The Writing Gym ONLINE Retreat  March 11-13, 2022

Join us for a writing event like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

You struggle to find the time to write, away from distraction, to find the inspiration to get the writing done and get it done well.

Wait no more.

We’ve been given the gift of time, quiet, and solitude. Let’s use it!

If you want to be a writer, this where you need to be.

You’ll write every morning in a group guided salon, lead by seasoned writing coach Annalisa Parent.

Spend 3 days getting inspiration, finding community with other writers, and getting QUALITY feedback on your writing. 

Special Author Guests will be in attendance.

What is it like to write with Annalisa?

Here at the Writing Gym we believe that every writing experience should integrate your body and mind, to bring you into a place of full inspiration. You will participate in integrated creativity sessions, based on neuroscience, as well as writing salons where you will receive detailed confidence-inspiring feedback on your writing.

Afternoons will be spent working on your novel or getting inspiration during a sprint session.  You can also sign up for our pitch slam, and pitch directly to LMBPN Publishing (specializing in sci/fantasy) or Literary Agent Anna Termini (Specializing in general fiction multi-media rights–think book AND movie deal)

We limit our online retreats to 20 participants to create a safe, nurturing space in which your writing can flourish and you can experience true community.You’ll work in small groups, and bond with your fellow writers. 

Meet New York Times Best Selling Author John David Mann

Every online retreat includes a Saturday Night Fireside Chat. This is your chance to meet in an intimate setting with the writers who have blazed a trail before you. They will share their journey, top tips, and pitfalls to avoid. 

You will laugh, ask questions, and enjoy the company of those who love the written word as you do.

For the Summer 2021 Retreat, we welcome new York Times bestselling author John David Mann. He will share his journey to becoming a best selling author, talk about how he was able to publish in multiple genres, PLUS get an exclusive sneak peak of the sequel to Crime-fiction award nominee STEAL FEAR, COLD FEAR.

Every participant who pre-orders a copy of his book will receive a free e-book in advance of the retreat.


The Online Writing Experience

What will the group writing time look like?

We will meet through Zoom. We will be able to see and hear each other, share documents, write on a white board together: this is the closest approximation we can have to being in the same physical room.

You will break out into smaller groups for discussion, sharing, feedback, and more–then come together for large groups sessions.

“I haven’t written this much in 21 years. The prompt, the feedback. It tapped into something new for me.” Rick, recent salon participant 

Create Time AWAY

We’ve been given this amazing gift of quiet and time. While at the Writing Gym Online Retreat, you will give yourself the time away, the sanctuary, you need to get the writing done, and to nurture your best writer.  

Come find the calm in the storm with us.

The Writing Day

Each day begins
with a writing salon.

At the retreat you will also have afternoons to work on your writing in quiet, and to get professional feedback on your writing from professional writing coach, Annalisa Parent.

Sample Schedule


Write. Get quality FEEDBACK. Meet 1-1 with your writing coach. Get first-hand advice from a prominent author.

Pitch your idea to a literary agent. Get feedback on your pitch and market viability.

Discuss how to get a six-figure advance with New York Times bestselling author Kel Kade in an intimate fireside chat.

Enjoy the camaraderie of positive writers, doing what you’re doing, with the same goals.

Come away refreshed, revived–and with the pages DONE.


Highlights: Meet your fellow participants.

Laugh in icebreakers.

Write in your first salon of the retreat.


Saturday Morning

Ease into creativity by creating flow in your brain with our morning meet.

Prime the creative pump by putting your inner critic where it belongs.

Writing Salon. Unleash your full creative potential in a guided writing session with feedback based on neuroscience.

Craft Session Deep Dive 
Tension is a phenomenon that results from the structure of a scene.

, Tension can be a difficult aspect of a story to get right. Proper application of Tension in a scene will force the reader to keep turning pages. This Craft element puts the Author where they need to be: in control of the flow of the story and the reader’s experience of it.

Saturday Afternoon

TIME TO WRITE Work on pages, with the accountability of a group writing session.
Heads down, fingers on keyboard, chapters written

Join your writing coach for a 1-1 session to discuss pages, your publishing career–anything you’ve wanted to talk to your writing coach about. 

Pitch your book to top-level agents and publishers. 

SUMMER 23 Pitchfest: Sibylline Press, LMBPN Press…and more. 

This is a golden opportunity to get top-notch writing advice and personalized feedback from publishing professionals, published authors, and expert writing coaches, all from the comfort of your home.


Saturday Evening

Fireside Chat with prolific & successful authors Matt Dickerson and David O’Hara. This will be a laid-back discussion where you can chat and ask questions.



Craft Discussion

Writing Time

Sharing and Celebrations


Space is limited, so if you want to take your writing to
a new level apply for this amazing opportunity today.

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