Allison K Williams is the author of the writer's guides
Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book, Seven Bridges: Platform for Authors Who'd Rather Be Writing (forthcoming)
Get Published in Literary Magazines.
She has edited and coached writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s and independent presses. She’s guided essayists to publication in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with blogs on craft and the writing life.
A former circus performer, Allison has written for NPR, CBC, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online and Travelers’ Tales. Her plays, including Hamlette, Mmmbeth, The Next Horseman, and the London Fringe Best of Fringe Winner TRUE STORY, have been produced worldwide.
Join from any quiet, focused location with internet access. Craft lessons, Live-editing, Publishing & Craft seminars and social time happen via Zoom.
Write, revise, write again. We'll send a Do Not Disturb sign for your door.
All teaching sessions are recorded for you to review or refresh in the 30 days after the retreat.
Your pre-retreat manuscript evaluation includes supportive, specific, written critique of up to 50 pages (plus your synopsis or chapter summaries), a coaching session, and a customized work plan for your retreat.
Our time together includes daily craft lessons, personalized publishing seminars and live-editing.
A post-retreat work plan, feedback on an additional 25 pages and follow-up coaching session help you sustain momentum in the weeks to come.
To give the personal coaching and specific editorial feedback your manuscript needs before, during and after the retreat, participation is limited to six writers.
Morning sessions include daily Live-Editing: writers' pages are shared on the screen while Allison talks through strengthening the work. We'll use individual needs as jumping-off points for craft lessons and in-class writing. Each writer receives an hour of focused discussion and a half-hour later in the week to discuss revisions.
Unlike a "workshop," this process doesn't include critiquing each other's work in advance. Your classmates will encounter your draft as a reader would, focusing on the words at hand without preconceptions.
Live-editing commentary will be directed to all participants; even when your pages aren't the focus, you'll get specific commentary to apply to your work every day.
Afternoon publishing seminars may include Query & Synopsis Writing, Querying Strategies, Creating Standalone Essays from Your Book, Submission Packages, Pitching, Platform and more. Specific topics will be chosen in advance, based on your needs.
Focused time and a committment to "show up" helps you plow through pages.
Direct, specific feedback helps you write better.
Rebirth Your Book combines writing craft and publishing strategy with personal editorial assistance.You'll emerge from this week with a plan to bring your work into the world.
Pre-arrival session with editorial feedback and your work plan for the retreat.
Scheduled one-on-one time to discuss your draft-in-progress and writing goals. Critique relevant to your specific work, every day of the retreat.
Follow-up coaching session to sustain your writing momentum after the retreat.
The Virtual Retreat happens in your place of safety. Your pre-retreat package gives tips for creating a calm, supportive writing environment.
Joining the Retreat
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You should be working on a book.
It can be a novel, a memoir or an essay collection. It can be an idea, an outline or proposal, a partial manuscript, or a draft that isn't singing yet.
You're not critiquing others' work in advance, so the experience level of your fellow writers isn't a big factor in your retreat. Live-editing commentary will be pitched to each writer's needs.
No problem! Your pages for feedback can be part of a book, a series of essays, or an idea and notes.
If you're working on a book, Allison will look at your synopsis and (proposed) chapter summaries with your pages.
If you're starting from an idea, or exploring your writing life, we'll use your pre-arrival coaching to set goals for your time. In that case, Live-editing will focus on your work-in-progress, and you can choose to submit your entire 75 pages for editorial feedback after the retreat.
Allison will help you strategize around children, partners and pets. If resources allow, consider a local hotel or Airbnb.
Your Time & Tech
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Your own computer and internet connection.
Our first day includes a brief Zoom orientation. Our group is small enough that it will be easy to communicate and ask questions in the moment.
We do ask that you please remain on camera during sessions unless you need a break; Allison teaches better when she can see questions in your body language (no makeup or real pants required!).
If you have accessibility concerns, let us know. We'll work with whatever technology you need to make the virtual retreat work for you.
Allison has worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. She wants to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.
You're responsible for your own food throughout the retreat. We'll have scheduled coffee-and-chat times, and you're always fine to snack on/off camera during Zoom chats.
write, relax, write some more
Allison shares a writer's pages on the Zoom screen, then edits the pages, talking through the suggestions and ideas as she goes. We discuss the writing together, with Allison also giving specific examples for each writer to apply particular feedback to their own work.
Live-editing feels intense, but having the group give your words their complete intention is a powerful experience.
You'll receive your edited pages, with comments and Track Changes, immediately after the session. Live-editing sessions are recorded for you to refresh or review the feedback for 30 days after the retreat.
Nope. You won't be reading group members' work in advance and noting points for discussion, nor will you give any written critique. In our Live-editing sessions, writers will approach each others' work as readers do: for the first time.
You'll receive feedback on up to 50 pages before the retreat, plus your synopsis or chapter summaries if desired. After the retreat, you'll receive feedback on another 25 pages of revisions or new work.
In your pre-retreat coaching session, we'll discuss your concept, voice, story, character and craft, as well as what you want to accomplish during the retreat, and set out a specific Work Plan. If you're at an early stage and don't have a lot of pages, we'll focus on your idea, purpose and process.
During the retreat, we'll all discuss our works-in-progress and publication goals. Publishing and craft seminars will include query & synopsis feedback and writing career advice.
After returning home, you'll have another 30-minute editorial call to check in and address questions or new challenges as you finish your draft.
To give each writer the individual and specific attention their manuscript needs, your cohort is limited to six people plus Allison.
Booking & Payment
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Rebirth Your Book accepts Venmo, Zelle, Canadian e-transfers, US checks, PayPal and credit cards via PayPal. There is a $100 discount for payments made without fees. Payments can be made as follows:
Or talk to us about a plan that works for you.
Rebirth Your Book/Rebirth Your Writing participates in AWP's Kurt Brown Prize, which awards $500 each year to emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. For more information, visit the AWP website.
Before You Arrive:
During the Retreat:
If you are unable to attend and we can fill your place from the waitlist, we will refund your tuition on a pro rata basis:
If you have not submitted your manuscript:
you may apply your $500 deposit to another Rebirth Your Book retreat, and you will be refunded any additional payments.
If your initial manuscript read has taken place and you have paid at least $1450:
we will still schedule your two coaching sessions and Work Plan, and you will be refunded payments over $1450. It may be possible to apply your $500 deposit to another retreat on a case-by-case basis.
If we can’t fill your place:
we’ll provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider, but any payments made are nonrefundable. If you have paid at least $1450, you will still receive your manuscript read and coaching sessions.
Refunds will be sent within 30 days of receipt of notice of cancellation.
Rebirth Your Book reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster or Act of God. In the event of cancellation of the retreat in its entirety, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. You agree to release Rebirth Your Book and its agents and/or representatives from any liability, including consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend. We will provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider for flights and other expenses not paid to Rebirth Your Book.