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July 17-21, 2024

Join us for a five-day, small-group writing retreat at America’s HQ for family entertainment and outdoor adventures, Branson, Missouri. The retreat will take place at the luxurious Grand Oaks Hotel, which is offering participants a significantly reduced rate and a generous breakfast each day of your stay.

For just $599, this retreat will inspire you and move you forward in your writing journey! Registration for the hotel is separate. Attendance is limited, so register today!


“I’ve gained invaluable knowledge and found a community of like-minded individuals at WriterCon. This event has been a great source of inspiration and support for me. I attended my first WriterCon in 2022, followed by another in 2023. In addition, I’ve participated in two small-group WriterCon retreats and even went on a WriterCon cruise in 2023. Thanks to the amazing instructors and supportive community, I have become a two-time award-winning author and, more importantly, made lifelong friends.”


Jenny  LaBranche

“Family can be a double-edged sword. I finally let my daughter read some of my work. I’ve been reluctant, as she’s been very critical. As she read, she kept saying, ‘this is really good. The retreats are paying off big time.’ I’ve learned more about what I don’t know and it’s been a help. Having fun and kind instructors isn’t a hardship either.”
Katrina Stephenson


We will meet for five days, Wednesday through Sunday, at least four hours a day. We will fill those sessions with critique, interactive discussions of various writing and publishing topics, editing, and much more. You will submit a partial manuscript before the retreat begins so your instructors, William and Lara Bernhardt, will be familiar with your work and ready to offer useful feedback when you arrive. We will also have freetime optional activities, dinners, and other fun surprises. Best of all, you will meet your new writing family, people with whom you can consult, commiserate, or collaborate long after the retreat ends. Many retreat groups we’ve taught have remained in touch and become close-knit writer families.


We will meet at the beautiful Grand Oaks Hotel in Branson. While you are not required to stay there to attend the retreat, we highly recommend it, not only for the convenience, but also for the proximity to both Branson entertainment sites and gorgeous outdoor hiking and scenic locations.


To make your room reservation, call 800.553.6423. Tell them you’re with the WriterCon Retreat and use the code #25651 to get the discounted rate!