Do you dream of writing a book? Whether you're just starting or stalled out, you need a road map and plenty of fuel to make it to the finish line.

The Write Your Book Step-by-Step Virtual Writer’s Retreat  is your road map with clear instruction on each stage of the writing process from idea to publishing and everything in between.

If you’re serious about getting a book out of your head and onto the page—no more excuses, no more delays—it’s time for action. 

Join our LIVE writer’s retreat to fuel up your writing journey with personal attention from eight writing coaches who teach you the entire process of writing a nonfiction book.

Our FREE virtual retreat offers all the tools you need to jumpstart and sustain your writing project.

Ready to write your book? Let’s get going.
No Travel
A virtual retreat is held online, not in a cold conference hall. The sessions come straight to you anywhere in the world.  No airport. No driving. No hotel.
No additional expenses. 100% convenience.
Expert Speakers
The retreat features eight seasoned writing coaches who provide the skills aspiring and working authors need to 
find success in their writing journey, from birthing the idea to publishing a book.
Affordable Access
Most writer's retreats are hundreds or thousands of dollars, but not this one. We offer two affordable viewing options including live QnA and lifetime access to all retreat replays. 
LIVE Streaming
Each session will be streamed LIVE during the 2-day retreat. Our writing coaches provide expert instruction and 
real-time answers to your questions.
"This is the best conference I have ever been to online or off. I love the pace and the inspiration. It will adjust your focus and direction. So wonderfully grounding and encouraging. Thank you!"
-Moira, FlourishWriter
Fuel up your writing journey with personal attention from eight writing coaches who teach you the entire process of writing a nonfiction book
from idea to publishing and everything in between.
Becky Kopitzke: Author, Writing Coach 
Becky Kopitzke is co-founder of Ministry to Business and the author of three traditionally published. As a professional writing coach, editor, veteran blogger and freelance copywriter, Becky possesses a full spectrum of knowledge spanning both sides of the publishing industry. She is passionate about working with writers at all levels to help them strengthen their writing skills, hone their message, understand the steps to publishing, and earn an honest income from their efforts. 

Courtnaye Richard: Author, Speaker, Blogger
Courtnaye Richard is the founder of Inside Out Media Group, LLC—a faith-based PR, Marketing & Mentorship Agency. In her 15 years of experience, she has worked with platforms such as PBS, CBN, & TCT Networks, as well as local television and print publications. Courtnaye is also the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that equips women to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is an author and contributing writer for, Women’s Ministry Tools, YouVersion, and is a speaker of a host of women’s conferences. Her blog, Inside Out with Courtnaye, reaches thousands of women across the globe and was listed as the Top 50 Christian Women Bloggers Every Woman Must Follow.
Kate Motaung: Author, Editor
Kate Motaung is the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging and co-author of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me). She is the host of Five Minute Friday (, an online writing community that encourages and equips Christian writers, and owner of Refine Services, where she provides writing and editing services. Kate and her South African husband have three children. 

Tiffany Jo Baker: Author, Podcaster
Tiffany Jo Baker is a 3x Surrogate, Speaker and Strategizer who helps women, couples, entrepreneurs and ministry leaders fuel and fulfill their faith journeys. As a personal coach, confidante and cheerleader, her simple and effective strategies will help you care for your soul, self and dream so you can be focused, fulfilled and full of peace and joy along the way. Tiffany will increase your faith, give you a path to follow and help propel you into your future.
Rachel Scott: Author, Speaker, Branding Strategist
Rachel is a wife and a mother. She is an Ohio native and a graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Mary where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, she has been featured on television, podcast, radio, devotionals, and blogs. Rachel is the Founder of the I Can't Come Down movement, an organization dedicated to helping women walk in their purpose and assignment with focus. She is a former Huffington post contributor and current YouVersion and Moody Radio Cleveland Partner. 
Mindy Kiker: Author, Co-Founder of FlourishWriters
Mindy Kiker grew up making sandcastles by the sea, dancing the hula in Hawaii, and singing Zulu songs in South Africa where she ran development projects in Adult Education and Entrepreneurship. Mindy holds a B.A. in English and Linguistics from the University of Florida and an M.Sc. in Organizational and Leadership Systems from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She and Jennifer Kochert cultivate a gathering place for writers to build community, find clarity, and grow in the craft of writing. Mindy makes her home in Florida with her husband and four sons. 
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman: Author, Award-Winning Publisher
Best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves professional speakers and experts to magnify and monetize their message by publishing quality books. With over fifteen years of experience in the book business, she helps aspiring authors navigate the mysterious labyrinth of self-publishing to leverage their expertise and make money.
Jennifer Kochert: Author, Co-Founder FlourishWriters
Jennifer Kochert is co-founder of FlourishGathering and FlourishWriters where she and ministry partner, Mindy Kiker, have authored and published Bible studies and devotionals, workshops, online conferences and training courses. For those desiring to share their God Story in writing, Jenny is a guide who helps birth stories from the heart to the page. She inspires readers worldwide by opening her life and God’s Word to reveal practical ways to walk with Jesus. Jenny, her husband Ryan, and daughter Sophia live in Northern Kentucky where they serve in ministry together as a family.

All times listed Eastern (New York)

11:30 AM 
Clarify Your Book Idea w/ Jennifer Kochert
Ready to get all those big ideas out of your head and onto the page? Brainstorming helps you visualize your book idea and place yourself within a genre so you know where you’re headed. Do the careful thought work in the Idea Phase so you don’t get 20,000 words in only to realize this is not the book you wanted to write. Confirm the concept. With a strong sense of purpose, you are positioned to construct a book idea with a compelling hook that grabs your readers’ attention, draws them in, and holds their interest. You are positioned to stay focused in the writing and avoid any detours that lead away from the destination. In the brainstorming process, you learn how to take the first step to get your book out of your heart and onto the page.
1:30 PM 
Plan the Content of Your Book w/ Mindy Kiker
Once you clarify your book idea, the next step is to plan the content of your book. This session is designed to help you further refine the vision of your project and develop a strong premise. The premise presents the fundamental concept of your writing project as a concise statement of one to three sentences. What need does the book address and what solution do you propose? This concise summary directs your writing so you are clear on the destination. The key question is “At its core, what is this book about, who is it for, and why do they care?” We’ll think about the journey you want to take your reader on and how to design a logical presentation of your book content. As you plan the content, the vision for your book comes into greater focus
3:00 PM 
Structure Your Book w/ Jennifer Kochert
Now that you’ve thought through the flow of your content in the broad, the next step is to structure your reader’s journey into chapters by creating working chapter titles. This step enables you to see the whole book in brief. Having this bird’s eye view helps you create a clear path or road map through the content presented in the book. Chapter titles provide the core structure for a working outline. With an organized plan, you will maintain clarity in the writing process. Your outline is a roadmap that helps you see where you are and where you’re going. Once you have chapter titles, the next step is bullet point each chapter to communicate the fundamental concept of that chapter. This summary helps you think through the purpose of each chapter as you clarify the content to include in that chapter.

All times listed Eastern (New York)

10:00 AM
Strengthen Your Writing Skills w/ Kate Motaung
Let’s define the specifics of your writing project so you can create a realistic schedule with achievable deadlines. If you have a desire to write a book, the most important first step is to commit. If you don’t make a firm commitment in your own mind and heart that you’re going to write and finish your book, it will be easy to give up. In this workshop, we teach you how to set a realistic and reasonable final deadline for yourself. Based on your final deadline, you can work backward and calculate smaller deadlines. When you view your writing as a valid, legitimate responsibility, you will give it the required, specific time in your schedule. Make the time and protect that time. Figure out what time of the day or week works best for you to write productively, then stick with it. Say no to other things that come up so you can meet your goals and finish your book.
11:30 AM
Self-Edit Like a Pro w/ Mindy Kiker
While writing the first draft, you get it out as quickly as possible without nitpicking at the copy, but now your first draft needs to be tidied up. In the Editing Phase, you examine the concepts for logic, clarity, and flow, gradually moving in to address the details of copy editing and polishing the language. Banish the bunny trails! Once you’ve self-edited as best you can, you will seek the help of a professional editor.Learning to edit well is a lifelong pursuit. When you embrace it as part of your toolkit, you will become a stronger writer. Even if it is not a natural strength, with regular practice and attention, your editing muscles will become stronger. A good writer becomes an excellent writer by practice, not by accident. If you invest in your craft, your writing ability will strengthen, your voice will mature, and your passion will grow.
1:30 PM
Publishing Demystified w/ Rachel Scott
To sign or not to sign? That is the question. What publishing route would Shakespeare choose if he were writing in 2021? Would he sign with a major publisher as a first-time author? Would he go the self-publishing route and market directly to his community? Or would he choose a combination of the two? Publishing has come a long way in the last 400 years. Now, we have options galore which is a blessing and a burden because you need to figure out, “What’s right for me?” In the Publishing Phase, we assess the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. This can feel overwhelming for first-time authors, but in this workshop, we expose the common myths about publishing and provide the clarity you need to get your book out to your readers.
3:00 PM
Marketing Made Easy {Panel Discussion}
Writers love to write. Right? Well, let’s be more specific. Writers love to work on their writing projects (most of the time), but there is another kind of writing that is most unpleasant. Marketing. How are you going to find readers if you don’t market? Part of the writer’s job is to go out and find readers. I can hear your wail, “But I don’t like to sell.” Want the good news? Marketing these days doesn’t work like it used to. Instead of selling, you connect with people and provide value. When you build a relationship of trust, when they encounter your passion, you don’t have to sell them, but instead, you connect them with what they already want: your book. Want to fast track your way to what’s working right now? This panel discussion is a must.

Mindy Kiker and Jennifer Kochert, co-founders of FlourishGathering and FlourishWriters, are passionate to help you grow in God’s Word. They have authored and published Bible studies and devotionals, workshops, online conferences and training courses. Jenny and Mindy are guides who help birth stories from the heart to the page. We mentor writers who flourish.
Can I have lifetime access to the presentations?
Yes, lifetime access to the retreat presentations, including an additional bonus resource is available with an All-Access Pass. You will receive more information about the All-Access Pass after your register.
Can I watch the conference on any device?
The videos are designed to function on all computers and mobile devices. If you are unable to view the content on one device, try another. Between computers, phones and tablets, something should work. If you are unsuccessful after giving it your best shot, you are welcome to email us at
What if I can't attend live on November 3rd-November 4th, 2021?
If you are not able to attend live, we suggest that you purchase the All-Access Pass option. 
Where do I find the live presentations? 
When you register for the retreat, you'll receive instructions on how to access the LIVE presentations. 
Who is FlourishWriters?
We are an online ministry whose mission is to equip writers to grow in their passion for God’s Word and share their God Stories. You can find us at and If you wish to contact us, we answer emails at
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