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The Novel Writing Intensive Retreat

with critically acclaimed authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni


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​If you're ready for intensive instruction to improve your writing, and if you're serious about taking your manuscript to the next level, award-winning novelists Steven James and Robert Dugoni invite you to join them for a time of in-depth teaching, growth, and encouragement.

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Steven James is the critically-acclaimed author of seventeen novels. He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest and the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure as well as the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel—both from Writer’s Digest Books.

He has received wide critical acclaim for his work, including five Storytelling World Honor awards, three Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and four Christy Awards for best suspense.

Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers and the International Association of Crime Writers. He has taught writing and storytelling principles around the world and is a regular keynote speaker and workshop teacher at premier writing conferences and retreats nationwide.

In 2010, Steven developed the Novel Writing Intensive Retreats to provide a concentrated time of study and feedback for fiction writers of all levels. 

He lives in Tennessee in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. When he's not writing or speaking, he's trail running, playing basketball, or downing mugs of gourmet coffee. 

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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. 


Along with the Charles Jenkins espionage series and the David Sloane legal thriller series, Robert is the author of several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, a literary novel that was named Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year. His narration of Sam Hell won an AudioFile Earphones Award. Robert's 2004 book The Cyanide Canary was named a Washington PostBest Book of the Year. Several of his novels have also been optioned for movies and television series. 


Robert is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for Best Novel Set in the Pacific Northwest. 


He is also a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.

Robert's books have been translated into more than thirty languages. 

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NWI 2022


Group 1: November 2 - 5, 2023
Group 2 : November 7 - 10, 2023 


A "mansion" in Kissimmee, Florida
more details after you register 

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day 1

4-5:15pm: Check-in
5:30: Introductions
6:00: Dinner
6:45: Orientation 
7:15: Seminar 1 
8:30: TBD

day 2

7:30-8:15: Breakfast
8:30: Seminar 2 
9:45: Critique & Discussion Session 1
11:00: Seminar 3 
12:00: Lunch/personal Time
1:00: One-on-ones
1:45:  Critique & Discussion Session 2
3:00: Seminar 4 
4:15: Critique & Discussion Session 3
5:30: Dinner
6:45: Critique & Discussion Session 4
8:00: TBD

day 3

7:30-8:15: Breakfast
8:30: Critique & Discussion Session 5
9:45: Seminar 5
11:00: Critique & Discussion Session 6
12:00: Lunch/personal time
2:00: One-on-ones

4:15: Seminar 6 
5:30: Dinner
6:30: Seminar 7
7:30: Q&A/book table

8:30: TBD

day 4

8:00: Breakfast and awards
9:00: Seminar 8 
10:00: Closing remarks/goodbyes
10:30: Pack and check out


"Intensive is not a strong enough word for how deep this one goes. Two of our best contemporary novelists cover the landscape of the craft and give the most personal attention possible to this small group experience. Best investment I’ve made so far in my writing life."

— Patricia Bowen, GA

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