Tentative Schedule

Day 1
4-5:15pm: Check-in
5:30: Introductions
6:00: Dinner
6:45: Orientation 
7:15: Seminar 1: Creating Plots 
8:30: TBA

Day 2
7:30-8:15: Breakfast
8:30: Seminar 2: Pulling the Rug Out
9:45: Critique & discussion session 1
11:00: Seminar 3: Playing God
12:00: Lunch/Personal Time
1:00: One-on-Ones
1:45:  Critique & discussion session 2
3:00: Seminar 4: Killer Scenes
4:15: Critique & discussion session 3
5:30: Dinner
6:45: Critique & discussion session 4
8:00: TBA

Day 3
7:30-8:15: Breakfast
8:30: Critique & discussion session 5
9:45: Seminar 5: Dimensionality
11:00: Critique & discussion session 6
12:00: lunch/personal time
1:00: One-on-Ones
3:00: Seminar 6: Tension
4:15: Critique & discussion session 7
5:30: Dinner
6:30: Seminar 7: Plot Problems
7:30: Q&A/book table

8:30: TBA

Day 4
8:00: Breakfast and Awards
9:00: Seminar 8: Settings
10:00: Closing remarks/Good-byes
10:30: pack and check out

Welcome to the 13th and 14th annual

Novel Writing Intensive Retreats!
The 2020 events will be held at the beautiful MarQueen Hotel in downtown Seattle, WA.

Aspiring or published novelists or short-story writers of any level are invited to register. We accept all genres of fiction, except for what we would consider erotica. 


There are only 14 spots available (for each session), so register soon. (There will be a waiting list in case someone cancels.)

The registration process is as follows:

Contact conference director Pam Johnson at pamtheeditor@yahoo.com for a registration form (which will include all pertinent information). This needs to be completed and returned with the non-refundable registration deposit of $500 before we can reserve your place. 

The retreat fee is $1475. This includes all seminars, the 50-page critique, most meals and refreshments, handouts, and more. It does not include the hotel room, downtown parking, any shuttle fees, or the two lunches (which will be on your own at local eateries).

We have a block of rooms on hold at the hotel. The conference rate for session 1 is $149 + tax/fees (for single accomodations); for session 2 is $159 + tax/fees.  You MUST make your reservation by February 7th to get this special rate. We HIGHLY recommend you stay on site for the retreat. It will enhance your NWI experience.

​You can make your reservation by emailing Joy Ringer at sales@marqueen.com or calling her at 206-282-7407. Tell her you're with the NWI and request the group rate. You can check with the hotel about additional guests cost, parking fees, and shuttle options.

Information about how to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript for critique is on the registration form.

The remaining payment of $975 is due December 15th, 2019. (Our refund policy is included on the registration form.)

Please pay by check or money order. (We will not accept any other form of payment. If there's an issue, please contact Pam at pamtheeditor@yahoo.com to discuss it.)

The mailing address for the form and the deposit is on the registration form.