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The Authors of The Plot Whisperer and Make a Scene are thrilled to invite you to their unique retreats and intensives.

Writer Retreat May 6 - May 8, 2016         Renewal Retreat Dec. 12, 2015

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Writing Retreat

Writing Retreat

From Friday May 6th, to Sunday May 8th, 2016, join Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld on an all-inclusive weekend retreat, drawing on their forthcoming book from Writer's Digest:
WRITING DEEP SCENES: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme.


Your story is waiting to be revealed; we'll help you find its perfect design while also nourishing your spirit and body.Over the course of the weekend you’ll learn how to identify and write the key markers of your plot to design a page-turning story, identify and play with crucial scene types, and follow your protagonist's journey scene by scene by layering the three key elements of all great fiction: Action, Emotion & Theme.


You’ll be deep in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains at the Mount Madonna Center, surrounded by forest, woodland creatures, beautiful open vistas and the necessary silence to help you replenish. You can take advantage of on-site yoga and massage at your leisure, as well. Whether revising or beginning a new project, you’ll emerge with a mastery of your plot, a scene tracker, and a calm, quiet, nourished soul.




Who should register for this retreat?

- Writers with an existing plot and manuscript
- Writers with an idea for a new plot not yet written
- Writers grappling with changes to a plot
- Writers in need of better plot design
- Writers at the beginning of their writing journey
- Writers who are seeking to publish their work
- Writers who need help improving upon their scenes
- Writers who would like to learn to add tension and texture to their scenes
- Writers who wish to understand the intricate relationship between plot & scene

Register for the Writers Retreat May 6 - May 8, 2016

CONTACT US: writerpathmj[at]gmail.com


Food & Lodging

Mount Madonna Center in Northern California awaits you!


Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California.


During your time with us at the Mt. Madonna Center, you can take advantage of their amazing facilities: walking trails, yoga classes, on-site massage therapists (appointments necessary), a meditation room, gift shop and café.


Food and lodging are included in your registration fees. Remmber: Lodging options are first come, first served. Please note that all meals are vegetarian. Hot tea and instant coffee available 24 hours a day, and regular coffee is available in the cafe. Accommodations can be made for food sensitivities and allergies with enough advance notice.  Guest towels are not provided.

About Mt. Madonna Center:



  *Schedule is approximate. Subject to change



Friday, May 6, 2016
(We recommend arriving earlier to avoid Friday traffic)

5:30 - 6:30 PM

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Group Session



Saturday, May 7th, 2016

8:30 - 10AM
Breakout sessions

10 - 11AM

11:15 - 1:15
Breakout Sessions

1:00 PM

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Practicum & Guided Walk

3:30 - 4:15 PM
Group session

4:15 - 5:00 PM
Breakout Session

5:00 - 6:00 PM

6:30 - 7:15 PM
Breakout Session


Sunday, May 8th, 2016

8:30 - 9:30 AM

10:00 - Noon
Group session






Friday,  May 6th to Sunday, May 8th 2016



The Authors


ma_portMartha Alderson

Martha Alderson, aka the Plot Whisperer, has been exploring and writing about the Universal Story for the past twenty years as part of the plot support she offers to writers. More recently, she has expanded her work to include helping writers transform their creative lives. Martha is also the author of the Plot Whisperer series writing resources for authors,  and several ebooks on plot:


The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts:
Easy Exercises to Get You Writing


The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises
to Help You Create Compelling Stories


Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
(A companion workbook to The Plot Whisperer, Adams
Media, a division of F + W Media)


As the founder of  International Plot Writing Month in December, better known as PlotWriMo, Martha also manages the award-winning blog for writers: The Plot Whisperer which has been awarded honors as a top writing advice blog by Writers Digest (2009-2013).

She leads transformational workshops for people privately as well as teaches plot workshops to novelists, memoirists, and screenwriters privately,at plot retreats, through RWA, SCBWI, CWC chapter meetings,Writer’s Digest, The Writers Store and at writers' conferences where she takes writers beyond the words and into the very heart of a story.

She is currently filming 2 new video programs: The 27-Step Tutorial: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay? and A Spiritual Guide for Writers: Secrets of Personal Transformation.

Follow her on social media:
Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan is author of the novels Forged in Grace, and Night Oracle, as well the writing guides:

- A Writer's Guide to Persistence


-Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story
One Scene at a Time


-Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life
(with Rebecca Lawton)


And the forthcoming: Writing Deep Scenes
(with Martha Alderson)

Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in such publications as AlterNet, Bustle, Creative Live, Family Fun, Modern Loss, Mom.me, The New York Times, Paste, Purple Clover, ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, The Rumpus, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Weeklings, Writer’s Digest magazine and many more.Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

A former Petaluman, she created and hosted the LiveWire Literary Salon at Zebulon’s lounge which hosted readings
for several years, and Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, a radio program interviewing well-known writers
such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others on KRCB, which won an NEA Chairman’s grant in 2004.

She now lives among the garlic and the mushrooms in the south bay with her husband, son, and their cats.


Follow her on social media:
Twitter | Facebook

Renewal Retreat


What do you want in life?
What is holding you back? What would you do to get it? What will help you stay persistent on your journey? We’ll explore these questions and their answers during this day-long transformational workshop.

Villa Maria Del Mar

Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld seek to help you listen to the universal story that speaks through all of us, to help you identify patterns that may have you blocked, and free up energy and commitment toward your passion and purpose. Come as you are, with a goal and a willingness to shift.  

This retreat is for anyone who:

·  needs support on the journey to a goal

·   is ready to take a passion off the back-burner

·   Is ready for change

·   wants to break old patterns

·  seeks to fulfill a long-held dream

·  is in a life transition


Have questions? Message us HERE.


The Renewal Retreat will be held at beautiful Villa Maria Del Mar in Santa Cruz, CA. Get directions here. twp02