Roaming writing workshop to take place in YS

YELLOW SPRINGS — Local writers are invited to join “Retreat to the Springs!” which aims to give them a break from the world to focus on their words.

During “Retreat to the Springs” attendees will receive instruction from Ohio writers Ann Hagedorn, who will highlight narrative nonfiction; Donna MacMeans, who will focus on romance; Jason Sanford, who writes scifi/fantasy; and Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, who is self-publishing. At the retreat, individuals will learn the strategies and tactics of being a successful, published author.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for an optional one-on-one manuscript critique. The retreat fee of $195 covers instruction on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. One-on-one manuscript critiques cost an additional $25 per critique.

It is slated for Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28 at the John Bruan Community Center. Individuals must be registered by Sunday, Sept. 30 and can do so by visiting For more information, visit

Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of “The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security” and four previous books: “Wild Ride,” “Ransom,” “Beyond the River” and “Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919.” “Invisible Soldiers” won the 2015 Ohioana Book Award for nonfiction. She has been a staff writer for “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Daily News” and “The San Jose Mercury News.”

Donna MacMeans is the winner of the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America in 2006 and has since written sensuous historical romance for Berkley (an imprint of Penguin Random), romantic suspense for a small press and indie published fun paranormals just for her.

Jason Sanford is an award-winning short story author and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Sanford has published more than a dozen stories in the “British SF magazine Interzone,” which also devoted a special issue solely to his fiction. Other publications include multiple stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction along with stories in Year’s Best SF, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and other magazines and anthologies.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves experts and professional speakers to magnify and monetize their message by publishing quality books. She co-founded the Dayton Book Expo, the city’s premiere book event. As a best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Lewis has helped thousands of aspiring authors navigate self-publishing.

Wendy Hart Beckman is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, and author. She has published nine nonfiction books, as well as more than 300 articles in print and online. She has a master of arts in English, with a concentration in editing and publishing and a graduate certificate in professional writing. She will serve as the facilitator at the retreat.