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Writing Away Refuge Virtual Pitch Retreat over Zoom. Schedule for August 3rd-4th, 2024

"I wanted to take a moment and offer you my most sincere thanks. I signed with Katie Reed today. Your support made all the difference. This organization has been such a blessing in my life."  --Cherisa Jerez, Writing Away Member who pitched Katie Reed at our Writing Away Weekend Virtual Retreat in January 2023.

(Please note that all times are Central Standard Time--CST)


Saturday, August 3rd Schedule (Central Standard Time)


8:50 AM (CST)- Sign-in


9:00 AM-10:00 AM—30 Writing Prompts to Help You Set a Scene—Lee Ann Ward


10:00 AM-10:15 AM (Break)


10:15 AM-11:30 AM—Welcome to Your Book Deal—Katharine Sands


11:30 AM—11:45 AM–(Break)


11:45 AM—12:45 PM—Practice Pitching for attendees (writers with pitch sessions today should pitch first. There will also be practice pitches tomorrow.)


12:45 PM—12:50 PM—Prize Drawings / Wrap-up


1:00 PM—4:00 PM (CST)—Individual pitch sessions with Jessica Berg


1:00 PM—4:00 PM (CST)—Individual pitch sessions with Jennifer Pien

7:00 PM—8:30 PM (CST)—ZOOM After Party for attendees—We're here to answer all your questions about agents, traditional publishing, giveaway some cool prizes, and have a little fun!



Sunday. August 4th, Schedule (Central Standard Time)


8:50 AM—Sign-in (CST)


9:00 AM-10:15 AM—Writing Unforgettable Characters—Joyce Scarbrough


10:15 AM—10:30 AM—(Break)


10:30 AM-11:30 AM—The Art of Flash Fiction—MaxieJane Frazier


11:30 AM—11:40 AM—Break

11:40 AM—12:40 PM—Practice Pitches for folks with Sunday Pitches

12:40 PM—12:45 PM—Wrap-up


1:00 PM—4:00 PM (CST)—Individual Pitch sessions with Christina Zobel

1:00 PM—4:00 PM (CST)—Individual Pitch sessions with Laurie Dennison


4:15 PM—7:15 PM (CST)—Individual Pitch sessions with Connor Smith

4:15 PM—7:15 PM (CST)—Individual Pitch sessions with Zoe Sandler

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