+Writers Retreat at The Stanley Hotel+
October 23rd-27th, 2014
My name is R.J. Cavender and I love working with horror writers.
That's why I'm hosting this writers retreat at the historic and haunted birthplace of Stephen King's The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
If you want to join us, simply register by choosing a package, then we'll give you the details on how to receive the group rate at the hotel when you make your reservations.
*Editing Packages and Event Registration does not include your hotel room or transportation fees. Hotel room rates are listed at the bottom of the page.*
But if you register now, you have an entire year to make your travel plans. And your registration does include all our group discount perks, select editing packages, inclusion on any outings/trips over the weekend, and a guaranteed tour of Room 217.
I'll be setting up daily critique groups and nightly dinners, giving those interested a chance to hang out with fellow authors. But these aren't mandatory, and if you'd just like time alone to write, you can do that too! We don't want to set a rigid schedule or any programming that would take away from your writing time, since this is a retreat and not a convention or conference. So no dealers room, and limited programming. Instead we're offering a unique experience with a great group of authors and publishing professionals, in a fantastic hotel with a history steeped in horror (fiction?)
Each package includes different perks that should fit the need of all authors, whether you're looking for some feedback and a polishing of your work...or you're just needing a great place to write and get away. Let us host your once-in-a-lifetime writing escape, and we'll promise you a great time in a scenic and spooky locale.
For the last few years I've served as the pitch session coordinator for two horror writers conventions, one of which I was also a co-chair. So I've had some solid experience seeing how hosting events operates from the inside. If we meet our goals, the funds will cover travel and event costs for two editors to be present and available to work with authors at the event, and will also cover the cost to rent a van to take authors on day trips into Estes Park. Stretch goals will go toward bringing in another editor to cover author edits and a possible end-of-event party. I'm not looking to line my pockets or make a profit from this first venture, as this will be a 'working vacation' for myself, as many events like this have been for the last few years. I just want to put on a great event, with some talented authors, in a wonderful location...something that we'll all remember for years to come. I hope you find this idea as exciting as I do, and I truly hope you'll join us for this unique and haunting writing experience!
Group discount tickets will be available through the hotel for the Friday night Murder Mystery dinner at The Stanley Hotel and the annual Shining Ball on Saturday night, as well! Group rates are also available for ghost tours of the hotel. I'll also be looking into group discounts for tours of Estes Park and any other sort of savings that I can pass along to our guests. I just want our writers to have a chance to get some work done...but be ready for fun when the occasion arises, as well.
Event registrations/packages are transferable, but non-refundable. If you're not entirely sure if you can make it, please don't register. Funds for this event will be spent as they come in, securing rooms, vehicles, and other event expenses. Cancellations will create problems, so commit to this now...don't flake out...and we'll see you then!
Fees for cancellation with the hotel and every last detail to reserve rooms are listed below. Confirmation of perk/package redemption will be within 24-hours, with instructions on how to redeem your room discounts at The Stanley Hotel once you've registered.
We hope to see you next October!
Confirmed Authors Guest List
== Updated 12/01/2013 ==
Querus "Q" Abuttu – Sapient Farm
Al Carlisle – I'm Not Guilty
E.A. Black – The Oily, We're All Mad Here
Kristin Dearborn – Sacrifice Island, Trinity
Sèphera Girón – Captured Souls, Flesh Failure
Theresa Glover – The Unbidden
Amity Green – Scales, A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre
April Grey – Chasing The Trickster, St. Nick's Favor
Eric Grizzle – Horror Library Volume 3
Deb Hoag – Crashin' the Real, Queer and Loathing on the Yellow Brick Road
Brad C. Hodson – Darling, The Mud Angel
Nikki Hopeman – Habeas Corpse, Mistresses of the Macabre
Shannon Lee – Mythic Blood, Read Us Or Die
Chris Marrs – Everything Leads Back To Alice
Rena Mason – The Evolutionist, East End Girls
Mike McCarty – Werewolf Bloodlines: Gemini Rising
Lisa Morton – Malediction, Netherworld
Jack Night – Dead of Winter
David Price – Dead in the USA, Dangers Untold
Delia Remington – Ma Chère Antoinne
Tina Rooker – Bones: The Anthology
Liz Schulte – The Ninth Floor, Dark Corners
Mark Scioneaux – co-author of Slipway Grey & Cannibal Fat Camp
Ian Withrow – Horror Library Volume 5
Stacy Scranton-Morgan -- Official Event Photographer
About Your Hosts/Editors
R.J. Cavender is an Associate Member of the Horror Writers Association of America and the twice Bram Stoker Award®-nominated editor of the +Horror Library+ anthology series from Cutting Block Press. Horror Library IV (co-edited with Boyd E. Harris) won the 2010 reader's choice Black Quill Award from Dark Scribe Magazine in the Best Dark Genre Anthology category.
R.J. is also a publishing consultant and co-editor of the
Bram Stoker Award-nominated Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology,
which includes stories by award-winning authors Jack Ketchum, Ray
Garton, Ramsey Campbell, and Benjamin Kane Ethridge. R.J. is the
resident horror specialist at The Editorial Department, Managing Editor
horror at Dark Regions Press, an acquisitions editor at Blood Bound
Books, and pitch session coordinator for World Horror
His favorite novel is The Shining.
Chris Morey has edited the works of Joe R. Lansdale, Tom Piccirilli, Jeff Strand, Weston Ochse and Gord Rollo. Formerly the webmaster and internet marketer for Dark Regions Press, he is now the owner and publisher of the press. He is the creator and editor of the Black Labyrinth imprint illustrated by Santiago Caruso, and is currently working on a hardcover project with Clive Barker. Chris has interviewed many renowned authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Rick Hautala, Mort Castle, W.H. Pugmire, Jeffrey Thomas, Simon Strantzas, Jeff Strand and many others. He has been interviewed by Dark Discoveries Magazine, Cemetery Dance Magazine and Horror World.
Boyd E. Harris is the founder, co-editor, and former owner of Cutting Block Press, a small press company that specializes in anthologies of short and long horror fiction. As publisher, his books Horror Library Volume 3, Volume 4, and Tattered Souls 2 were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. His last published anthology, Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology was also nominated for a 2013 Bram Stoker Award.
Boyd has the exclusive distinction of being a Black Quill Award winning editor in two mediums, one for Dark Recesses Press magazine, and one for Horror Library Volume 4.
Boyd's work as editor has helped authors get stories optioned for films, as well as getting authors opportunities with larger publishers.
Boyd applies a theory that there should be balance between the storyline and the structure, and emphasizes the value of challenging a reader's imagination, while not allowing the read to become arduous.
== Updated 11/13/2013 ==
pleased to announce that The Horror Writers Association will be the
exclusive sponsor of our first group outing at The Stanley Hotel Writers
The signing/reading will be held at the Estes Valley
Public Library on Friday October 24th, 2014. This event will be open to
the public, with reading spots and a possible panel (dependent upon
author interest in participation.)
All authors attending The
Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat may opt-in on this event, and sign-up
sheets will be sent to everyone within the next month. We ask that all
authors bring a book of their own to donate to the Estes Park Library
for their kind welcome and consideration, pairing with the HWA and us on
this special event.
The Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat
*Hotel Reservation Information*
Attendees will be responsible for phoning in their reservations at (970) 577-4040 Monday – Friday 9am-4pm.
To receive special group rates, attendees must give the group discount code they received upon registering through this campaign.
Group rate of $975.00 per room covers entire 5-night stay-- October 23rd-27th, 2014.
Individuals will be responsible for paying their own room, tax and incidental charges. Guests will call The Stanley Hotel to make a reservation from the group room block and will be required to pay a deposit equal to 1 night room rental.
Single or double occupancy.
Individual Deposit Policy: All attendees will be required to pay a Deposit equaling one night’s room and tax will be taken at the time of the reservation being made.
Individual Cancellation Policy: Individual cancellations received within 30 days of arrival will be charged at the full rate for the entire stay, whether or not the group block commitment has been met or exceeded.
Cut off Date
The block of rooms will be held until September 23, 2014. Those rooms not reserved prior to this date will be released for general sale. Reservations requests after this date will be taken on a space available basis at the higher of the contract rate or rate available at that time. Should such requests be accepted, such room nights will be credited to your block for purposes of any calculation of attrition.
The reservation department will attempt to accommodate specific requested room types, but cannot guarantee specific room types, locations, or room numbers. Requested room types that are not included in the group block will be charged the prevailing guestroom rate at the time the reservation is made.
Pre/Post Group Rates
The group rates will be honored on space available basis for group attendees up to 3 days before or after the group’s scheduled stay.
Check-in/ Check-out/ Change Rooms
Check in time begins at 4:00 pm. Room availability cannot be confirmed until that time.
Check out time is 11:00 am.
No Shows & Early/Late Departures
Rooms which have been reserved by and whose occupants fail to show on scheduled day of arrival will be billed for the total lodging amount for the contracted time. Early departures and/or late arrivals will be charged the contracted nightly rate for the entire reserved stay.
Splitting Room Charges
If group attendees are to pay for their own rooms, tax and incidentals AND are sharing rooms, the following must be considered:
The Stanley Hotel is unable to divide certain charges (telephone calls, restaurant charges, incidentals, etc.). It is the responsibility of the individual whose name appears on the reservation folio to finalize all charges between the occupants BEFORE check out.
It is the responsibility of the group leader or meeting planner to inform all attendees of the above.
Package Delivery and Storage
All incoming boxes will incur a $5.00 per box handling fee. All outgoing boxes will incur a $5.00 per box handling fee in addition to the shipping charges (if the hotel incurs these shipping charges) and must be made via FedEx or UPS with appropriate tracking information. These charges will be billed to the Master Account.
Materials for your function may be sent to The Stanley Hotel no earlier than 72 hours prior to the beginning of your event.
All packages must be properly addressed to the both client and the conference services manager; they must also outline the name of the group/event and the dates of the function.
Shipment contents and delivery schedules are not the responsibility of The Stanley Hotel. Return shipments must be completed within 48 business hours after the close of the event; clients are responsible for packaging and completing all shipping documents prior to departure from the hotel.