October 16, 2016 - October 20, 2016

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 time

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

Mountain Laurel Lodging (per room. per night):  Single $69, Double  $69, Triple $79, Quad $89
Meal Package - $132 per person (Sunday dinner- Thursday lunch)

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


Yvonne Lehman - Director - 56 Novels, 5 Non-fiction, Editor (LPC)
DiAnn Mills  - Co-director,  50+ novels, Suspense - Christy winner
Jonathan Clements - Agent, Wheelhouse Literary
Edie Melson  -  Novels - Social Media Expert
Steven James - Thrillers, Nonfiction, Speaker
Eddie Jones - Novels - Publisher, Lighthouse of the Carolinas
Janet Roller - Praise & Worship

$35 each - deadline: September 30, 2015
Cover page - name, address, contact information, title, proposed word count
One to two-page synopsis - single spaced, double between paragraphs
First three chapters - double spaced - not to exceed 20 pages
Contact faculty member for a place to send a check.

You may send your material to be critiqued to one of the following faculty members through September 15 unless otherwise stated.

Yvonne Lehman - any genre - specializes in Romance and Women’s Fiction - yvonnelehman3@gmail.com
DiAnn Mills - 1 or 2 page(s) synopsis and 10 double-spaced pages for a first chapter (no more than 15 pages) - diann@diannmills.com 
Edie Melson - any genre - also will give social media and blog critiques. Will give the attendee an overview of what’s right and what can be improved. She will hand each you’re doing right and what you can improve on. She will provide a three-page checklist for continued use. She will take critiques right up to the Retreat. ediegmelson@gmail.com
Lori Marett (mentor) - novels, plays, scripts - llmarett3@gmail.com
Ann Tatlock (mentor) - novel proposals - anntatlock@yahoo.net
Diana Flegal (mentor) - novel proposals - Diana@hartlineliterary.com
Tracy Higley - Novels, Novellas - specializes in historical - tracy@tracyhigley.com

Winners in Novel/Novella and Best Finished Unpublished Novel, with winner permission, will be considered for a contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in the categories of Contemporary/Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Bling!, Cozy Mystery.

Winners also considered by agents for representation
If entries are not ready for agents or publication, the awards will be Critiques, Skype, Comments

CONTESTS: (Put “Novel Retreat Contest” in subject line) - attach to an email, Times New Roman, 12 point type 
Deadline: September 15, 2015
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 a half page 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 40 pages (if prolog submitted, its part of the 40 pages) - double-space all pages. Please state the genre on the coversheet. 

BEST FINISHED UNPUBLISHED NOVEL or NOVELLA by 2015 Novel Retreat conferee (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 40 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

Novelist Retreat Promo


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