October 7, 2018 - October 10, 2018

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 - $300 full conference

  • Register by April 1 - $225 Program Fee 
  • Register by May 1 - $250 Program Fee 
  • Register by June 1 - $275 Program Fee 

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

Meal Package - $105 per person (Sunday Dinner- Wednesday Lunch)

Click Here to register or call Ridgecrest at 800.588.7222 and contact Director Yvonne Lehman for additional information: yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Single Day Pass - $150.00
Half Day Pass - $100.00

Yvonne Lehman - Director

  • Yvonne Lehman - Director BRNR, Novels, Editor
  • Eva Marie Everson - Director FCWC, Novels, Editor, Pres. Word Weavers International
  • Ramona Richards - New Hope Editor, Novels
  • Eddie Jones - LPC Books - Publisher of YA & Adult Fiction/Nonfiction
  • Edie Melson - Director BRMCWC, Social Media, Author
  • Diana Flegal - Hartline Literary Agent, Writer, Teacher
  • Guest Appearance: Lynette Eason - Novels, Lynette’s Movie: Her Stolen Past

Download PDF Brochure  Download JPG Brochure

 CRITIQUES: $35 each - deadline: September 21, 2018

Cover page - name, address, contact information, title, proposed word count

Novellas: One and to two 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

Stage Plays: One Page summary - first 15-20 pages

Movie Scriptss: One Page summary - first 25 pages

You may send your material to be critiqued to one of the following faculty members through September 21, unless otherwise stated. Submit your critique to person of your choice listed above. The critiquer will advise to where you should send your check. In subject line please put: Critique for Novel Retreat.

Yvonne Lehman - yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Eva Marie Everson - pennhnd@aol.com

Ramona Richards - ramona.richards@newhopepublishers.com

Diana Flegal - Diana@hartlineliterary.com

Lori Marett, Mentor -  llmarett3@gmal.com (story content for any genre, and scripts/plays)

Denise Loock, Mentor - 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 - also 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.

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


(Put “Novel Retreat Contest” in subject line) - attach to an email, Times New Roman, 12 point type ?Deadline: September 15, 2018

Certificates and comments awarded for: 

BEST TITLE  - Entry fee $5.00 -  

BEST FIRST SENTENCE - Entry fees $5.00


BEST FIRST PAGE - Entry fees $10

BEST PROPOSAL for Novel or Novella by unpublished novelist - Entry fees $25

BEST PROPOSAL for STAGE PLAY - Entry fee $20


BEST PROPOSAL for NOVEL or NOVELLA by unpublished novelist - Entry fees $25

Guidelines: Include title, estimated word count, genre

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. 

3. Stage Plays: one page summary - first 15-20 pages

4. Movie Scripts: one page summary - first 25 pages

 GOLDEN LEAF AWARD for Best Finished Unpublished Novel or Novella

Must be a 2018 full-time attendee

May be unpublished… or

May have other published works (give brief bio of publications and publisher)

Entry fees $30.00

Winner receives a free critique and consideration 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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