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Upcoming:

April 8-10, 2016 “Crime and Punishment” Writers Retreat (Focus: Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense)

  • Comprehensive workshops on creating tension, character development, atmosphere and setting, red herrings, story structure and elements, creating a “villain,” series writing, and more
  • 1-1 critique session with Pamela on your 1st 50-pages
  • Dedicated time to write
  • Feedback and discussion about your work with other retreat participants
  • More information below. E-mail pamela at pamelahutchins dot com to reserve your spot.

October 7-9, 2016 “Just Do It” Writers Retreat (Focus: Finishing, Revising, and Doing It Again)

“A breakthrough weekend for me.” David Welling

“I learned an enormous amount of useful information in a short period. With the experience of allowing a fear of critique from other writers to twist me up inside only to discover it’s a rather painless, easy experience was a real eye opener for me.” Heidi Dorey

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“I went to this conference seeking ideas about outlining a novel in ways that wouldn’t stifle creativity and spontaneity. I got that and so much more. Best-selling, award-winning novelist, Pamela Fagan Hutchins shared wisdom and lessons learned about first drafts, revision, maintaining momentum through the dreaded middle of the plot, writing with efficiency and consistency, and so much more, all delivered with her trademark enthusiasm and energy, much of it in valuable one-on-one sessions. All that combined with group discussions and critiques with great writers and writing time with feedback made this a priceless learning experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate this conference a 12. ” Ken Oder

“I had a wonderful experience.” Felicia Little

Blogged at Cows, Camaraderie & Concentration |: “Thanks to Pamela and the talented writers who made the writing retreat helpful, productive and inspiring!  My revision process is changing!” Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Next Retreat:

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Spring April 8-10, 2016 “Crime and Punishment” Writers Retreat (Focus: Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense)

Are you ready to take your mystery/thriller/suspense writing to a new level? If so, join award-winning, best-selling mystery/suspense author Pamela Fagan Hutchins (and her goats, cows, dogs, and deer) in the Texas Hill Country—only 1.5 hours from Houston and Austin—for a weekend writer’s retreat focusing on the craft of crime writing.

About Pamela: Named one of Houston’s Top 10 Writers by The Houston Press, highly sought after speaker, a USA Best Book Award WINNER for her mystery Heaven to Betsy, Pamela has led critique circles, taught writing workshops, and provided manuscript critiques for years.  Now that she has moved to the perfect idyllic country setting, she has synthesized  these three activities as she furthers her passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship.

“Pamela Fagan Hutchins is truly at the top of her game when it comes to deciphering today’s book publishing industry. She managed to put the last piece of the publishing puzzle in place of a journey I started 10 years ago to have my own publishing house. The beauty of Pamela and Eric’s work is that it is going to save me untold time and money eliminating the “trial and error” method of marketing. ” Rita Mills,  Publisher

Group size limited to the first five writers to register. 

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Includes:

    • Comprehensive workshops on creating tension, character development, atmosphere and setting, red herrings, story structure and elements, creating a “villain,” series writing, and more
    • 1-1 critique session with Pamela on your 1st 50-pages
    • Dedicated time to write
    • Feedback and discussion about your work with other retreat participants
    • Wildfire season in Texas. Enjoy the bluebonnets and some peaceful time in the country with Pamela’s beautiful cow Dixie and white tail deer.

“By lunchtime on the second day, I knew this retreat was the best investment I could ever make for growing my career as an Indie author.  I arrived without a clue of how to market my books, and I left with a detailed, six-month action plan.  Pamela & Eric are so knowledgeable and generous and willing to share everything they can to empower other writers and publishers.  Plus they are fun and wonderful people!” F.E. Greene, author of The Never List (Loves Across Londons Book 1)

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Schedule

Starts Friday April 8, Noon.

Ends Sunday April 10, 3:00 PM.

Registrants will received detailed instructions and schedule in the two weeks prior to the retreat.

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Location

Address to be provided upon registration. For purposes of deciding whether to attend, map to Brenham, Texas. The closest airports are College Station, TX-Easterwood Airport and Austin, TX-Bergstrom Airport. Note: WE HAVE INSIDE DOGS. ALLERGY SUFFERERS COME PREPARED OR OPT OUT.

Felicia and Pamela

Meals

Meals and non-alcoholic drinks included. Breakfast and lunch will be buffet, dinner will be family style. In a small group, dietary accommodations can increase costs; we will be happy to accommodate you for an additional $25 for the weekend. Please specify your restrictions when you register. Writer-guests may bring alcohol if they wish. No smoking is permitted inside the house or Bookmobile.

Rules and Restrictions

Professional behavior is required at all times. Writer-guests will be responsible for damages.

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Registration

A variety of accommodation options are available. Each option (see below) includes the retreat and meals. Email pamela at pamelahutchins dot com by December 15th with your registration preference. Pamela will send you a Paypal invoice if you are one of the first four people. If you aren’t, you’ll hear back from her, and you’ll get first shot at a future retreat.

>>NOTE $100 discount per person for Houston Writers Guild members

  • Offsite Writer-Guest: $350 (or $250 for HWG members). See below for nearest B&Bs. There are also a ton of motels in Brenham, a half-hour away. Google is your friend. Additional guest in this room: $350 if attending retreat; $200 if not attending retreat. Is your partner coming, too? S/he is welcome to join us for meals (and can enjoy our walking trail and spa any time) for $150 for the weekend.
  • Onsite Single Room, Dedicated Bath: Queen-sized bed, dedicated bath. Note: this room is upstairs with no disabled access. $800 ($700 for HWG members). Additional guest in this room: $325 if attending retreat; $200 if not attending retreat.
  • Onsite Single Room, Shared Bath (2): Queen-sized bed, two rooms share one bath. $750 each ($650 for HWG members). Additional guest in this room: $300 if attending retreat; $200 if not attending retreat.
  • Onsite Accommodation in Pamela’s 24-foot Class C Motorhome, the book-touring “Bookmobile,” with its own refrigerator, shower/restroom (with a door!), and full power. $550 ($450 for HWG members). Additional guest(s) in this room: $275 if attending retreat; $200 if not attending retreat. 

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Closest Area B&Bs

The Front Porch, Carmine: http://roundtoplodging.com (5 minutes and only $95—come with friends, share space, and only an additional $25 for up to 6)

The Texas Tin Haus, Burton: http://www.texastinhaus.com/the-house.html (12 minutes)

Pecan Grove Inn, Carmine: http://www.pecangroveinn.com (15 minutes)

Sugar Hill Retreat B&B, Carmine: Phone: (979) 278-3039 (19 minutes)

Inn at Indian Creek, Burton: http://www.innatindiancreek.com (22 minutes)

Stonebrook Farm, Burton: http://www.stonebrookfarmbb.com (26 minutes)

Round Top Inn, Round Top: http://www.roundtopinn.com (27 minutes)

Ant Street Inn, Brenham: http://www.antstreetinn.com (1/2 hour)

Far View B&B, Brenham: http://farviewbedandbreakfast.com (1/2 hour)

There are a number of hotels in Brenham and Giddings, both 1/2 an hour from the retreat.

Questions? Ready to reserve your spot?

pamela at pamelahutchins dot com

Felicia at retreat

Past Events:

Winter “Publishing Success 2016”, January 8-10, 2016 SOLD OUT

Are you ready to rocket launch your publishing career? If so, join award-winning, best-selling hybrid traditional/independent author Pamela Fagan Hutchins (and her goats, cows, dogs, and deer) in the Texas Hill Country—only 1.5 hours from Houston and Austin—for a weekend writer’s retreat focusing on publishing and promotion strategy.

About Pamela: Named one of Houston’s Top 10 Writers by The Houston Press, highly sought after speaker, a USA Best Book Award WINNER in both Cross Genre Fiction and in Nonfiction, Pamela has led critique circles, taught writing workshops, and provided manuscript critiques for years.  Now that she has moved to the perfect idyllic country setting, she has synthesized  these three activities as she furthers her passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship.

Group size limited to the first five writers to register. 

Includes:

  • Comprehensive workshops on publishing and promotion strategy
  • 1-1 sessions with Pamela to brainstorm your strategies
  • Dedicated time to work on your own publishing/promotion plan/budget, or to write/revise if you prefer
  • Feedback and discussion about your strategies with other retreat participants
  • Post-retreat feedback on your publishing/promotion plan/budget from Pamela

Schedule

Starts: January 8, 2016 noon

Ends: January 10, 2016 3 pm

Summer “Beat the Heat Writing Retreat”, August 7-9, 2015 SOLD OUT

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It’s too dang hot to do anything else but lock yourself inside and write in Texas in August, so join award-winning, best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins (in air conditioned comfort!) in the Texas Hill Country—only 1.5 hours from Houston and Austin—for a two-day weekend writer’s retreat.

About Pamela: Named one of Houston’s Top 10 Writers by The Houston Press, highly sought after speaker, a USA Best Book Award winner in both Cross Genre Fiction and in Nonfiction, Pamela has led critique circles, taught writing workshops, and provided manuscript critiques for years.  Now that she has moved to the perfect idyllic country setting, she is synthesizing  these three activities as she furthers her passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship.

Group size limited to the first four writers to register. 

Includes:

  • A critique of the first 50 pages of your novel by Pamela
  • Mini-workshops on giving and receiving feedback, finishing your novel, deep novel revision, and more
  • Dedicated writing/revision time
  • Critique feedback from participants
  • Close-out feedback from Pamela on the revised first 10 pages of your novel
  • Relax in the giant “cool” spa or brave the heat to see the pond, goats, and cows on the walking trail (enjoy the wildflowers at the 2016 Spring Writers Retreat)

Schedule

Starts Friday August 7, Noon.

Ends Sunday August 9, 3:00 PM.

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