The Writing Gym ONLINE Retreat

November 1-3, 2024

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 the Writing Gym’s seasoned writing coaches

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

Sit in a small, intimate fireside chat with a top achieving author and ask all the burning questions you always wanted to know. 

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.

Afternoons will be spent working on your novel or getting inspiration during a sprint session. Each participant also gets a 1-1 session with Annalisa.


You can also sign up for our pitch slam and pitch directly to Katherine Sands of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She has been a popular speaker on writing and publishing topics for Poets & Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and countless writer conferences. Alternatively, you can pitch to Anna Termini, a publisher, who specializes in general fiction multi-media rights—think book and movie deals. Anna has been attending international publishing trade shows such as the Frankfurt and London book fairs for over 25 years and has developed a large network of industry professionals and friends throughout the world.

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.

Rachel McMillan is the author of “The Herringford and Watts Mysteries,” “The Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries,” “The Three Quarter Time Series,” “The London Restoration,” and “The Mozart Code.” Her non-fiction works include “Dream Plan Go: A Travel Guide for Independent Adventure” and “A Very Merry Holiday Movie Guide.” 

Rachel McMillan’s favorite thing in the world is books! She lives in Toronto, Canada, and when she is not reading or writing, she works as a literary agent for the William K Jensen Literary Agency. While other kids her age fell in love with Narnia and Avonlea, Rachel only ever wanted to go to Vienna. Fortunately, she has now spent a lot of time there exploring and writing, and Vienna plays a major part in many of her books. She loves church architectural history and is a classic movie buff. Rachel has seen the musical “Les Miserables” on three different continents. She is a lifelong Sherlockian and hails from a small town in Ontario set on a lake. She loves live theatre (especially musicals!) and enjoys traveling, but prefers to go solo. Rachel is scared of heights and her favorite food is sushi. She is addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies. Her favorite movie is “Master and Commander,” and her favorite TV shows are “Foyle’s War” and “Endeavour.”

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 Summea and her team of writing coaches.

Sample Schedule


Highlights of the retreat include:
– Craft and Writing Sessions, with feedback based on neuroscience
– A pitch slam and 1-1s with literary agents representing multiple genres
– Special fireside chat with new York Times Bestselling Author John David Mann PLUS a sneak preview of his forthcoming crime fiction novel

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.

Craft Sessions: Taking a Deep Dive into the Mechanics of Fiction

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

Professional Roundtable: Every year we invite a publishing professional to join us and talk about what’s happening in the publishing industry NOW, and how that impacts your author career. Past guests include Editor at large of Writers Digest; literary agents, and New York Times bestselling authors. 

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.

Pitch Fest: Past pitches to LMPBN, Sibylline Press, Talcott Notch Literary Agency, Writer’s Digest, and more. 


Saturday Evening

Fireside Chat with prolific & successful authors who will share their journey to publication.  This will be a laid-back discussion where you can chat and ask questions.


Salon and Neuroscience-based feedback. 

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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