Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Whole Novel Revision Retreat with Darcy Pattison

Date(s) - 09/17/2020 - 09/20/2020
4:00 pm

This online retreat will be September 17-20, with a session Thursday and Friday night, sessions on Saturday during the day, and Sunday morning. Darcy has led these workshops around the country and is widely acclaimed as a revision teacher. Here is what some attendees have said after the workshops with Darcy:
“I feel so empowered – like I have the tools to make my writing the writing of my dreams, the writing I love to read. It is wildly exciting.”
“I think I’ll look back on this weekend as a turning point in my growth as a novelist. I wish we could do this every year!”
“Coming in, I had the book knowledge about plots, subplots, climax. . . but this workshop put it all into a working perspective. Something I could grab hold of. Exercises forced me to look at things I was avoiding.”
The retreat will be $250 for SCBWI members–an amazing price, because her in-person retreats are usually much more! Non-members are $300. The retreat will be capped at 15 attendees. You may pay through Paypal online (preferred) or send a check to “Arkansas SCBWI.” Please write to Monica Clark-Robinson @ for the address if you need to use the check option. Select “Pay offline” to register first.
The goal of the retreat is that every author will go home with strategies for revising their own particular novel. The retreat is designed for maximum participation and advance preparation is required.
Requirements to attend:
1. You must have a completed draft of a novel–it can even be a first draft.
2. You must agree to do pre-conference homework.
3. You MUST agree to read three other drafts of novels before the retreat. The group sessions are based on the assumption that you have read the other person’s novel.
4. Other costs of attending: you must purchase and read two books and you’ll need to digitally exchange three copies of your manuscript.
5. You must internet access with a camera and microphone so you can participate in Zoom video chats.
A workbook accompanies lectures. Brief lectures are followed by time to work on your own novel, then reinforced by group discussions.
We will be offering one diversity scholarship to attend this event. Please contact Monica Clark-Robinson @ for more info about the scholarship or to apply. Registration will open this Friday at noon and will be advertised to Arkansas members only for the first week. Drafts will be submitted no later than August 20th, to give attendees a full month to read.

This event is fully booked.