A: Writing in Paradise is a 5-day self-editing masterclass retreat, designed to kick-start the writer’s own editing process, to guide experienced writers wanting to take their written manuscripts to the next stage and increase their chance of publishing success.
Q: I’m writing memoir. Am I still eligible?
A Yes. WIP is open to all genres. You may be writing fiction, or non fiction. It may be a memoir or a novel or short stories or essays. For any of those pieces, you may be just starting out, or you’re stuck halfway through. Perhaps you’ve done your final draft and need direction to take the next step?
Or … maybe you’ve lost the way altogether (or perhaps written so many drafts you’ve lost the will to live!). In every case, Editing in Paradise can help.
Q: Will the editors give feedback on my work?
A: Yes. That’s one of the greatest strengths of WIP and the unique way it’s structured. In one-on-one sessions, not only will we teach you how to edit part of the work yourself, we will provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses, structure and more.
Plus, we will coach you, give you all the tips, techniques and information you need to identify the right markets as well as develop your ability to pitch for publication.
Q: Why would I come to the retreat when I can pay for an editor and have their undivided attention?
A: Writing in Paradise offers you the best of both worlds. Six days of in-depth and focussed editorial support and guidance plus the luxury of time and space to develop your relationship with your writing. Joining Writing in Paradise masterclass retreat will give you the benefit of experienced and savvy professional editors reading of the whole ms (not just a few chapters or even pages as some publishers or agents might if you just submitted ‘cold’). We’re working with you hand in hand as you edit, not in a distant consultation.
Q: Do I need a completed draft of my manuscript?
A: Actually, you don’t. You do, though, need a manuscript that is developed to the point where you have some idea of your intention, style, plot, etc. You do need to bring a hard copy of the manuscript with you (if you write on a laptop, bring both).
You may want to bring any reports, appraisals or rejection letters too; we’d be happy to help you understand where or how to apply the feedback (including that tricky instruction ‘Show, don’t tell’!).
We will read your manuscripts in advance of the retreats.
That way, you’re getting focussed attention and guidance on your particular strengths and weaknesses.
Q: What about intellectual property?
A: We have no rights to your work. Unless you have signed a contract giving another party rights to your work, you hold copyright. That should be the case when you get published, too. Your contract is a license for the publisher to produce your work but you retain copyright.
We’re not copyright lawyers but we can give you guidance on some of the intellectual property considerations you would have when you create a work.
Q: Do I have to read my work out to the group?
A: Not if you don’t want to. During group sessions, you may read out pieces resulting from the tailored exercises, if you wish to. Or not. It’s entirely at your discretion.
There is no formal group critique or workshopping but there’s room for that to grow from the group — just one bonus of having a small community of other writers.
You can share with the group as much or as little of your work as you wish to. Mainly, the retreat is about your relationship with your writing, and getting the benefit of multi-faceted guidance from professional editors to help you realise its potential.
Q: Will we have access to literary agents at the retreat?
A: We know lots of publishers, the lists they’re creating, and the agents who can get through to publishers. Though we cannot guarantee you access to agents and publishers, we can guarantee that you will equip yourself with the editorial eye, tips and techniques to develop your work to get there.
We believe there’s no point pitching to a publisher or agent before the manuscript is ready to succeed, but we’ll help set your direction for that goal.
Q: What can I do to prepare myself for the retreat?
A: Get yourself ready to really delve into the world of your
manuscript and the world of editing it. That might involve reading books on writing; it may involve just relaxing and trusting that this will be a very intense and productive 6 days in which you are free to play, as well as work! There’s enough time for work; there’s enough
time for reflection and rejuvenation; there’s plenty of inspiration.
Q: Can I bring friends or family?
A: With notice, we can arrange for the WIP program to be
part of a longer stay at any of the locations (Byron Bay is blissful and you wouldn’t be the first to be tempted!) but the program is intensive and part of it is to make space in your life to focus on your
writing, away from distractions.
Q: Will my laptop connection work in all the venues?
A: All the accommodation provided has secure electrical connections and facilities for wi-fi. You will have individual writing space as well as a common, comfortable, well appointed meeting room with air-conditioning or heating (KV and fireside sessions.. mmm, bliss.)
Q: How much of the program is group time?
A: That’s up to you. We’ve designed the WIP program to maximise your individual time with your writing, while providing the guidance to make it productive. The daily program includes group masterclass sessions (tips and tools) in the mornings, with the after-dinner evening session focussed on tailored self-editing exercises. Each afternoon we encourage you to spend time writing or in one-on-one consultations with Shelley or Paul.
If you just want every minute to write, write, write, that’s fine — the group sessions are not compulsory. You will have the support and freedom you need to go with your own writing flow.
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