Second Annual Full-Bodied Novel

Summer Writing Retreat

July 21-23, 2017


The Second Annual Full-Bodied Novel Retreat explores the writer’s mind-body connection in a peaceful, relaxing setting. Authors Katherine Grace Bond and Janet Lee Carey, invite you to approach your characters, plot and setting from the inside by using a variety of physical prompts, group interaction, and private reflection. Learn the practice of Deep Characterization and enter your story in a way you never thought possible. A professional massage therapist will be on hand to provide a relaxing massage (included in retreat cost,) and Katherine and Janet will offer one-on-one consultation on your manuscript.

Janet brings seventeen years of publishing experience to the retreat. She’s excited to share her Deep Characterization practices to help you enliven your Full-Bodied novel. We’ll look at writing from the inside out, linking childhood experiences to present emotions and subconscious motivations. We’ll use active movement to embody scenes and meditation to enter deeper into our characters. Janet’s looking forward to reading your manuscripts and co-teaching with fellow author, Katherine Grace Bond

Janet Lee Carey is an award-winning author of ten books for children and teens including her newest novel In the Time of Dragon Moon. School Library Journal starred review calls her work, “fantasy at its best—original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” She tours the U.S. and abroad presenting at schools, book festivals and conferences. Janet and her family live near Seattle by a lake where morning mist forms into dragons.


Katherine brings her actor training, as well as her many years of publishing and teaching. When working on a book, she lives deeply inside it, often having conversations with her characters. This year, she is excited to explore how our hidden story impacts our fiction, and how periods of intense concentration can not only fuel productivity, but create powerfully Deep Characterization.

Saint Andrew’s House on Hood Canal

Saint Andrew’s House offers more than an idyllic setting. The warmth, care and hospitality of our hosts shines through in every interaction. Chef-prepared meals delight, and special plates are prepared for those with dietary restrictions.


Tour of Saint Andrew’s House

Look at this great tour! I don’t know the “Nomadic Fanatic,” but, WOW!


Rene Pinkham, LMP

Rene specializes in an eclectic fusion of disciplines, particularly blending Swedish and Esalen style with Acupressure and Connective Tissue techniques, and incorporating a lovely blend of spa treatments such as Thermal and Aromatherapy.  With over ten years experience in therapeutic massage, Rene practices in a comfortable clinical setting in Everett WA, while als
o offering Mobile Massage to most areas between Seattle and Bellingham.