Life Writing Weekend

J.P. Grace 304-617-1292 or Sir Justyn Marchese 888.628.4798


People who keep saying "I'm going to write a book" will have an opportunity to get started, or move their manuscript forward, during a Life Writing Weekend retreat June 6-June 9 at the Mavis Manor Bed & Breakfast in Flat Top, West Virginia.

The Weekend Retreat will be led by John Patrick Grace, Director of the Huntington-based not-for-profit Publishers Place, Inc. Author or coauthor of five nonfiction books, Grace has edited dozens of books for publication and has agented books to major publishers as well as published books under several imprints.

To date he has conducted 23 sessions of The Life Writing Class in venues from Ironton, Ohio, to Huntington, Hurricane and Charleston, West Virginia. Thirteen books have thus far been published by alumni of this class, including the national award-winning historical novel Father's Troubles by Carter Taylor Seaton.

Another alumna of the class, Justine Rutherford, was named 2005 West Virginia Author of the Year by Tamarack, the showcase of West Virginia crafts, located in Beckley. Rutherford has written and published two books created from her work in the class, Rough Lumber and Wild Mustard, both memoirs.

Space is limited for the weekend, which will cost $425 per person, based upon double occupancy. Fee includes a full weekend of exercises to prep a book concept, outline, and drafts of material, two nights lodging, wine and cheese reception on Friday, two breakfasts and two lunches. Also included is a complimentary copy of The Life Writing Class book edited by Grace and issued by Publishers Place.

For more details or to register please see or phone Mavis Manor 888-628-4798. You may also email Dr. Grace at or call at 304-617-1292.