Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

A note about Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreats from ARA (and WPWR Coordinator) Pam Vaughan

Have you ever attended a Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat?

It’s a magical event where you spend two nights and three days in an idyllic setting (at the W. Alton Jones campus in Rhode Island) immersed in workshops, mentor meetings, amazing meals, inspiring activities, and social time with your peers as well and five industry professionals (agents, editors, and authors). It’s an exclusive weekend with a limited number of attendees.

It’s become so popular, we now offer two sessions. Typically, these retreats are held in March and April. However, the University of Rhode Island has decided that this campus will no longer be open those months. But don’t worry – the Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreats, with their regular programming, will still continue!

Save the dates for October 2020

WPWR-1: Oct. 2-4, 2020 and WPWR-2: Oct. 22-24, 2020

Can’t wait that long? Neither can we! To keep our momentum going from our two fabulous 2019 retreats, we are holding a BONUS retreat – the Whispering Pines Working Retreat – this October 25-27, 2019. The Whispering Pines Working Retreat (WPWR-3) has no frills, no faculty, but plenty of outstanding food and time to focus on getting quality work done in a quiet and quaint setting. Come alone, or bring your critique group, and have real-time writing and revising. Sketch, paint, draft, or draw by the picturesque lake surrounded by the October foliage. Clear your head or work through plot holes with a walk or run along scenic trails. Enjoy the charming accommodations and the scrumptious meals prepared for you. Join your peers for brainstorming and problem solving discussions by the fireplace or bonfire. The limited number of participants adds to the ambiance.

Is a working retreat for me you ask? A great question. Are you a writer or illustrator? Then this retreat is for you! Are you outlining a new novel? Then this retreat is for you! Are you drafting a new book? Then this retreat is for you! Are you revising a picture book, a novel, a dummy? Then this retreat is for you! Do you want to have a place to meet with your critique group face to face? Then this retreat is for you!
Do you need some time away to focus on your project? Then this retreat is for you! Do you want to spend time with other like-minded writers and illustrators? Then this retreat is for you! Take some time for yourself to tackle that project or to relax and rejuvenate for the next project. Either way, it’s going to be a spectacular time of year and an outstanding group of fellow writers and illustrators. Again, there will be no mentors (agents or editors) at this working retreat. We can’t be more excited about this bonus opportunity, and would love for you to join us!

Check out our website for more information about our WPWR-1 and WPWR-2 retreats, and registration for WPWR-3 which will be happening very soon.