Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

What do these acclaimed authors have in common? Tony Doerr. Alan Heathcock. Lance Olsen. Jennifer Basye Sander. Answer: Each one has been a guest speaker at the “Write by the River” Writer’s Retreat at my cabin in the Southfork Landing development in Garden Valley.

Joanne Pence, Gretchen Anderson, and Amanda Turner are three more notable writers who have presented workshops at the retreat. We’ve also learned from a web designer, an agent, a self-publisher, and a cowboy poet. Attendance is limited to 24, so participants experience personal attention from successful writers and publishing experts. Participants also read from their own work as they enjoy the inspirational location in a custom cabin near the south fork of the Payette River in Garden Valley. And, the day always ends with a glass of wine and some robust conversations on the porch. Just watch out for the wild critters.

You really should be a part of the fourth annual retreat scheduled for August 12-14. Guest speakers include author Kim Barnes who is the recipient of several national literary awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Robert Wrigley, a poet who has received several prestigious awards including six Pushcart Prizes. This year’s retreat also includes Doug Copsey, Gretchen Anderson and Amanda Turner.

The cost for the retreat is $150 to cover expenses for the speakers, all materials, the Friday evening reception, a light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch, dinner and snacks on Saturday. ($125 for members of the Idaho Writer’s Guild.) You can commute the one-hour scenic drive from Boise or find a place in Garden Valley. The rustic Garden Valley Inn is within hollering distance from the retreat. The registration form is included on this web site under the cleverly titled “Writers Retreats” button. We’re already receiving reservations, so complete and mail the form soon.

We’d love to include you in this year’s retreat, and we promise that there WILL be learning, laughter, and literary largesse. (Sorry for the gratuitous alliteration, but it’s my blog.)

Published in Elaine's Blog
Sunday, 03 April 2011 19:57

2012 Write by the River Writer's Retreat

Write by the River

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Garden Valley, Idaho

Only $50

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the fifth annual Write by the River Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise. This year’s theme:

 

Get Published:

  • New York Publishing House
  • Regional Press
  • Self-Publish

Saturday, Sept. 29

9:30 am – Registration and Introductions, Coffee, Juice

9:45 - Speaker: Jennifer Basye Sander - Get Published: Facts about the  New York Publishing Houses

wr-2012-sanderJennifer Basye Sander has been an author and book packager for nearly 20 years. She is the co-author of the best-selling book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published. Her career has spanned all aspects of the business, from retail sales and book acquisition to editorial and publicity. She co-founded the Big City Books Group, which develops book projects and she is the author, co-author, or ghost author of more than 50 successful books in print. Jennifer lives in Sacramento, California. Find details about her writing retreats at www.writebythelake.com

11:30 – Lunch on the Deck

         Writing Assignment

1:00 - Speaker: Doug Copsey - Get Published:  Facts about Local and Regional Presses

wr-2012-copseyFor more than 30 years, Doug Copsey has shared his unique brand of innovation and insight to film, television, and radio productions for satisfied clients worldwide. He is the author of four books, seven screenplays, and hundreds of magazine articles. He is a founder and leader of the Idaho Writers Guild, and he helped create and organize the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He is the author of With our Good Will – 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho published by Caxton Press in Caldwell. Doug lives in Boise, Idaho. Find more details at www.dougcopseyproductions.com

2:00 – Break

Book Signing with Authors

Snacks and Conversations

3:00 - Speaker: Stacy Dymalski - Get Published: Facts about Successful Self-Publishing

wr-2012-dymalskiStacy Dynalski is an award-winning standup comic, filmmaker, and writer. She writes with humor and presents funny talks about the delicate balance between career and how to be a parent who doesn’t screw up one’s own kids. Her self-published book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom is a delightful collection of stories about one exhausted parent's take on carpools, room mothers, high school band, and hernias. Stacy lives in Park City, Utah. Find her blog at web.me.com/stacy_dymalski/Writer

4:00 – Postscript: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine Ambrose is the author of six books, and the co-author of two books, including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She owns Mill Park Publishing, winner of the 2012 IPPY Award. Her author and blog web site is www.ElaineAmbrose.com, and her business web site is www.MillParkPublishing.com

5:00 – Retreat Ends - Write On!

To keep costs down, this year’s retreat will be one day instead of three. Cost of $50 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. Authors will have books available for purchase. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road, turn right on Southfork Lane, and it’s the first home on the right.

Former retreat speakers include Alan Heathcock, Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, and Amanda Turner. Seven past participants have successfully written and published books in the past three years.

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