2020 Outer Banks Retreat

The Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is pleased to present our FOURTH ever Writers’ Retreat.

Oct 25 – Nov 1, 2020

  • Recharge Your Creative Batteries
  • Work on Your Current Project or Try Your Hand at Writing Prompts
  • Brainstorm, Get Feedback from, and Enjoy the Company of Fellow Writers
  • Sessions on Plot Therapy, Storyboarding, and More

If you’re a writer, or just dream about being a writer, come experience the magic of a dedicated, focused writing retreat. We welcome writers of all stages: dreamers, beginning, pre-published and published. Even if you are an established author, you will benefit from a week of intense focus on your stories, your craft, and your career. We’ve got a great week planned, lots of fun activities and learning, but enough alone time for each of us to focus on our craft, and a little magic sprinkled in. We look forward to hearing from you!


  • Sunday – Arrive at Grande Paradise after 3 pm
  • ***Workshops at 4 pm, Mon-Sat
  • Monday – Appetizer Party with Beth Terrell’s Ice breaker session
  • Tuesday – Marketing Optics, Lynn Chandler Willis
  • Wednesday – Insight into the Writer Brain: how to tap into your imagination, Stacy Allen
  • Thursday – Seeing the potential in your story, Maggie Toussaint
  • Friday – Setting your Sights on Humor, Diane Kelly
  • Saturday – Creative Visions: as far as the mind can think, Beth Terrell
  • Any day – TBA, community activity
  • Saturday evening – Optional readings, 8 pm
  • Sunday – Leave by 10 a.m.

Beachfront House Amenities

  • 16 bedrooms, 17 ½ baths

  •  Free High-Speed Wireless Internet

  • Dedicated Home Theatre

  • Swimming Pool

  • Hot Tub

  • Elevator

  • Fireplace

  • Grill

  • Shuffleboard

  • Cable TV Programming

  • 27 Television(s)

  • Game Room

  • Pool Table

  • Foosball Table

  • Washer & Dryer

  • Outdoor Shower



  • $385 for Standard Bed*
  • $60 for an additional guest (non-participant)
  • $325 for Bunk Bed

*  (14 standard bedrooms: king, queen, and double-size beds)

Room assignments are made in order of completed registration, unless there’s a special need. No pets.

Cancellation & Refunds:

  • 90+ days prior – Full refund (minus a $25.00 admin fee)
  • 89-60 days prior – 50% refund (minus $25.00 admin fee)
  • 59-31 days prior – 25% refund (minus $25.00 admin fee)
  • 30 -0 days prior – No refund


Space is limited, so get your reservation in early.

To get the Registration Link, Email Maggie Toussaint at [email protected] 

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