Friday May 6, to Sunday May 8, 2016
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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
CONTACT US: writerpathmj[at]gmail.com
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
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
8:30 - 10AM
10 - 11AM
11:15 - 1:15
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Practicum & Guided Walk
3:30 - 4:15 PM
4:15 - 5:00 PM
5:00 - 6:00 PM
6:30 - 7:15 PM
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.
-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.