Posted by: annemartinfletcher | October 19, 2010

Doesn’t Jane’s Fall Retreat Sound Fun!

Jane’s Stories Fall Retreat

October 22-23, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Florida

(The Bayview Room with its lovely views of the harbor is pictured at upper right. Okay, you can’t see it, but it is lovely. Pretend you see it. )


Friday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
Join us at Gypsy Cab Cafe, 828 Anastasia Blvd (at the head of the island, just over the Bridge of Lions)  for an informal dinner. The cafe has a diverse menu and a friendly, informal island flare. Gypsy Cab:904- 824-8244. (Dinner is not included in the retreat fee.)

Saturday, October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bayview Room, A1A Aleworks, 1 King Street, St. Augustine. (At the foot of the Bridge of Lions.)
A1A: 904-829-2977.

Thanks to our generous friends at A1A Aleworks!

Saturday Schedule

9 a.m. Gather for Coffee, tea, water, fruit and pastries.

9:30-10:15 Tools for Flourishing Writers–Jane’s Board.
A short talk from Board President Glenda Bailey-Mershon will be followed by a discussion of logjams, roadblocks, and steep places on the trail to writing success, (both those we provide for ourselves and those that come courtesy of friends, families, blind editors, and stubborn agents.) We’ll provide some new ways of thinking about time management, routes to publication, goal-setting, and definitions of success, and a review of resources both technological and low-key. There will be time to share stories and resources from your own experience. We even provide tissues and celebratory instruments along with a sympathetic ear.

10:15–11:00   Choose One Morning Exercise

Anne Martin Fletcher: Spilling Your Guts: Writing the Type of Memoir Agents
Anne Martin Fletcher
Think They Can Sell. An exercise on how to expand a sentence to a chapter; this method may also be used in fiction.

Kimmy Van Kooten: Looking and Writing: A walking exercise into the
Kimmy Van Kooten
Ekphrastic. Let the local and world-renowned artists featured in several of the local galleries of Saint Augustine inspire your pen. Learn the questions to ask yourself when studying your subjects; how to LOOK and choose your subjects, and then WRITE about them!

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 p.m. Choice of Two Workshops
Judy Goodman and Shobha Sharma: Writing Across Boundaries. Two prolific  writers lead a discussion of tailoring
Shobha Sharma
work for specific markets and writing to form or prescribed theme. Judy is a former organizer of the Duckon Science Fiction Conference and a principle in our Bookjanes group. Shobha Sharma is the Director of Jane’s Stories’ Bridges and Borders Project, which is funded by the Illinois Humanities Council, and the author of Kitchen Stories, about growing up in India. Bring your own experiences to this discussion of how to push the boundaries of your work to what editors seek.

Glenda Bailey-Mershon
Glenda Bailey-Mershon: Editor’s Corner–Bring your work for critique (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). Sign up for personal attention or small group support to step up your work. Repeats in another afternoon time slot.

12:00-1:15 p.m.    Lunch in A1A Aleworks
(Special menu choices are included in your conference fee. See the menu below.)

1:15-2:00 p.m.   Choice of two workshops
Linda Mowry: What You Can Do with a Chapbook, and Why you Should. Our
Linda Mowry
chapbook maven will bring a show-and-tell of chapbooks to help you envision how your work could fit in this highly portable and sellable format.

Kimmy Van Kooten: Maria’s Walk. Stroll down one of St. Augustine’s most beautiful streets, with a meditation on the life of Maria Evans, subject of a local novel by Eugenia Price.

2:00-2:45 p.m.   Choose one of two workshops

Jennifer Hanley: Organizing Your Online Life. A show-and-tell of the ways writers
Jennifer Hanley
use blogs, social networking, and other Internet tools to promote their work.

Glenda Bailey-Mershon: Editor’s Corner–Bring your work for critique (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). Sign up for personal attention to step up your work.

2:45-3:00 p.m.    Stretch Break–in time for the dessert service!

3:00-5:00 p.m.  Your Turn!

Linda Mitchell
Linda Mitchell: Drama Queens–Painless Ways to Boost Your Effectiveness as a Performer of Literature. Knees knock? Hands sweat? Or do you just go blank when you stand up to read? Maybe you’re a seasoned reader, but there’s a little tic you can’t hear yourself.  Jazz Singer and Poet Linda Mitchell will give you some tips for making friends with the microphone and taking your performance to the next level, followed by an  opportunity to stand up and deliver your own work to a friendly audience. Who knows, we may even get Linda to share a song or two as we unwind from a long day of sharing.

5:00 p.m.  Farewells. We will decamp to The Tasting Room, after a short jaunt down St. George Street. (Not included in retreat fee.) Board members will be available for a brief tour of the blocks around the Plaza, which take us from the Archaic to the Victorian Eras.

Sound like fun?  Please register below.


Please register no later than October 16.
The full day of workshops and encouragement, plus a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon desserts, can be had for only $55. Jane’s Stories members pay $44.

Pay full registration fee of $55 via Paypal.

Pay the special member rate of $44 via Paypal.

You may also pay retreat fees by check to Jane’s Stories, 5500 N 50 W, Fremont IN, 46737. If you do so, please choose a lunch below and include your selection in your mailing.

Lunch Menu (Please email your choice of one of the following, along with your name, address, phone and email to:, or mail it to the above address. You may also fill out the form here.)

Choose one:

1. Grilled portabello mushroom sandwich
2. Honey Dijon Chicken Sandwich
3. Fish tacos
4. Boniacho chips (with olives, black beans, and salsa, and with or without smoked chorizo or shrimp)

All lunches served with a green salad and a choice of non-alcoholic beverages.

Partial and full scholarships are always available for Jane’s Stories events, by merely sending an email to, with the words “partial scholarship” or “full scholarship” in the subject line, and your full contact information in the message box. Donations to cover extra costs are always welcome.

Donations for retreat scholarships are much appreciated.

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