I’m very pleased to welcome Christina Delay to the blog today. Christina is the Host of Cruising Writers, a writing retreat for authors which has various locations around the world and fabulous guest coaches.
A big, Texas-sized thank you to BrizzleLass Books for having me on today!
Emeril Lagasse has a wonderful show on Amazon Video called “Eat the World.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend! For foodies and creatives, the show is addictive. Not because of the cooking and the food—which is mouth-watering—but because of the shared passion for creating beautiful works of art.
A writer is no different from a chef. Their medium is food. Ours, words.
I never thought I’d say this, but Emeril and I have a lot in common. We both believe artists must get out of their comfort zone to refresh and strengthen their creative palate. We both believe that when artists get together, magic happens. Or, in Emeril’s words, “magic starts to begin happening.” I just love his phrasing, don’t you?
Cruising Writers is based on this principle. Magic happens on our writing retreats. We take aspiring authors, published authors, bestselling authors on retreats around the world.
But we don’t stop there.
We also bring along U.S.-based literary agents, editors from publishing houses, and world-renowned writing craft teachers like Margie Lawson, Lisa Cron, and Angela Ackerman.
Don’t let our name fool you. Cruising Writers hosts both cruise-based and land-based writing retreats. In fact, we’re going to a beautiful, historic wine chateau in the south of France April 19-26, 2017. NYC-based literary agent Louise Fury will join us, as well as Kobo Writing Life, Literary Translations, and writing guru Margie Lawson. International best-selling author H.M. Ward and Amazon bestselling author Shelley Adina are already signed up and freshening their French!
Our retreats have convinced me that magic still lives in our world. During our daily writing sprints, I’ve witnessed authors write triple the amount of words they would usually write in a day. In twenty minutes. I’ve watched authors collaborate and brainstorm and overcome plot problems or create unique plot twists. NYT and USA Today bestselling author Steena Holmes said our writing retreat was one of the best decisions she’s ever made for her career.
But one of my favorite things about being on one of our writing retreats is the opportunity to learn from each other. Different cultures, perspectives, genres, personalities … they all combine to create this beautiful kaleidoscope of creativity that is unique to every retreat. The experience adds flavor and savory to your writing that make your stories as palatable to a literary agent or acquisitions editor (that you’ll get to know intimately by the end of the retreat) as a chef’s masterpiece to a foodie. On our last writing retreat, we had over 80% full manuscript requests, 10% partial requests, and 10% of our retreaters were offered representation.
We’d love for you to join us in France this April. Go ahead, get out of your writing cave, meet with a NYC-based literary agent, and expand your writing palate. Learn our tricks to controlling the writing muse. You won’t regret the decision!
Christina Delay is the hostess of Cruising Writers and an award-winning author represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency. When she’s not cruising the Caribbean, she’s dreaming up new writing retreats to take talented authors on or writing the stories of the imaginary people that live in her heart.
About Cruising Writers
Cruising Writers brings aspiring authors together with bestselling authors, an agent, an editor, and a world-renowned writing craft instructor together on writing retreats. Go to France with us in 2017 and stay in a historic chateau with Margie Lawson, Louise Fury, Shelley Adina, Kobo Writing Life, and Literary Translations.