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A writing retreat for fans of the #AmWriting and Mom Writes podcasts

& anyone who is ready to refocus their energy on getting to The End!

Join Jennie and KJ for an intensive writing retreat designed to help you start strong, get unstuck, or plan your revision using Jennie’s Two-Tier Outline system. Perfect for fiction and memoir writers who are serious about their work, ready to dig deep, and eager for hands-on help from the pros! You’ll come away with clarity and confidence to write forward.


Abby Mathews shares all the details about the Maine Retreat.

Where is it? The Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, ME

When is it? September 12 to 15, 2019: check in the afternoon of the 12th with dinner that evening, check out after breakfast on the 15th

How much is it? $1,800 which includes all your food and lodging for the retreat

Who else will be there? A small group of awesome writers who are committed to taking a giant leap forward in their own work; Jennie Nash and Abby Mathews from Author Accelerator and the Mom Writes podcast, and KJ Dell’Antonia, from the #AmWriting podcast. We’ve also invited the rest of the crew from Mom Writes and #AmWriting! We will update our guest list as people confirm!

Is it for novelists? Memoir writers? Yes and yes! Sorry, this retreat is not suitable for self-help writers or picture book writers.

What makes this retreat so exciting? As if working in person with Jennie Nash wasn’t enough! If you’re a fan of the #AmWriting podcast or the Mom Writes podcast, you’ll also get to participate in the amazing conversations that the hosts of podcasts will be conducting. We also want to help you get your mojo back by offering daily yoga and relaxation classes. And every registration comes with a pass to Acadia, so if you’re the wandering type or like to take walks, you are free to explore the park. And, of course, time to WRITE!

The Two-Tier outline lends itself to a lot of social interaction, so bring your writing group & writing friends!

Whoo hooo! How do I sign up?? Just click the registration below.

Two Inspiring Instructors


Jennie Nash specializes in helping writers break through to a deeper level on their book projects.

She is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Author Accelerator, a book coaching program that provides feedback, accountability, and support to writers so they can finish their books—and finish strong. Writers coming through Author Accelerator have recently been selected as PitchWars mentees, Women’s Fiction Writer's’Association prize-winners and SCBWI rising stars. Jennie's own coaching clients regularly land top New York agents and book deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Ten Speed. Jennie is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers, and taught for twelve years at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program.

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KJ Dell’Antonia is a writer and the co-host of the #AmWriting podcast and a regular contributor to the New York Times, where she covers the personal and policy aspects of parenthood. She is the author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every MinuteReading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos, and is working on her first novel. She wrote and edited the Motherlode blog at the Times from 2011 until 2016 and was a contributing editor to the Well Family section from 2016-2017, and occasionally guest hosts NHPR's The Exchange. Before taking over Motherlode, she was one of Slate’s XXFactor bloggers and a contributor to Slate, where she covered parenting and a broad range of subjects, from legal issues to pop culture. Before quitting her day job, KJ practiced law at Cravath, Swaine and Moore and the New York County District Attorney's office. KJ lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four children and assorted horses, chickens, dogs and cats.

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Plus you get to meet Abby!

Abby Mathews is Jennie’s cohost on the Mom Writes Podcast and the manager of community engagement at Author Accelerator.

She will be the official Den Mother for the retreat.

If you’re interested in yoga and relaxation classes…

We will offer two different classes:

Yoga for Beginners—This relaxing program will blend mindful pranayama (breathing exercises) with sukshma vyayama (subtle yoga exercises) and a brief meditation. Easy to learn, these gentle yoga practices can help to relieve tension, soothe your nervous system, and recharge and balance your energy. No prior experience necessary, but please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion or thick towel so you can sit comfortably on the floor. Yoga mat optional. (approximately 30-45 minutes)


Hatha Yoga— A Hatha-based yoga practice that moves through 40 postures, which combine the precision of therapeutic yoga with the foundations of traditional yoga. The series is a cardiovascular workout that loosens, strengthens and tones the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress. Great for getting your creative juices flowing! No prior experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion, towel, or mat. (approximately 1 hour)

Our yoga instructors

Shota Aki is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor who has been studying and practicing yoga for over a decade. He is currently working on his Advanced 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate at Bethel Farm Yoga (, which will satisfy all the requirements for Yoga Alliance Certification. When he is not in the yoga studio, he's usually outdoors: split-boarding on mountainsides, cycling on back roads, or paddle-boarding on the lakes and ponds of New Hampshire.

Laura Franzini is a 300-hour certified yoga instructor working on her Advanced 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Laura wears many hats and is also the managing editor at Author Accelerator!

But where exactly IS it, you may ask.

Take a look and see why we chose a beautiful spot that’s off the beaten path. It’s inspired artists for many years. Come and let it inspire your writing!


+ Where will I stay?

Please let us know if you have a roommate request. Most rooms at the Schoodic Institute have private bedrooms in shared apartments. The apartments are either 4 bedrooms with 2 half baths and one full, or 2 bedrooms with one full bath.

+ How will I get there?

If you aren’t within driving distance to Winter Harbor, ME, we suggest flying in to Bangor International Airport. From there it's an hour and 15 minute drive to Scoodic. If we have enough interest, we will look at running a shuttle.

+ What happens if I can't attend the retreat?

We offer a 30-day cancellation window. This means that within the first 30 days, you can cancel your participation in our writing retreat with a full refund, minus an administration fee. If you decide to cancel within 30-days of the start of the retreat, there are no refunds given, as it is unlikely that, due to the nature of the in-person retreats- we will be able to fill your seat. If you find yourself needing to cancel in the window between, Author Accelerator will grant a 50% refund. Author Accelerator offers highly structured programs that are not right for all writers. Consequently, we reserve the right to refuse service to any prospective or existing customer if we feel the retreat isn’t the right fit for you. If the cancelation is on our part, we will honor a refund.

+ Will there be other Author Accelerator writing retreats?

Yes! The best way to find out about these is to subscribe to the Author Accelerator newsletter.

+ Still have questions?

Email Abby at