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Tuition for Writing Retreat at The Biltmore April 2024
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$2,995.00

Tuition for Writing Retreat at The Biltmore April 2024


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2024 Retreat Dates:

April 10 - 14, 2024

Retreat Faculty

Our Generative Writing Workshop for Fiction & Nonfiction writers is led by acclaimed novelist and New York Times columnist Diana Spechler. Diana, who has led our destination retreats to Dublin, Paris, and Hawaii, will head to Asheville to guide participants through the nuances of character development, plot structuring, and engaging narrative voice, making this an ideal opportunity for aspiring and seasoned writers alike. Whether you're working on a novel, a memoir, or short stories, this cohort will provide the tools and inspiration to bring your ideas to life. Participants will benefit from Diana's expertise in storytelling, gaining insights into the publishing world and honing their craft for potential publication.

Our Life Letters Workshop is led by Nancy Sharp, an award-winning author, speaker and storytelling coach. Inspired by the decades-old curriculum of Guided Autobiography and the ancient tradition of writing ethical wills and legacy letters, the Life Letters Workshop is for individuals of all backgrounds who are passionate about articulating what matters most—family and personal lore, deeply held values, life lessons, and memorable  stories. Benefits of this track include enhanced self-understanding, alignment with personal values, and strengthened family relationships across generations. The Life Letter is a gift to yourself, your loved ones, and your community, today and over time. In many instances, it can also forge a path to publication.

Lodging at The Biltmore

The Life Letters Retreat takes place at The Biltmore. Only here will you find America’s Largest Home® nestled amid 8,000 acres of manicured gardens and thoughtfully designed landscapes, an award-winning Winery, and myriad dining, shopping, and outdoor pursuits…all in one unforgettably beautiful place.

*Each participant will have their own room. If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.


Retreat Tuition

Tuition is $2,995 for participants who stay at The Village Hotel at the Biltmore Estate. Tuition includes the following:
  • Daily breakfast and four nights at the historic Biltmore Estate.
  • Generative Writing Sessions led by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
  • Personalized guidance and coaching by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
  • Afternoon group activities including visits to The Biltmore House and Gardens, Downtown Asheville, and The Biltmore Winery.
  • Opening night reception and dinner.
  • Closing night happy hour reception and reading.
  • A once in a lifetime experience.
  • For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a Life Letter Keepsake Folder & Box: an enduring gift for you, your loved ones, and community.
  • For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a video recording of you reading your Life Letter.
  • Note: If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.
  • Expanded FAQ at the bottom of this page.

FAQ

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $2,995 for participants who stay at The Village Hotel at the Biltmore Estate.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or  opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.

What does tuition include? 


Tuition is $2,995 for participants who stay at The Village Hotel at the Biltmore Estate. Tuition includes the following:
  • Daily breakfast and four nights at the historic Biltmore Estate.
  • Generative Writing Sessions led by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
  • Personalized guidance and coaching by Nancy Sharp and Diana Spechler
  • Afternoon group activities including visits to The Biltmore House and Gardens, Downtown Asheville, and The Biltmore Winery.
  • Opening night reception and dinner.
  • Closing night happy hour reception and reading.
  • A once in a lifetime experience.
  • For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a Life Letter Keepsake Folder & Box: an enduring gift for you, your loved ones, and community.
  • For Nancy's Life Letters Group: a video recording of you reading your Life Letter.
  • Note: If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.
  • Expanded FAQ at the bottom of this page.


What is the tuition payment schedule? 

If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within 14 days of acceptance. You can pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm or Shop Pay at checkout. 

What is your refund policy for The Biltmore Retreat?

Given the intimate nature of our destination workshops and our own, non-refundable deposit schedule as organizers, our refund policy is as follows: 

90+ days before your trip, tuition payment minus a $500 deposit is fully refundable.  

60+ days before your trip: 50% of your tuition is refundable.  

30+ days before your: 25% of your tuition is refundable.  

Less than 30 days before your trip: no refunds can be offered.

 

Where is the hotel and workshop venue?

Set amid 75 acres of formal and informal gardens and 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore House in historic Ashville, NC, was commissioned by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and is known as America’s Largest Home ®. Asheville Regional Airport is the nearest airport to the Biltmore. The address for the entrance to Biltmore Estate is 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803.

Can I bring my spouse/partner? 

If you would like to bring your spouse/partner please let us know. Tuition will be discounted for your spouse/partner less the cost of the hotel room.

What will happen if Nancy Sharp or Diana Spechler is physically unable to attend for any reason?

In the event the Life Letters Retreat workshop leader, Nancy Sharp, is physically unable to attend the retreat for any reason, Lisa Culhane will step in to lead the retreat in Nancy's place. Lisa Culhane is a Martha Beck certified life coach and Guided Autobiography instructor. She has also completed the Life Letters experience with Nancy.

What will you do with my email?

We respect your privacy. We will only use your email to send you  information about Writing Workshops. We won't sell or rent your  email to other organizations.

I have a question not answered here.

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