October 8, 2017 - October 12, 2017

October is the peak season for leaf color in the mountains of western North Carolina and the perfect time for novelists to gather for inspiration, encouragement, improving skills and practicing creativity. If you don’t have an idea in mind, we’ll help you find that too. 

Retreat for writers wanting to learn more about the craft and creativity of writing novels - all genres- contemporary and historical.

Enrollment limited. Please register early. - Ridgecrest: 800.588.7222 | yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC
(twenty minutes east of Asheville—home of the famous Biltmore House and Gardens)

All sleeping rooms and classes for the Novel Retreat are in Mountain Laurel Hotel

Ridgecrest Novelist Pricing:

 Program Fee: On campus - $350 full conference

  • Register by April 1 - $75 Program Fee discount
  • Register by May 1 - $50 Program Fee discount
  • Register by June 1 - $25 Program Fee discount

Mountain Laurel Lodging (per room. per night):  Single $75, Double  $75, Triple $85, Quad $95

Meal Package - $145 per person (Sunday dinner- Thursday lunch)

To register, click here or call Ridgecrest at 800.588.7222 or and contact Director Yvonne Lehman for additional information: yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Single Day Pass - $175.00
Half Day Pass - $100.00

Yvonne Lehman - Director - 57 Novels, 8 Non-fiction, Editor (LPC)
Brian Bird - Screenwriter, Adaptations, Producer
Jonathan Clements - Agent, Wheelhouse Literary
Edie Melson  -  Novels, Novellas - Social Media Expert
Dennis Hensley, PhD - Professor Taylor U, 64 books, 3500 other writings
Eddie Jones - Novels, Novellas - Publisher, Lighthouse of the Carolinas
Jenny Cote - International speaker, Children & Adult novels, Scripts
Lisa Carter - Suspense & Historical novels, Novellas, Research


Lori Marett - story content, scripts
Denise Loock - story content, editing, polishing


CRITIQUES: $35 each - deadline: September 30, 2017
Cover page - name, address, contact information, title, proposed word count

Novellas: One and one-half to pages synopsis - single spaced, double between paragraphs
First three chapters - double spaced - not to exceed 20 pages

Novels: One to two-page synopsis - single spaced, double between paragraphs
First three chapters - double spaced - not to exceed 30 pages

You may send your material to be critiqued to one of the following faculty members through September 30 unless otherwise stated.

Yvonne Lehman - yvonnelehman3@gmail.com (novels, novellas, any genre)
Jenny Cote - jenny@epicorderoftheseven.com - (novels, novellas, adult, children, scripts)
Lisa Carter - lisa@lisacarterauthor.com. (novels, novellas, any genre)
Lori Marett -  llmarett3@gmal.com (story content for any genre, and scripts/plays)
Denise Loock - denise@lightningeditingservices.com (any genre close to being ready for publication - will help writers polish sentence structure, improve clarity, and refine word choice)
Edie Melson - ediegmelson@gmail.com (any genre)
Edie will also critique social media and blogs.

Social Media Critique: Send Edie (ediegmelson@gmail.com) the links to all your social media platforms and she’ll evaluate what you’re doing well and where you can improve. 

She’ll provide you with a written assessment so you’ll have something solid to refer to when making improvements. 

Blog Critique: Send Edie (ediegmelson@gmail.com)  the link to your blog and she’ll evaluate its effectiveness. She’ll provide a written assessment that looks at everything from colors and format, to posts and what’s in your sidebar. This is a great way to take your blog to the next level.

 Submit your critique to person of your choice listed above. The critique will advise to where you should send your check.

CONTESTS: (Put “Novel Retreat Contest” in subject line) - attach to an email, Times New Roman, 12 point type  Deadline: September 15, 2017

Unpublished writers may enter any/all contests.
Published writers may submit to any category in which they are not published.
Self-published works are considered as published.
Certificates and comments awarded for: 

BEST TITLE  - Entry fee $5.00 -  
BEST FIRST SENTENCE - Entry fees $5.00
BEST FIRST PAGE - Entry fees $10

(Include title and genre: romance, suspense, SciFi, fantasy, YA, mystery, etc.)
BEST PROPOSAL for NOVEL or NOVELLA by unpublished novelist - Entry fees $25



1. Novellas: (fiction stories ranging from 18,000 to 30,000 words) - Submit one and one-half pages synopsis (single spaced - double between paragraphs) and first chapters, not to exceed 20 double-spaced pages.

2. Novels: (fiction stories ranging from 45,000 to 85,000+) - Submit a two-page synopsis and first chapters, not to exceed 30 pages (if prologue submitted, its part of the 30 pages) - double-space all pages. Please state the genre on the coversheet. 

GOLDEN LEAF AWARD for BEST FINISHED UNPUBLISHED NOVEL or NOVELLA by a 2017 attendee (the author may be previously published or not - if author is published, give a brief bio of published works and publisher)

Entry fees $30.00

Free critique of first 30 pages and additional comments - will be considered for publication with LPC

Submit all contest entries to yvonnelehman3@gmail.com and checks to:

Yvonne Lehman

102 Corbett Lane

Black Mountain, NC 28711



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