Give Yourself the Gift of Protected Time!
At this small group retreat, you’ll write in a secluded, southwestern setting, freed from the demands of your daily life. Take time out for yourself to get a great start on your book, or rev-up the momentum on a book you’ve already started! Regardless of where you are in your writing process, this retreat will jump-start your writing project while also re-energizing your life.
If you’ve always wanted to write and publish a book, then you deserve this get-away opportunity to get-your-book-going! Our pace will be steady, but fun and relaxed. I create an upbeat, encouraging, and intellectually stimulating space for very productive writing sessions.
MY MOTTO: “Writing is thinking, so let’s think together!” Be prepared to share your writing at each of the 10 writing session with other authors. Also, you can look forward to tasty “home-cooked” meals and snacks to fuel your body and energize your mind.
Get a Month’s Worth of Writing Done in One Weekend
Our laser-focused writing sessions will help you make a MONTH’S worth of progress on your book in just one weekend! Please bring your laptop, unless you prefer to write by hand in your own notebook (or bring both). You’ll share ideas and drafts of your writing to get the supportive but constructive feedback you need from me and other writers.
Gallup Along with a “Riding Group” to Spur You On
Individuals who participate in a “Riding Group” always benefit from getting and giving concrete, specific reactions to other people’s writing. This means you’ll have a real audience who will empower you to think from both a writer’s and a reader’s point of view about your manuscript as it unfolds.
Participants at this retreat will be writing nonfiction books, either to share their expertise or to tell their life story. The two genres (expert books and autobiographies) overlap because experts know the power of telling their own story, and autobiographers chronicle the knowledge, wisdom, and expertise they’ve earned over their life.
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“The best writing retreat you will ever go to! JUST DO IT!” — Mukee Okan
One-of-a-Kind Lodging at the Historic COD Ranch
37 South COD Ranch RD
Oracle, AZ 85623
COD Ranch’s main lodge has a sitting room with fireplace, piano, a landline phone, commercial kitchen, dining hall, and wi-fi access. This refurbished hacienda consists of 20 comfy casitas that reflect the old west and colonial Mexico. You’ll eat finger-lickin’-good meals prepared by a talented chef. We’ll do most of our writing in the historic, beautifully remodeled “Wilma’s Barn,” where you’ll also have wif-fi access.
The ranch itself is located 40 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona between the 36,000 acre Coronado National Forest and a 6,000-acre state park and wildlife preserve. Wanna see pictures? COD Ranch Accommodations.
Wi-Fi access is available but limited to group areas. No Wi-Fi access inside the casitas. Cell phone service is mostly good for the four major carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T). If you need to stay reliably in touch by cell phone, please check with your carrier about coverage near Oracle, AZ 85623.
“Laura is amazing! In just 2 days with her, I feel totally prepared to get my book written within 2 months.” — Barb Holland
Book Writing Retreat Schedule
Friday, March 17
Check-in between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
What’s Your Aim?
Wrangle Your Write Brain
Saturday, March 18
Let Loose the Gate and Unleash the Doggies
Corral the Chaos
Put More Meat and Beans on the Bones
Sunday, March 19
Put More Meat and Beans on the Bones (Again!)
Round Up Time
Saddle Up for What’s Next
Check-out 3:00 p.m.
Scrumptious Meals with a Desert View
All meals will be served in the C.O.D. Main Lodge Dining Room. Vegetarian options will be available at every meal. In 2015, the ranch was awarded the highest rating available (“Excellent”) by Pinal County’s Environmental and Public Health Services Specialists. Based on our past experience at C.O.D. Ranch, we guarantee you’ll love this chef’s delicious cooking. All meals are served buffet style in the dining room in front of windows that look out on a gorgeous desert view.
Note: If you have special dietary needs, please let us know. There are no stores to purchase food or snacks within walking distance of the ranch. If necessary, you should buy any special food you need or would like to have on hand before arriving. You will have access to refrigerate special food, if needed. You can also drive to a grocery store in Oracle, Arizona, if necessary.
“This book has always been in me. Laura’s support and coaching at the retreat got me clear about why I wanted to write the book. After getting the ‘why,’ the ‘what’ has started to flow.” – Lisa Glow
BONUS #1: Virtual Pre-Retreat “Riding” Session
Before the retreat, you’ll be invited to attend a 60-minute virtual writing session focused on your target audience and your purpose for writing your book. During this virtual session, you’ll also be able to ask questions about the retreat itself. If the date and time for our Pre-Retreat “Riding” Session doesn’t work in your schedule, never fear, the Pre-Retreat “Riding” session will be recorded.
BONUS #2: Virtual Post-Retreat “Riding” Session
After the retreat, you’ll be invited to attend a 60-minute virtual writing session. During the session, I will conduct a focused writing exercise on a single chapter of your book. I will also offer suggestions about how best to finish and publish your book. This Post-Retreat “Riding” Session will be recorded.
“I wrote, I learned, I was inspired. I have new tools I can put to use immediately to get my book done.” — Martha Lanaghen
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All Inclusive – SINGLE Occupancy – $1,297
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Summary of Your Investment
Write Your Book in a Barn Retreat Includes
- Writing guidance and instruction by Laura Bush, Ph.D., a well published author and highly experienced writing coach
- A Writing Group Before, During, and After the Retreat
- A Writing Partner After the Retreat
- 1 Virtual Writing Session Before the Retreat
- 1 Virtual Writing Session After the Retreat
- 10 Kick-Arse Writing Sessions during the 3-day Retreat
- 6 Chef-Prepared Meals and All Snacks at Breaks
- 2 Nights Lodging in a beautiful southwestern setting next to the Coronado National Forest and State Wildlife Preserve