The Three R’s

You are going to just kick yourself if you don’t check out the amazing “Rediscover, Replenish Re-Vision” retreat the Arizona SCBWI is offering. And I’m not saying that just because I’ll be there, either! Editor Kendra Levin and I and the Arizona board are working hard to create an atmosphere to engender maximum creativity with minimum stress. Learn more here. But here’s a little information to whet your whistle:

SCBWI ARIZONA PRESENTS Rediscover, Replenish, Re-Vision

A Writers Retreat with a Holistic Approach ~ to help you thrive in your writing endeavors through a blending of craft and life coaching techniques that merge left brain with right brain, combine practical information with intuitive insight and mesh creativity with analytical elements.

Friday, May 20, 2011 – Sunday, May 22, 2011 At the Historic COD Ranch

Retreat Leaders

Kendra Levin Editor Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA Certified Writers Life Coach

Kirby Larson Award-winning Children’s Book Author Recipient of the 2007 Newbery Honor and the 2009 Christopher Award


An opportunity for writers of middle grade and young adult novels to escape the routines and demands of every day life and concentrate on nurturing and empowering their inner writer while reconnecting with their works-in-progress.

Retreat. Step into the peace and quiet of the secluded C.O.D. Ranch – where you will be nourished by inspiration, camaraderie, and professional guidance.

Learn how to cherish, encourage, and utilize the muse from first draft to polished manuscript. Sessions will focus on revision, character motivation, promise and premise, plotting, dialogue, and personal and project goal-setting.

Writers who are interested in this retreat will need to submit the first 5000 words (or the first 20 pages) of a professionally formatted work-in-progress and an addendum including the following: an abbreviated single spaced one paragraph synopsis, a brief summary of prior writing related experiences if applicable (i.e. published titles with publishers names and dates; conferences; workshops; classes; etc.) and a statement of what they hope to gain from this retreat.

ABOUT THE SETTING Overlooking the expanse of the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, the Historic COD Ranch is a natural haven to enjoy beautiful views overlooking 6,000 acres of the Galiuro Mountains and unbelievable evening starlit skies.

The COD Ranch is accessible by car from all parts of Arizona and neighboring states. Tucson International Airport is approximately 45 minutes and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is approximately 100 miles.

HOW TO REGISTER Registration includes all retreat activities, six delicious meals by the talented Chef David Raneri, and clean, comfortable shared lodging. Private lodging is available at an additional cost of $35.00

DON’T DELAY! Space is limited. A minimum number of registrations must be received by March 25th, 2011 or the event will be cancelled. No at the door registration. Registration will remain open until all slots are filled.

For more information contact: Michelle Parker-Rock or call 480 342-7045 .