Frequently Asked Questions
The Spark Writers’ Retreat 2021 is a 6-month intensive program designed to help aspiring authors structure, polish and complete their book. The program includes a 5-day in-person retreat where participants will participate in intensive workshops coducted by subject matter experts and authors of repute. For the remaining period of 5 months and 3 weeks, the participants will undergo regular online workshops and mentorship sessions by subject matter experts, authors and mentors to complete their book and make it ready for publishing.
The actual workshop will begin at 9.00am and end by 6.30 pm on most of the days , however to set the spirits to high , an hours meditations sessions are offered for 3 days and they begin as early as 6.00 am
You can plan your travel outside the retreat location depending on the progress of your book, at your own expense.
Spark is in conversation with The Discovery Retreat in Devanahalli, Bangalore, where you will be accommodated with all participants, mentors, facilitators, etc. The check-in and check-out timings will be notified soon.
Participants will need to make their personal arrangements for travel to the retreat venue, include airport/railway station transfers.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning tea and two high teas are part of the fee. If you prefer any exclusive food or extra beverages, they will be at your own cost.
All participants are required to stay at the retreat to engage in various knowledge sharing activities. If due to any personal reasons a participant prefers to travel to and from the venue, participant will need to bear the travel charges. There will be no reduction in the retreat fee.
This is truly an in-retreat and post-retreat novel writing workshop, so you will not need to undergo any study before this workshop. However, if a workshop facilitator requests for specfic reading to be done, you will be informed of the same via email. This is a choice participants have. It is mandatory though to please carry curiosity and enthusiasm 🙂
Yes , the retreat welcomes participants with an interesting welcome kit .
All sessions will be recorded and made available for reference to all participants for the entire period of six months of the program.
There is no dress code for the first four days of the retreat. On Day 5, we would encourage you to dress in semi-formals for the Authors’ Connect. August is the monsoon season in Bangalore with an average temperature ranging from 19 degree celcius to 27 degree celcius. Besides, You may want to choose accordingly 🙂
It is mandatory for all participants to carry their own laptop to work on.
You can access the Wi-Fi available at the retreat venue for free. However, if you wish to bring your own wi-fi enabler, you may. Please note, Spark will not be responsible for any loss of data due to an internet breach at the retreat.
You can take pictures during the event, subject to the conditions of the retreat centre.
Yes, the retreat is designed to give participants maximum time with speakers. One-on-one questions with facilitators or speakers is encouraged .
Yes. Spark will honour every participant with a workshop completion certificate. Besides, three top participants will be awarded with winners’ certificates. The experinece you carry back on nuances of fiction writing from the retreat is immesuarable and uncomparable to any certificates. The retreat is really going to be a life changing experince in terms of elevating your capability.
Yes , 6 months mentorship post retreat is part of package , you can extend the mentorship period for an additional duration at a minimal cost. Please refer the website for costing information.
Yes there will be session on details of publishing a book in the retreat
The package offers free publishing for the winner and supported publishing for the first runner-up of the in-retreat concert.
It is not obligatory to publish your book with Spark. However, we will be delighted to be a part of your book writing experience.
Yes, Spark will provide guided workshops on publishing and marketing.
Yes , your request will be considered and the best resolution will be provided.