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POSTPONED -- Share Your Wisdom! Join us for a Personal Development Book Writing Retreat

This event has been postponed. Check back for further details!

If you’ve been called to write a book that teaches others what you’ve learned on your journey – a book that can help others heal and find hope – you must answer that call. Join us – Melanie Votaw and Joanie Parsons – for a weekend that will empower you to respond to what your soul has asked you to do. 

In a loving, non-judgmental, soul-nourishing environment – complete with amazing people, food, conversation, and support – you will learn from a seasoned industry professional: 

  • What makes a personal development book truly transformational for its readers and its author; 

  • How to pinpoint the right topic, as well as title/subtitle for your book; 

  • How to structure your book for clarity and professionalism; 

  • How to include personal stories, exercises, and meditations in your book; 

  • How the business of the publishing industry works so that you can get your book into the hands of the people who need it. 

The weekend will feature a mixture of heart-centered rituals, direct instruction, private writing time, and written guidelines that you can take with you. Each participant will also receive a private 30-minute coaching session with Melanie. 


  • Early bird special: $1197 before September 30th

  • After September 30th: $1497

Sign up now by filling out the form here!

*Price includes a room at the Roslyn Roost, healthy organic meals including two dinners, two lunches, snacks, and wine for happy hour. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis - so sign up now!

**Limited to 10 people


Melanie Votaw is an author, ghostwriter, editor, and book coach who has been working in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. She has written 33 nonfiction books – 10 as an author and 23 as a ghostwriter – for such publishers as Hay House, Macmillan, Hyperion, Perseus Books, and others. She has also written numerous successful book proposals and developmentally edited more than 50 books that have won 32 awards, some of which have landed on the New York Times Bestseller List. 

Melanie specializes in spiritual self-help books and is regularly recommended by top publishers and literary agents. She teaches the 6-month online Finish Your Book Group Coaching Program for self-help authors and runs the Finish Your Book with Melanie Votaw Facebook Community. She has taught creative writing and life purpose workshops in both New York and California for the general public and for the homeless, and she has lectured for the Mensa Society and appeared on a variety of podcast, television, and radio programs. 

Melanie is passionate about human rights, the natural world, bird watching and bird photography, travel, and theater. She is a former professional singer/dancer/actress and has been extensively published as a travel writer, photographer, and poet. What she loves more than anything, however, is fulfilling her life purpose as a “book doula” for people who have answered their soul’s call to write transformational books. 




2-3:00 pm: Arrival 

3-4:00 pm: Opening circle; setting our heart-centered intention for the weekend 

4:00-5:00 pm: Deciding on your book’s topic and how to write a book outline 

5:00-6:30 pm: Outline writing time 

6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Happy hour/Dinner 

8-9:00 pm: Sharing circle; heart-centered closing ritual 



7:00 am: Early stretch 

8:00 am: Breakfast 

9-10:30 am: Morning heart-centered circle; crafting a self-help book, Part 1 

10:30-12:30 pm: Writing time/private coaching sessions 

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch 

1:30-2:30 pm: Crafting a self-help book, Part 2; Q&A session 

2:30-5:30 pm: Writing time/private coaching sessions 

5:30-6:30 pm: Soul break 

6:30 pm: Happy hour 

7-8:00 pm: Dinner 

8-9:00 pm: The business of self-help books; closing heart-centered ritual 



7:00 am: Early stretch 

8:00 am: Breakfast 

9-10:30 am: Morning heart-centered circle; how to include exercises and meditations in your book; Q&A session 

10:30-12:30 pm: Writing time/private coaching sessions 

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch 

1:30-3:30 pm: Writing time/private coaching sessions 

3:30-5:00 pm: Celebration; sharing; Q&A; closing heart-centered circle