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Discover new writing retreats and find out why attending one might be the best investment for your writing and publishing goals.

What do you need to reach your writing and publishing goals?

Are you a writer who:

  • struggles to find time to write?
  • needs extra support getting your story out of your head and onto paper?
  • has a story to tell and want to know how a writing retreat will help you before committing time and money?

Whichever situation you can relate to, you’re in the right place!

In this episode of the Writing Retreat Sampler, author, editor, and writing coach Kathryn Kay will:

  • cover helpful tips on what to look for in a writing retreat to inspire, motivate you, and support you.
  • showcase her retreat so you get a feel for the different types out there.
  • share her best ideas on how to keep momentum going after the retreat is over.

If this is what you’re looking for, you won’t want to miss this event.

Writing Retreat Sampler featuring Niagara-On-The-Lake Writers’ Retreat

Join Andi Cumbo and Caroline Topperman, hosts of Niagara-On-The-Lake Writers’ Retreat as they talk with Writing Retreat Sampler host, Lisa Shaughnessy, about their upcoming retreat in Ontario, Canada.

The 30 minute presentation/interview will be followed by a live Q&A session so you can ask all the questions you have about the writing retreat and how one can help you up level your writing.

Register now to get this event on your calendar!

Meet Our Speakers

Andi Cumbo

I’m a writer and editor. I love to read narratives – stories that tell us more about other people and ourselves. My favorite genres are magical realism, mysteries, and essays, but I read widely and as much as I can.

I used to say I wrote mostly creative nonfiction – and that’s still where my heart and words most feel at peace – but I’ve also written some YA novels and a few books about the writing life, too. Plus, I’m now writing cozy mysteries under a pen name, ACF Bookens, and soon I hope to have some mid-life rom coms out under my pen name Andrea Cumbo. Most of my books are self-published, but I also co-authored Plantation Jesus, a book about racism in the Christian church with Skot Welch and Rick Wilson that was published by the wonderful Herald Press.

Additionally, I provide coaching for folks who’d like a little accountability and support in their writing journey. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature, and I’ve taught at several colleges and universities all around the country including George Mason University, Cecil College, Stevenson University, Santa Clara University, and Solano College.

Caroline Topperman

I am a European-Canadian writer, entrepreneur, dancer, and world traveler. Born in Sweden, raised in Canada, I hold a BFA with a specialization in screenwriting. While completing my degree, I script-doctored an award-winning screenplay. More recently, I spent 4 years living in Poland but am currently back in Canada. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, and I speak fluent English, Polish, and French,

Never one to say no to a new opportunity, I’ve worked in the fashion and beauty industries, sold insurance, and aftermarket car upgrades, did a stint in real estate, and I’ve even owned a Pilates studio that was frequented by A-list celebrities.

My screenwriting degree has taught me to be aware of the details, to be present and in the moment with writing. As the founder of the popular blog, StyleOnTheSide, I’m here to share my personal experiences, insights and ultimately give you permission to step outside of your box and discover your own unique voice. I am an Author Accelerator certified book coach, as well as a developmental editor.

My book, Tell Me What You See, is a visual prompt journal to help you see the world through a new lens.

Niagara-On-The-Lake Writers’ Retreat

Our focus will be on connecting with ourselves and each other. Each day will include quiet writing time, guided writing to help you explore aspects of your work and yourself, and group discussions on the craft and business of writing.

Everyone gets 3 days of quality programming, and 1 day all to yourself to disappear into your writing and/or explore the Niagara region. You decide if you want to arrive a day early or stay a day longer. You can delve into your manuscript, visit wineries, hike the gorge, or simply wander through the picturesque streets of historic Niagara on the Lake. Not only that, but The South Landing Inn has been reserved exclusively for our use. No need to worry about other guests getting in the way!

Find out more about the Niagara-On-The-Lake Writers’ Retreat and connect with Andi and Caroline on social media:

Niagara-On-The-Lake Writers’ Retreat website




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