Boost your writing and revision skills with editor Jeni Chappelle!

Join Jeni in 2021 for a weekend in the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains. 

Spend the weekend shaping your story with a professional editor. The Writer’s Lodge Retreat will deepen and expand your revisions. Will include craft discussions and generative writing exercises on:

  • self-editing

  • what to look for when editing your own work

  • how to apply writing guidelines to your revisions


And of course, plenty of time for revising. 

Bonus! A scheduled consultation as well as written feedback from Jeni on your first 25 pages is included in the price of the retreat. 

What authors say about Jeni's editing

I cannot rave enough about Jeni! We met during the inaugural year of #RevPit and I was immediately struck by how much she just GOT my novel! Her notes were thorough and insightful and I was blown away by the depth of understanding she had for my characters and the story I was truly trying to tell. We chatted a bit before I received my edit letter and then after again, to really polish and hone the trouble spots. Not only did she strengthen my first novel, but I've had her voice in my head while writing the next to follow. She's amazing at helping writers further develop their skills and on top of all of that, she's a truly lovely person, always encouraging and one of my biggest cheerleaders. I'm so happy I got the chance to work with Jeni and happily recommend her to any writer I know!

Erin A. Craig, NYT Bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

What's included

  • Written feedback on the first 25 pages of your manuscript + a consultation with Jeni

  • 5 one-hour workshops on the top issues Jeni sees in her editing business

  • Lots of time for writing, revising, exploring the house and town, or just relaxing

  • Optional group activities in the evenings, including a murder mystery party

  • Three nights' lodging at Providence Lodge and Gallery in Lake Junaluska, NC

  • All food (dietary restrictions will be accommodated)

  • Local transportation to and from the Asheville airport 

Workshop topics: 

  • Strengthening characterization 

  • Analyzing story structure with a reverse outline

  • Deepening point-of-view 

  • Evaluating conflict

  • ​Balancing "show" and "tell"

Living room at Providence Lodge and Gallery

About Providence Lodge and Lake Junaluska

Front door, Providence Lodge and Gallery

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Front porch, Providence Lodge and Gallery

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Lake Junaluska, NC

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Front door, Providence Lodge and Gallery

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This cozy, rustic lodge was built in 1915 of native hemlock and constructed in board and batten style. While the infrastructure has been updated to include central heat and modern plumbing the Lodge retains an old-fashioned charm that reflects its mountain heritage. It's set in a sleepy little neighborhood, and there are lots of little nooks for writing or contemplating, including cozy armchairs, a library, a fire pit, a large covered porch complete with rocking chairs, and a sunny two-story deck.

For more than 100 years, Lake Junaluska has been a place for people seeking relaxation, recreation and renewal. 

It's at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near Waynesville and Maggie Valley, about 30 minutes west of Asheville. Since the retreat's mission is to "renew the soul, mind and body," it's a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in a very scenic setting. The town surrounds a 200-acre lake. There are plenty of outdoor activities to inspire you, including boat tours, a rose walk, and a walking trail around the lake. 

For more about Lake Junaluska and all there is to do there, visit

What authors say about Jeni's workshops

Jeni's quick-paced workshop on a story's first pages provided rich tips to tighten my opening. Her list is compact, reasonable, and makes logical connections. I love how conversational Jeni is in presenting her ideas. I easily applied her tips and loved her "no-no's" list! The question time gave me a chance to hear other author's insights and how they might apply the ideas.


Ellen Mulholland, author of middle grade fantasies, represented by Kortney Price of Corvisiero Literary Agency

Registration Details

The retreat is committed to an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. We encourage participation from writers of color, as well as those in the LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and other underserved  communities. 


All you need in order to sign up is a completed first draft of a fiction manuscript (it doesn't need to be polished or query-ready in any way) in any genre for ages 10 and above. Participants must be 18 or older. 

Dates: TBD

​Registration Deadline: TBD


Shared room: $1000

​Single room: $1200*

Payment plans are available. There will also be scholarship spots available (details to come). All guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Shared accommodations are the rule rather than the exception. Single rooms are limited in number. When registering, please indicate your preference. Rooms are assigned on a first-request basis. 

Includes workshops, consultation, 25-page critique, three nights' lodging, all meals, and local transportation to and from the Asheville airport.

Deposit: $250

Deposits hold your place and are non-refundable.** Deposits are applied to your total registration fee. Only the deposit is due at the time of registration. You may make monthly payments 

Deposit Due: TBD

​Final payment due: TBD


*Single rooms are limited.
**See full terms and conditions,

Dining room at Providence Lodge and Gallery