Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


2014 Summer Retreat Schedule  

All sessions will be located in Mt. Cedar room in Francis Place.

Remember: This is your weekend and even though we've built in a lot of free time for writing and creating, feel free to skip a session if you're on a roll!


5:00 – 6:00    Registration  (Lobby/Foyer, Francis Place)

6:00 – 7:00    Dinner (Dining Hall)

7:00 – 7:20    Retreat Kick-off – welcome, intros

7:20 – 8:00    Creative Abundance. Cynthia will open our weekend with a fun session to celebrate our successes and envision even more creative abundance. 

8:00 – 8:30    Set up optional small groups

8:30              Free time/sleep time


8:00 – 9:00    Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:15 – 10:15   Calling the Muse. Join us for a special session with sacred sound artist, Ann Martin. Using her crystal singing bowls, Ann will present sound, vibration, music and resonance to calm the mind and relax the body so we might easily access our own inner, creative voice.  The perfect start to Saturday! (Note: Ann will be offering a few personal sound sessions throughout the day on Saturday. See her for pricing and to set an appointment).

10:15 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:30 Envision Your Creative Life: Setting Achievable Goals. Using examples, tips and exercises, author Denise Vega will lead help you set writing or illustrating goals that you'll be able to cross off your list by year's end!

11:30 – 12:00  Optional small groups/free writing, illustrating and creating

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:00 – 3:30     Capture the Wow!  Here we’ll set focused thinking aside and dive into the parts that make creating fun. In this session, Cynthia will share her multi-media journaling method, a fun and easy way to keep the creative well full. No art experience required. (see the supply list at the bottom of this page)

3:30 – 6:00    Optional small groups/free writing, illustrating and creating

6:00 – 7:00     Dinner

7:00 – 8:00     Book sales and autographing with Cynthia Morris

7:00 – ??        Wine, cheese, chat and chocolates!


8:00 – 9:00     Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:15 – 10:15   Taking Your Inspiration Home. Cynthia will lead you in a strategy and planning session to bring all the inspiration home. You’ll go home with plenty of inspiration plus clear plans to make your ideas come to life.

10:15 – 12:00 Optional small groups/free writing, illustrating and creating

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:00               Distant Editor Critique Signups/Farewell

Schedule details subject to change

Supply Lists for Capture the Wow session

You’ll want to bring your own Wow Kit for our Capture the Wow session. There’s no need to buy anything unless you want to; you probably have all these supplies at home already. Cynthia will bring her Wow Kit to share her goodies. 

Here’s what you should bring in your Wow Kit: 

* Blank journal – one you would carry with you regularly

* Glue stick

* Pen

* Pencils

* Watercolor paints, pencils or crayons

* Photos or ephemera that are meaningful to your creative work

* Scissors

Questions about the Wow Kit? Email Cynthia