
(The closest airport is in San Luis Obispo)

Price: $330 EarlyBird price per ticket, includes access to all retreat programming (price is $399 after March 30th) 

Cancellation: $30 cancellation fee up until March 30th. No refunds issued after that.

REGISTRATION: Please use the Paypal button on the sidebar to register for the Make Your Own Magic retreat AND fill out the Google form at the bottom of this page.

Career & Brand Mentorship appointments: $35/each, limit 1 per person. During these 20 minute appointments, you’ll meet with Mary & C.J. together to fine tune or brainstorm career goals, your brand, social media, plot ideas, or anything else writing/publishing related. (1 week before the retreat you’ll need to submit: all your social media links, follower counts, website url, your “brand” (if you’ve developed one), titles of books published (if applicable), short statement on your writing & career history as well as your hopes for your future, a few short sentences telling us what you’d like help with during the appointment (ex: brainstorm career dreams, develop or dial in your brand, marketing platform assistance, brainstorm plot ideas, etc. // Note - we understand that this may change after the workshops and that’s fine)


There are 2 ways to secure your room: Call the Lodge’s toll-free reservation number at (800) 966-6490 (and give them the code WUR# for the discounted room price), or click here (https://reservations.travelclick.com/104234?groupID=2487152), then:
- Click on “Select & Go To The Next Step”
- Select the desired dates (May 8-11)
- Select “Update Dates of Stay”
- Select a room type that fits your budget and click “Book Now”
- Be sure the code WUR# is entered at the bottom

Room prices start at:

$127 for standard rooms, king or two queen beds

$160 superior room cottages

$211 large suites (can sleep six; has three beds)

$245 for deluxe cottages, with and without spa tub, for those that want to splurge

Rates are based on double occupancy ($15 extra person charge)
All rooms include a full breakfast buffet


*All activities take place in the Peacock Room


7 p.m. Icebreaker Activity (What’s Your Writer Personality Type? Let’s take a test!)


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Reinventing Your Magic:  Do you know what specific things are working for you in your writing career - and, just as importantly, what things aren’t? Do you wish some skills came easier for you in the writing, marketing, or business side of publishing - or maybe you often think, “I know I could just be more productive if ______”? In this class, Mary will dive into an array of personality types and how understanding yours can completely reinvent the way you think, create, and set yourself up for continual success. Because the “normal” ways of doing things may actually be hindering your BEST way. We’ll cover everything from individual needs, roadblocks, the umbrella of burnout (& how to recover), and beneficial writing and marketing styles based upon your personality. Basically, let’s explore WHY you do what you do - and then let’s make that internal magic work for you!

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Writing Sprints / Career & Brand Mentorship Appointments

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How to Write What You Love (& Get Paid For It): Do you feel like your stories are missing that spark of magic that turns an ordinary book into one readers reach for again and again? Would you like to learn how to create a signature voice for your stories that will move your readers to place you on their auto-buy list? Join C.J. in exploring what things make YOU unique and how to infuse your stories with your own brand of magic. C.J. will walk you through creating a wheelhouse of things specific to your own tastes and then teach you how to use that to write stories you love that will draw readers who love them too.

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Instagram Night! The 5 Most Powerful Ways to Make Instagram Work for You. We’re back after last year’s popular IG class with this year’s hottest trends, tips, algorithm secrets, stories & IGTV answers, nuts & bolts of pic taking, cooperative marketing & influencers, best apps, and more! Learn how to maximize your Instagram account, increase your follower/interaction stats, and take your photos to the next level. And, of course, we’ll provide props for you to practice with among the gorgeous gardens of the Cambria Pines Lodge!


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Building a Brand (Creating a Platform for your Long Term Career): Do you struggle with the idea of building a cohesive brand across multiple platforms? Do you wish you had a road map of simple steps to follow in creating a memorable, accessible message that would attract readers predisposed to buy your books? C.J. will share 11 simple steps to building an effective brand and then walk you through multiple ideas for building your own unique messaging. You’ll leave excited, energized, and confident!

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Writing Sprints / Career & Brand Mentorship Appointments

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Prestige! Creating a Magical Proposal Package from Beginning to End: Do you love crafting queries, proposals, and one sheets - or do you weep baby dragon tears at the thought of them? Let Mary walk you step by step through the process of creating a completely magical proposal package (query, synopsis, full publishing proposal, movie/TV one sheet, etc) that’s gorgeous and effective. Your time, energy, and career will thank you!

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Creative Wheelhouse Writing Sprint! Now to practice! In this riot of a class, we’ll pull out all the stops on creativity and let you dive headfirst into creating a wild draft of a story using your wheelhouse worksheet. Come prepared to write, laugh, and linger.


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Publishing Q&A: Bring your questions for Mary and C.J. to discuss! Craft, business, publishing, querying, marketing … if it’s writing-related, we’ll answer it!

Saturday afternoon: Optional Hearst Castle tour

The Writer’s Sanctuary Code of Conduct
The Writer’s Sanctuary Retreat and The Writer’s Sanctuary are dedicated to an experience that is free from discrimination and harassment for every person. We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding discrimination and harassment in any form toward any of our participants, at our retreats and in the online and in-person forums. This includes unwelcome and inappropriate sexual, racist, bigoted, or  threatening comments or attention, touching, stalking, photographs, intimidation, or coercion - or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, political affiliation, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, disability, or age. Any retreat participants who violate this code may be sanctioned or expelled immediately without refund. If you are the victim of harassment or should a complaint arise at this event, please contact our staff at thewriterssanctuary2@gmail.com.

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