saturday writing retreat



Author Lisa Acerbo will share the tips and tricks that led her to a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster.  Learn how to make an agent or publisher want to read your book, what detail to include and what to leave out, and how to find the right agent and publisher for your type of book.


About Lisa Acerbo


In today’s competitive market, a first draft is nowhere near good enough to show to an agent or editor. Author Steve Liskow offers a practical approach to polishing your work. He starts with the major issues (character, plot, structure, and pacing), then tackles smaller but crucial problems including dialogue, transitions, and tense. He offers hints on proof-reading and copy-editing, and the all-important beta reader to help you make your writing as strong as it can be. 


About Steve Liskow


Let a professional editor share the secrets of choosing the most powerful excerpts of your work.  How much back story will you need?  How much plot should you share?  Where and how should you end? There's more to choosing an excerpt than meets the eye!


About C. Flanagan Flynn


Combining the fun elements of speed dating with the pure honesty of peer feedback, this fast-paced Writer's Workout activity allows you to spend focused bursts of time with a variety of other participants.  Get feedback on your ideas, challenges and elements you are working on in a series of stimulating one-on-one exchanges.


About Tracy McKee




Author of "Twelve Months of Awkward Moments," "Remote," "Carnival of Nightmares," Wear White to Your Funeral," and more, Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and adjunct faculty at a local community college. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, two dogs, and horse. When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and fosters dogs.


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Steve Liskow is an award-winning mystery writer and acclaimed workshop facilitator. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and several anthologies. “Hot Sugar Blues” was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story from the Mystery Writers of America, and “Stranglehold” won the Black Orchid Novella Award. A former actor, theatrical director, guitar player and English teacher, Steve now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also conducts workshops  on writing fiction at several local libraries and lives in central Connecticut with his wife Barbara and a rescue cat.


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C. has been a Contributing Editor and a Managing Editor of two award-winning literary magazines, and now serves as Editor-in-Chief of Centered: The magazine of personal stories. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, C. Flanagan Flynn's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Memoir Magazine, Inkling Magazine, Literary Unleashed, Brain Teen: The Magazine for Thinking Parents, and Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. Her writing excellence has been recognized by Proximity Magazine, The Southampton Review, and The Connecticut Press Club. She's been featured in The Hartford Courant. She's interviewed countless best-selling authors and published online interviews, articles, and book reviews. 


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The founder of McKee Words, Tracy is a professional writing & communications coach with decades of copywriting, ghostwriting and journalism experience under her belt. Tracy has been an analytical writer, editor and trainer for more than 30 years and a workshop instructor for more than a decade. She has coached all kinds of people over the years, from WWII survivors and teachers to CEOs and published writers, all of whom were looking for help sharing their voice with the world. Through knowledgeable advice and fresh feedback, Tracy has helped people build momentum, push through writer’s block and get going on their writing (or speaking) dreams.


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9:00 check in

9:30 - 10: 50 ... Class 1

11:00 - 12:20 ... Class 2

12:30 Lunch

1:00 - 2:20 ... Class 3

2:30 - 3:50 ... Class 4

4:00 Networking & Cocktails 

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