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"Some of my favorite times at BONI workshops are the serendipitous ones, at meals or over a beer. 
I learn a lot then about individual writers' journeys.  I've often wished this could be built in to the busy BONI week, but until now I haven't known how.

It's with some pleasure, then, that the staff and I can offer BONI graduates a more informal and yet even MORE intensive experience, a retreat at which we can write, talk, critique and work on issues specific to individual student's manuscripts.

So, come hang with us as we focus on your manuscript and drill down on the lessons we've all learned at BONI.
See you there!"

-- Donald Maass

Strictly limited to no more than SIXTEEN students, the BONI GRADUATE LEARNING RETREAT offers:

  • Private room and bath in an inviting environment.

  • Three meals a day, plus wine or beer with dinner.

  • Two thirty-minute one-on-ones during the week with Donald and all staff members* to ensure writer’s progress and to assign individual challenges to help each writer succeed in moving ahead in his/her work.

  • Midweek query clinics, led by staff, to help you get a handle on your query/pitch and to bring the true heart and soul of your novel to the surface in the most powerful way.

  • Midweek brainstorming round tables with staff members.

  • Critique sessions, with rotating staff members, in which students will workshop a total of four scenes.

  • An advanced morning course that will deepen your novel’s emotional content as well as build on, and provide a richer understanding of, BONI principles via lively discussion, writing prompts, and the study of (contemporary) novels.

  • Several hours of writing time each day, plus work on specialized assignments from each staff member, geared specifically toward your work.




8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Advanced class with Don.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM – 6:30 PM: One-on-ones/writing time (Thursday: query clinic and brainstorming roundtables)

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM: Dinner

7:15 PM – 9:30 PM: Staff-moderated critique groups

* For the one-on-one sessions, students will be invited to submit selections from any part of their novels.



  • Early bird registration of $3095 is available until September 1, 2019. Full price is $3395.

  • Payments may be split into two, with the complete balance due by December 30, 2019.

  • Any cancellation more than SIXTY DAYS in advance will result in a fee of $400, which covers merchant account and other costs.

  • Any cancellation made within less than SIXTY DAYS of the workshop is non-refundable unless we can find a replacement participant.




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*Currently sold out! Please contact us to be added to our waitlist.

Earlybird Registration: Pay in full, before September 15, 2019 and save $300.

Add to Cart: Earlybird Registration - $3095

Regular Registration: Pay in full, before January 5, 2020.

Add to Cart: Regular Registration - $3395

Installment Payment options

*Currently sold out! Please contact us to be added to our waitlist.

Regular Registration: $3,395 (split into 2 installments). The second installment is due by January 5th, 2020.

Add to Cart: Installment #1 - $1500
Add to Cart: Installment #2 - $1895