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Writers' Getaway

An overnight getaway for Christian women who are looking for practical help and encouragement as they pursue their dreams to publish.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. - Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at 12 p.m.

St. Anthony’s Retreat Center, Three Rivers, CA


What to Expect

Kathy Collard Miller and Cindi McMenamin will be offering encouragement, instruction and one-on-one coaching at the "Writers' Getaway" scheduled just prior to The Springs this Fall in Three Rivers, CA. They will:

  • answer your questions about writing and publishing

  • inspire you with ideas and options for getting your writing in front of readers

  • encourage you with the difference between marketing yourself and marketing the message God has placed on your heart

  • equip you with the essentials for writing successfully in today's world

  • instill hope in you to keep writing for God's glory

  • coach you, individually, in the area of your writing where you most need help or encouragement

Plus, Kathy and Cindi will share vulnerably and from their hearts how to bring your motives before God and stay surrendered to the One for whom you write.

Two Tracks

 Kathy will offer Track 1 for first-time attenders, giving you all the insight and instruction you need to begin your writing and speaking ministry/career.

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Cindi will offer Track 2 for returnees called “Turning Your Story into a Book That Sells” – designed to help you leave the Getaway with a working outline to begin writing your book or a next step to eventual publication of your manuscript in progress. 

You will also receive the opportunity for one-on-one coaching/consultation sessions with Kathy and Cindi during the Getaway, giving you expert personalized guidance and instruction for the project you are working on, or direction in the area you would like to write.

A combined session on “Entering the Publishing Door” will also be presented, giving you options for receiving publishing credits by writing for online venues and contributing to book compilations. 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, November 5 

10:00 am Personal Time to get settled and prepare your heart

noon Lunch

1:00 Welcome & Introductions with Kathy and Cindi

1:45 -2:45 Session 1 (Choose one continuous track and stay with it):

Track 1 (new attendees) with Kathy: Let it Flow–Gaining Inspiration and Running with It 

Track 2 (returning attendees) with Cindi:  Turning Your Story into a Book That Sells–Finding Your Angle and Reader’s Felt Need

3:00-4:00 Session 2  

Track 1 with Kathy: Promoting Your Message, Not Yourself

Track 2 with Cindi:  Turning Your Story into a Book That Sells–Letting Go to Gain More

4:15-5:45 One-on-One Coaching Appointments with Kathy or Cindi  

6:00 Dinner

7-7:45 Session 3 

Track 1 with Kathy: The Whys of Writing

Track 2 with Cindi: Turning Your Story into a Book that Sells–Taking Your Next Step

7:55-8:45 Session 4

Combined Tracks with Cindi and Kathy: Entering the Publishing Door

8:45 pm Free time, Reflection/Writing, or Goodnight (Optional: critique group. Bring a printed sample of your writing to be critiqued).

Wednesday, November 6

8:00 am Breakfast  

8:40-10:40 One-on-One Coaching Appointments with Kathy or Cindi  

10:45-11:25 Closing Inspirational Thoughts and Prayer with Kathy and Cindi  

11:30 Lunch

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 How to Prepare

In preparation for the Writers Getaway, read the chapters from Kathy's "Writing as a Ministry for God's Glory" that apply to your writing goals and desires.

What to Bring

Please print "Writing as a Ministry for God's Glory" and bring it with you to the Writers' Getaway. You will discuss what you’ve learned from these chapters with Kathy and Cindi. 

If you have writing that you've been working on, notebooks of ideas, books that inspire you, please bring them. You might also want to bring a laptop or tablet, and your favorite pen.

What women have to say about their experience

Thinking about publishing your writing? Get inspired at NEWIM's Writers Getaway with Cindi McMenamin and Kathy Collard Miller.
Jenny Estes shares her story of coming to the Writers Getaway and becoming passionate about a writing project and now, six months later, she just sent her first book off to be printed.

St. Anthony's Retreat Center

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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, just 30 minutes east of Visalia, St. Anthony's Retreat and Conference Center offers a beautiful setting for the Writer's Getaway. Enjoy having your own private room and bath, delicious and healthy meals, and time to write in a quiet setting dedicated to spiritual gatherings.  

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Two Options to choose from

Option 1 - Writers Getaway plus The Springs Retreat. 

Come to the Writers' Getaway and be inspired as a writer and then stay for The Springs Retreat to spend time with the Lord.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. until Friday, Nov. 8, noon

Three nights, 9 meals, private room and bath:

Cost:  $375 (a $59 savings) 

Option 2 - Writers Getaway overnight: 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. 

Enjoy the full program, spending Tuesday night at St. Anthony's in a private room with a private bath, and four meals with the group.

Cost: $149.


Writer's Getaway co-Leaders

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Cindi McMenanman

Cindi is an award-winning writer and speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and with others. She has authored 17 books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 130,000 copies sold), When Women Long for RestWhen a Woman Discovers Her Dream, and When God Sees Your Tears. Cindi and her husband, Hugh,  co-authored When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection  and Cindi's daughter, Dana, collaborated with her to write When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter. Cindi writes regularly for and Lifeway's Journey magazine. Cindi is a CLASS-trained speaker, a member of CAN and is AWSA-certfified as a Writing Coach and Communications Specialist. She is now focusing on helping other writers develop their book concept, write a winning book proposal, and bring their writing dream to fruition. You can learn more about Cindi's ministry at

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Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy is an award-winning author, speaker who has authored more than 50 books including the popular Daughters of the King Bible Study Series, commentaries, and books on spiritual growth. She has also authored hundreds of articles over the years. Kathy is an alumni of CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, Speakers Seminar) and is a founding member of AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). She also holds memberships in CAN (Christian Authors Network) and NEWIM. She and Larry live in Southern California and they are the parents of two grown children and grandparents to two Kathy loves to offer through her writing and speaking God's healing power and practical ideas for changing hearts and lives. For more on her background, available books, and current ministry, see her website: