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November 1-3, 2024

Marriottsville, MD

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Are you a writer of science fiction, fantasy, or romance struggling to find the right guidance for your writing journey?

Do you feel isolated in your creative endeavors, yearning for a supportive community of like-minded individuals?

Are self-doubt and imposter syndrome holding you back from pursuing your writing dreams?

We understand the challenges you face and we're here to help.

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Imagine a future where your writing skills are honed to perfection, where you have a supportive community of fellow writers who understand and appreciate the challenges and joys of writing.

What if you could experience a transformative writing retreat that reignites your passion for storytelling and provides a dedicated space for focused writing?

Envision a world where you overcome feelings of isolation and connect with a community that encourages and collaborates with you.

This is the future we want to help you achieve.

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Welcome to the

Ink & Magic Writing Retreat

Here you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery, creativity, and growth.

This unique retreat offers live workshops, personalized feedback, and a supportive community of fellow writers. It's the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your passion for storytelling and take your writing skills to new heights.

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your hosts

ines johnson

Aside from being a writer and professional reader, Ines Johnson is a seasoned educator. For over 15 years, she taught college level courses in screenwriting, story development, and media history.

A lifelong learner (read: academic addict), she holds a Master’s in Instructional Design, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. She is constantly taking courses on the latest digital marketing techniques, reading how-to books, and keeping her skills at the cutting edge, so that you don’t have to!

View her author website at ineswrites.com and her courses for writers at The Romance Write Club.

Leslye Penelope

Leslye Penelope is the award-winning author of the Earthsinger Chronicles. The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science at Howard University and sometimes dreams in HTML.

She hosts the My Imaginary Friends podcast, co-hosts the Ink & Magic podcast, and lives in Maryland with her feline dependents.

Visit her online at: http://www.lpenelope.com and join her newsletter for writers & view her courses at https://myimaginaryfriends.net.

Cerece Rennie Murphy

National bestselling and award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy published her debut novel, Order of the Seers, in 2011. Since then, she has published twelve speculative fiction novels, short stories, and children's books, including her upcoming release, In The Garden of Light and Shadow: The Chronicles of Ada St. James.

Ms. Murphy is also the founder of Virtuous Con, an online sci-fi and comic culture convention that celebrates the excellence of BIPOC creators in speculative fiction. Ms. Murphy is the recipient of Black Pearls Magazine’s Author of the Year Award for Children’s Literature, the National Best Sellers designation from the African American Literature Book Club (AALBC), and the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA)’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community. Created in 2008, Ms. Murphy joins the ranks of distinguished previous Solstice Award winners, including Petra Mayer, Carl Sagan, Octavia Butler, and Gardner Dozois.

To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website at www.cerecerenniemurphy.com.

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The Location

The Bon Secours Conference & Retreat Center is a peaceful, serene location just minutes from Baltimore, MD. The grounds include a peace pond with footbridge, a walking labyrinth, zen garden, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and nature walking trails.

The Center is run by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Bon Secours and serves the spiritual, personal and professional development of individuals and organizations from various faith traditions. View their code of conduct and policies here.

This is For You If...

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You're an aspiring novelist writing sci-fi, fantasy, or romance seeking guidance and inspiration.

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You're a fiction writer longing for a supportive community.

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You're a writer yearning for a transformative writing retreat.

If you resonate with any of these, the Ink & Magic Writing Retreat is perfect for you.

What You’ll Get

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Two nights of lodging in a private, queen bed room at a serene retreat facility located just outside of Baltimore, MD

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All meals, snacks, and beverages are included during your stay

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One critique session of your story’s outline or synopsis to refine your story's structure

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Workshops covering marketing, craft, worldbuilding, productivity, and mindset

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Ask Me Anything sessions with our three professional author hosts

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Structured writing time to focus on your projects

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An intimate setting fostering community, encouragement, and feedback

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the bonuses

In addition to the retreat program, you’ll also receive bonuses!

Exclusive access to a private online writing community for ongoing support and collaboration

A digital workbook with writing exercises and resources to enhance your skills

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You’ll Leave Having

Improved your writing skills and storytelling abilities

Overcome feelings of isolation and connected with a supportive community

Experienced a transformative writing retreat that rejuvenates your passion for storytelling

Received personalized feedback and guidance from experienced best-selling and award-winning published authors

Gained confidence in your writing and tools to overcome self-doubt

Developed a network of like-minded writers for ongoing support and collaboration

Your Investment




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  • 2 Nights Lodging
  • Meals, Snacks, & Beverages
  • Workshops led by author hosts
  • 2 Creative Activities
  • Personalized feedback on outline or synopsis
  • Access to private online writing community

Thanks so much for your interest! Please join ​the waitlist to learn if a spot becomes available

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Your Questions, Answered

Q: Is this retreat suitable for beginner writers?

A: Absolutely! The Ink & Magic Writing Retreat is designed for writers of all skill levels. Whether you're just starting your writing journey or have been writing for years, you'll find value in the workshops, feedback, and community.

Q: Will I have time to work on my own writing projects?

A: Yes, we have dedicated structured writing time built into the retreat schedule. You'll have the opportunity to focus on your projects and receive guidance from our instructors.

Q: What is the schedule?

A: We will begin at 2pm on Friday, November 1, 2024 and end by 4pm on Sunday, November 3, 2024.

Q: How many participants will be attending the retreat?

A: We keep our retreats intimate to foster a sense of community and ensure personalized attention. The maximum number of participants is limited to 12 to ensure a high-quality experience.

Q: I have dietary restrictions, can the retreat center accommodate me?

A: Some accommodations may be made by the facility for dietary restrictions upon request. Let us know before booking what your needs are. In general, vegan and vegetarian dietary restrictions can be accommodated by the Center. However, the Center does not have an allergen free or cross-contamination free kitchen (e.g., including without limitation allergies relating to gluten, dairy, nuts, msg, etc.). Event attendees having food allergies are strongly encouraged to bring their own food. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Q: Can I get a refund if I'm unable to attend the retreat?

A: If you cancel your registration on or before August 31, 2024, you are eligible for a full refund of your retreat payment. To request a refund, please email us at retreat@inkandmagic.net. If you cancel your registration on or after September 1, 2024, we are unable to offer any refunds. However, you may transfer your registration to another writer, subject to our approval. In the unlikely event that the Ink & Magic Writing Retreat is cancelled by us, all attendees will receive a full refund of their retreat payment. We will notify all registered participants via email if such a situation arises.

Any lingering questions? Contact us.


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