“Renewing Your Purpose”
April (25)26-28, 2024 – CAMP-of-the-WOODS, NY

 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13 NLT

(schedule subject to change)

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 – PRE RETREAT

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4 p.m.5 p.m.Check-in for Thursday arrivalsFront Desk
4 p.m.5:00 p.m.Authors check-in books at reNEW Book Table Purdy Center Lobby
4:15 p.m.5:15 p.m.“Get to know each other”
First Timers Orientation
Returnees Reception
TBD
5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.DinnerPurdy Center Dining Room
7:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Evening Prayers
with Jennifer Drummond and guest
Purdy Center Lobby
8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Night Owl Session
“Excellent smartphone photos: How to take photos, edit and use them for writing/speaking” – photographer Marla Darius
TBD

FRIDAY, April 26 – PRE RETREAT

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7:00 a.m.Early Morning Coffee Purdy Center Lobby
7:15 a.m.8:00 a.m.Morning Prayer
with Jennifer Drummond and guest
Purdy Center Lobby
7:30 a.m.8:00 a.m.Morning Prayer Walk Meet outside Purdy Center Lobby
8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.BreakfastPurdy Center Dining Room
9:15 a.m.11:45 a.m.Optional Critique, Coaching, Spiritual Direction and Headshot Appointments
Orientation of facilities and campus with COTW staff
Booking Details:
Critiques & Coaching
Spiritual Direction


Headshots
12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.LunchPurdy Center Dining Room
1:15 p.m.2:15 p.m.One-Hour Write-In Session led by faculty and alumniTBD
2:30 p.m.3:45 p.m.Early Bird Workshops
Writing All Your Wrongs: Editing that Transforms Your Novel* – Tessa Afshar
The Third Path: A Journey for Writers on the Path of Questioning Session 1 – Eva Marie Everson
A Speaker’s Heart* – Cynthia Fantasia
Plan to Persevere – Lori Roeleveld
How to Write and Speak About Hard Topics* – Kia Stephens
Turning Your Story Into a Screenplay or Stage Play* – Lauren Yarger
See Workshop List

Self-planned writing time is available until 4 pm (specific room to be assigned).

FRIDAY, April 26 – MAIN RETREAT

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1 p.m.3:30 p.m.Check-In for Friday arrivalsFront Desk
1 p.m.3:30 p.m.Authors check-in books at reNEW Book TablePurdy Center Lobby
1:15 p.m.2:15 p.m.One-Hour Write-In Session led by faculty and alumniTBD
2:30 p.m.3:45 p.m.Early Bird Workshops – see Thursday above.
See Workshop List
3 p.m.4 p.m.reNEW Book TableBuirkle Center
4 p.m.5:30 p.m.Welcome with Director Rachel Britton
Keynote:
“Renewing Your Purpose”
Rachel Britton
Book Celebration with Rachel Britton, Heidi Chiavaroli and Lori Roeleveld
Buirkle Center
5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.DinnerPurdy Center Dining Room
6:45 p.m.8:30 p.m.Worship + more
Keynote:
“What is That You Have in Your Hand”
Eva Marie Everson
Buirkle Center
8:30 p.m.9 p.m.reNEW Book Table – Author signings Purdy Center Lobby
9 p.m.10 p.m.Night Owl Session:
Unveiling Your Real-Life Stories” – Myra Ingargiola
Purdy Center Social Hall
See Workshop List

Self-planned writing time is available until 4 pm (specific room to be assigned).

SATURDAY, April 27 – MAIN RETREAT

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7 a.m.Early Morning CoffeePurdy Center Lobby
7:15 a.m.8 a.m.Morning Prayer with Jennifer Drummond + guestPurdy Center Lobby
7:30 a.m.8 a.m.Morning Prayer Walk Meet outside Purdy Center Lobby
8 a.m.9 a.m.BreakfastPurdy Center Dining Room
9:15 a.m.10:30 a.m.Workshops:
How to Start and Grow Your Email List – Heidi Chiavaroli
The Third Path: A Journey for Writers on the Path of Questioning Session 2 – Eva Marie Everson
The Speaker and the Listener – Ensuring the “Twain” Shall Meet – Cynthia Fantasia
Step Up and Step Over Imposter Syndrome – Cindy Saab
From Blog to Book Deal: 10 Practical Steps You Can Take to Get Published – Kia Stephens
The Art of Critical Writing – Lauren Yarger
See Workshop List
10:45 a.m.12 p.m.Workshops:
Deep Point of View: The Secrets of Writing an Immersive Story – Tessa Afshar
The Third Path: A Journey for Writers on the Path of Questioning Session 3 – Eva Marie Everson
A Speaker’s Heart* – Cynthia Fantasia
10 Disturbing Ways God May Use Your Writing – Lori Roeleveld
Growing Your Audience By Focusing on a Niche Market – Kia Stephens
Turning Your Story Into a Screenplay or Stage Play* – Lauren Yarger
See Workshop List
12 p.m.1 p.m.LunchPurdy Center Dining Room
1:15 p.m.2:15 p.m.Panel Discussion with our experts on building your platform and marketing your books.Buirkle Center
2:15 p.m.4:15 p.m.reNEW Book TablePurdy Center Lobby
2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.Hike – Angela NicoleMeet outside Purdy Center Lobby
2:15 p.m.5:30 p.m.Free Time/Recreation OptionsVarious Locations
2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.Two-Hour Write-In Session led by faculty and alumniTBD
3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Optional Critique, Coaching, Spiritual Direction and Headshot AppointmentsBooking Details:
Critiques & Coaching
Spiritual Direction


Headshots
5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.DinnerPurdy Center Dining Room
6:45 p.m.Group PhotoBuirkle Center
7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.Worship + more
Keynote:
“Writing and Speaking Abour Hard Topics in Hard Times” Kia Stephens
Buirkle Center
8:30 p.m.9 p.m.reNEW Book TablePurdy Center Lobby
8:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.Community CampfireLakeside

Self-planned writing time is available throughout the day (specific room to be assigned).

SUNDAY, April 28 – MAIN RETREAT

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7 a.m.Early Morning CoffeePurdy Center Lobby
7:15 a.m.8 a.m.Morning Prayer with Jennifer Drummond + guestPurdy Center Lobby
7:30 a.m.8 a.m.Morning Prayer Walk Meet outside Purdy Center Lobby
8 a.m.9 a.m.BreakfastPurdy Center Dining Room
9:15 a.m.10:15 a.m.One-Hour Write-In Session with faculty and alumniTBD
9:15 a.m.10:30 a.m.Workshops:
The Beauty of Blogging – Rachel Britton
Creating Compelling Characters – Heidi Chiavaroli
The Third Path: A Journey for Writers on the Path of Questioning Session 4 – Eva Marie Everson
Goal Setting for Goal-Resistant Writers – Lori Roeleveld
See Workshop List
10:45 a.m.12 p.m.Worship Service + more
Sermon – Tessa Afshar
“For Such A Time As This: Learning to Navigate the Seasons of the Writing Life”
Communion with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Fantasia
Buirkle Center
12 p.m.12:30 p.m.Book Table Buirkle Center
12:15 p.m.Shuttle leaves for Albany airportFront of Purdy Office
12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.Takeway LunchPurdy Center Dining Room
12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.Checkout & Safe Travels!Front Desk

Self-planned writing time is available until 10:45 am (specific room to be assigned).