SiWC at Sea!

This Week We Write!

Writing, Cruising, Workshops, Dining

That’s right. You wanted more SiWC - more workshops, more opportunities to get feedback, and more of that amazing, supportive SiWC atmosphere.

You wanted a chance to get away, to get inspired, to learn more, and to totally immerse yourself in your craft. You wanted an SiWC writing retreat.

So we’ve planned exactly that aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean! How cool is that? Imagine writing on a lounge chair, staring out at the deep, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, or having a brand new story inspired by a wander around Roatan. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Add to that workshops with presenters you know and love from SiWC, dedicated writing time, dinners with presenters, lots of fun events, socializing with other attendees and presenters, and you get some idea of what attendees will experience next April.

We can't wait to see you there! 

Schedule

We’ll sail from Galveston, Texas, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

April 7, 2018 - registration and orientation at our group hotel in Houston
April 8 – registration and shuttle to the ship in Galveston. Ship departs.
April 9 – Sea day – workshops and writing time!
April 10 – Sea day – workshops and writing time and fun!
April 11 – Port day – Roatan, Honduras
April 12 – Port day – Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
April 13 – Port day – Cozumel, Mexico
April 14 – Sea day – workshops and writing time and more!
April 15 – Arrive in Galveston

On port days, we’ll have some group excursions available if you wish, and we’ll still sneak in writing time, dinner with the group, and more.

On sea days, enjoy workshops with our presenters, take on some daily writing challenges if you want, find your favourite spot to write in, or just relax and enjoy the ship amenities (how about a massage for those sore typing muscles?).

Enjoy dinner and socializing with the group every night, including nights with a presenter at your table.

Presenters

Award winning author, Sonali Dev, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books lists. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, is a RITA Finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award and RT Seal of Excellence winner. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.  Her newest book, WITH MALICE, came out in June 2016 and was called a “creepy satisfying thriller” by Entertainment Weekly. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.
 
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs.

kc dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

Her most recent novel—an Amazon #1 Bestseller in romantic comedy —is FINDING FRASER, published by Berkley, and which US Weekly called a ‘humorous but relatable self-discovery tale’, and Bustle named “a Must-Read for Outlander fans”.

For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, published by Doubleday/Random House. kc is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

She sweetly tweets @kcdyer and you can find her website at kcdyer.com.

Pricing & Registration

Registration is NOW open!

NB: ALL PRICES ARE IN USD – This is due to the American cruise line’s group policies. Registration is open to all. Price is for a single berth in a double occupancy cabin. You can room with friends/family who register separately or let us pick a roommate for you. Family members who will not be attending writing workshops can register at our family rate. Family members who wish to attend writing workshops must register as attending writers, and must be at least 12. There is no age restriction on family members who are not attending the writing workshops. Your price includes a full week of writing seminars, dedicated writing space and free writing time, and lots of encouragement to get words on paper. Also included are meals, including group dinners, double-occupancy lodging on the ship (a single berth in a double cabin with a roommate) and, of course, the cruise itself, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. We've also included port charges and pre-paid gratuities so you have no unexpected charges to worry about. The ship goes to three ports: Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. All of this plus the inspiring deep blues and bright colours of the Caribbean to fuel your writing fire, camaraderie with fellow attendees and presenters, and the kind of supportive writing environment you know and love from SiWC’s annual conference. [Prices do not include airfare.]

Package

Price (USD)

Interior Stateroom – Price per person in USD

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and private bathroom. (150 sq. ft.) Also includes minibar, hair-dryer, TV, phone, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers, and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have Pullman beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests.
$1174.50

Ocean View Stateroom – Price per person in USD

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. (159 sq. ft.) Also includes minibar, hair-dryer, TV, phone, computer jack, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers, and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have Pullman beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests.
$1254.50

Deluxe Ocean View Balcony Stateroom – Price per person in USD

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. (184 sq. ft. Balcony 46 to 66 sq. ft.) Also includes minibar, vanity area, hair-dryer, TV, phone, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have a Pullman bed and/or sofa bed and can accommodate 3-4 guests. Some can also accommodate a rollaway bed or Play Yard.
$1494.50

Family rate - Interior Stateroom (price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your interior stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note:children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact our cruise organizer, Lisa@whodunitcruises.com.
$874.50

Family rate – Ocean View Stateroom (price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your interior stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note:children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact our cruise organizer, Lisa@whodunitcruises.com.
$954.50

Family rate – Deluxe Ocean View Balcony Stateroom (price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your interior stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note:children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact our cruise organizer, Lisa@whodunitcruises.com.
$1194.50