Join us for relaxation, renewal, and writing at the Realm Makers Winter Retreat! Coming February 16th-20th, 2023, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Christy Hall of Fame author James L. Rubart. Here’s what he has to say about the wisdom he’ll bring:

Is training all about the “head side” of writing? It’s not enough. All about the heart? Same.

What most authors need (to give their career a quantum leap forward) is a combo of both sides of the career coin, like…

  • Hard hitting, practical techniques to accelerate the business side of your journey. Marketing. Craft. A compelling website. Tag lines that define you and your brand. 
  • And methods for staying motivated, inspired, and emotionally strong as you navigate the crucible of the publishing world.

Count on learning tactics from Jim you’ve never seen before. He’ll bring his decades of experience as a business owner, advertising guru, spiritual growth speaker, AND bestselling author for you to glean just what you need to excel.

Bonus Perk if you come to Sandy Cove: The first 25 in-person registrants also receive mentoring huddle time with James, where 2 or 3 attendees can brainstorm on specific career questions. (So don’t wait to register!)

Can’t travel this February? Don’t worry, you can participate in the retreat virtually, at your own pace, or in sync with other virtual attendees. Those who follow the online schedule will have their very own live facilitator guiding them through follow-up discussions and opportunities to connect.

***NEW for 2023, the retreat is a full day longer than previous events—more time to connect and of course, work on your manuscript. The beautiful surroundings at Sandy Cove Christian Conference Center are bound to inspire you.***

Lodging costs for in-person attendees are all-inclusive (4 night stay and 11 meals.) Enjoy a variety of entrees, salads, and desserts in Sandy Cove’s buffet-style dining hall. (And the coffee’s ALWAYS on.) You can opt for a shared room or private accommodations—whatever suits your needs and budget.

Still have questions? Email our conference director at [email protected]. We hope to watch the sunset with you at beautiful Sandy Cove.


James L. Rubart

is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the bestselling author of sixteen novels and is the only speculative author ever inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame. He loves to send readers on mind bending journeys of spiritual freedom they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He's also a branding expert, audio book narrator, and co-owner, with his son Taylor, of The Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

In person & Virtual

A limited number of people will be able to attend the Winter Writer's Retreat in-person. Our target is around 25 but there is room to grow if needed. For virtual attendees, the event will be videotaped and rebroadcast as a virtual event with a different schedule than the live event. This will allow for a more seamless experience for our virtual attendees. Although the teaching content will be recorded it will be uploaded quickly after the live presentation and facilitated by a live host!

Attendee Registration

  • This virtual event will follow a slightly different schedule than the live event for the purpose of providing the most ideal virtual event we can devise! It will take place the same weekend and very soon after each live session has ended. You will also have a live host to facilitate the virtual event!


11 meals will be included during your stay at the retreat. 

Thursday dinner
Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Monday breakfast


All images used on the form are ACTUAL views from the property at Sandy Cove..

We are very excited to work with Sandy Cove Ministries for our retreat this year! If you are registered to attend in person please choose your rooming preference below. No further action will be required on your part to make a reservation. We will take care of everything! We are limiting the number of single room options due to the fact that it will reduce our overall capacity for in-person attendance. If single rooms are sold out and you still want one I encourage you to register at that level and join the waiting list. Once we achieve the minimum attendance we need we may begin to open up more single rooms as we are able and you will be first in line.

Check in is at 4 pm on Thursday, February 16th. The first session will begin after dinner on Thursday. If you find that travel plans necessitate a Wednesday arrival we will be managing that on a case by case basis in the special event community hosted in the RealmSphere. Check-out is after breakfast on Monday morning Feb 20th.

All rooms are in a recently renovated wing of the Chesapeake Lodge.

  • All rooms have one queen bed, two (or three) extra-long twin beds with 3-inch memory foam toppers on all beds, a table and chairs. It has a full bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet, and sink. 11 meals are included.

  • The Standard Deluxe room has one queen bed, two extra-long twin beds with 3-inch memory foam toppers on all beds, a table and chairs. It has a full bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet, and sink. 11 meals are included.

  • Please reach out to Becky via email at [email protected] so we can fully understand your needs and see how we may accommodate them.


Give the gift of registration with a voucher for a friend

We will send an email with the voucher code. It will expire on February 20th, 2022.


In the event you discover you cannot attend this event after you’ve registered, the following refund policy will apply:

More than 60 days prior to the event: full refund, less a 10% processing fee
30-59 days prior to the event: 50% refund
Less than 30 days prior to the event: non refundable, but you may transfer your registration to another attendee. You are responsible for finding the individual to whom you wish to transfer your registration and informing the registrar of the change.

In consideration for being allowed to participate in this Realm Makers event, I release from liability and waive my right to sue Realm Makers, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents (collectively “Realm Makers”) from any and all claims, including claims of Realm Makers’ negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss I may suffer or which may result from my participation in this event, travel to and from the event (including air travel), or any events incidental to this Event.

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