A Story Circle Weekend Writing Retreat

With New York Times best-selling author

Susan Wittig Albert

Crafting and Publishing Compelling Stories

March 29-31, 2019

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
Fredericksburg, TX

About the Workshop

Every successful writer will tell you: craft matters. Craft really matters. Whether you’re writing a true story or fiction, a compelling story isn’t enough to engage readers. The way you tell the story is what pulls you in and keeps your reading.

In sessions 1-6 of this weekend workshop, author-publisher Susan Wittig Albert will help you understand and practice the essential craft of narrative: characterization, conflict, narration/dramatization, story structure, setting, dialogue. In sessions 7-8, you’ll find out how to choose among the current available paths to publication. Bring your laptops, tablets, notebooks, and project ideas and plans. Come prepared to write, share, learn, and expand your writing horizons.

About the Facilitator

As a writer, Susan Albert works in three genres, mystery, historical fiction, and memoir. Her mysteries include the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries and The Darling Dahlias, about a Southern garden club in the 1930s, as well as an eight-book series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. She and her husband Bill also coauthored a 12-book series under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Her historical fiction includes THE GENERAL’S WOMEN, a wartime romance about Ike’s love affair with Kay Summersby; LOVING ELEANOR, about the intimate friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok; and A WILDER ROSE, about the mother-daughter team that produced the Little House books. A WILDER ROSE is currently under option for film.


From this brief summary of Susan’s career, you can see what an extraordinary experience she has had as an award-winning author, including fiction and nonfiction, writing with a partner and alone, going the traditional route and the nontraditional route. She knows the publishing field as only an insider can, and she is generous in sharing what she knows with others.

About the Retreat

Mark your calendar for the end of March, bring a writing buddy, and join us in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for SCN’s popular women’s weekend writing retreat.

The event will take place in Fredericksburg TX, in the heart of the Hill Country. The town is less than 80 minutes from Austin and San Antonio, so if you live out-of-state, you can fly into either city and rent a car. Spring is beautiful in Texas, so you’re sure to enjoy the drive. Rich with the culture of German pioneers who settled the area over 160 years ago, Fredericksburg boasts spectacular art galleries, boutiques, antiques, award-winning Texas wineries, and acres of wildflowers.



3 pm check-in begins
5-6:30 pm: Dutch Treat dinner & free time
6:30-8 pm: Session I. Who we are and why we write
8:15 pm: Wine & cheese


6-8:30 am: breakfast
8:45-10:15 am: Session 2. Real people : Creating engaging characters
10:45 am-11:45 am: Session 3. Characters and conflict
11:45 am-2:15pm: Dutch treat lunch & free time
2:15-3:30 pm: Session 4. Structure : Building strong stories
3:50-5 pm: Session 5. Real places: Creating intriguing settings
5-7 pm: Dutch treat dinner & free time
7-8:30 pm: Session 6. Real people talking: Crafting dialogue


6-8:45 am: breakfast
9-10:30 am: Session 7. Changing landscapes in the publishing world
10:50-11:50 am: Session 8. Your paths to publication
12:00 pm: check-out

Join us at the beautiful Fredericksburg Inn & Suites.

Enrollment Limited
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Registration for this amazing weekend retreat with SCN (Does not include your room):

SCN members: $220.
Non-members: $275 (includes a 1-year membership).
We need: contact info (name, address, email, phone).

Refund Policy: Cancellations are accepted until March 1, 2019, and are subject to a cancellation fee of $50. After the refund deadline we will refund your money only if we are able to fill your place from our
waiting list.

SCN Fee does NOT include your room.

Please note that the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites is now fully booked.

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