Write It Now Sweepstakes

Former Guests Rave about
When Words Count Retreat:

Greg Norris

“My expectations were met, exceeded, then exceeded on top of that!”

—Greg Norris, Novelist/Screenwriter

Jan Cannon

“It’s an 11 on a scale of one-to-ten. The food is phenomenal; the ambience fantastic!”

—Jan Cannon, Non-Fiction Author

Amber Maiden

“I like 5-star experiences, so when I got here and saw it was 5-star, I said, ‘Oh, man!”

—Amber Maiden, Author/Memoirist

Lisa Cordeiro

“Everything was just wonderful… It’s very hard to leave.”

—Lisa Cordeiro, Novelist

Chrissie van Wormer

“I didn’t expect the caliber of writers. The food is unbelievable. You need to come experience the energy!”

—Chrissie van Wormer, Non-Fiction Author

Move that ‘book project’ forward
with 3-Days, 2-Nights of FREE
room accomodations at
When Words Count Retreat, Vermont

Write It Now! Sweepstakes Entry Form

Enter once only per household, and please provide all required information. (Multiple entries, and partially completed entry forms, will be disqualified.) *Required.







Add an Extra FREE Night to your prize by exclusively choosing February prize dates.3 Pre-select Your February Prize Dates Here:
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Come to Our “Home in the Hollows” for the Writing Experience of a Lifetime

Four beautifully appointed rooms (the Hemingway, Dickinson, Ellison and Miller) await you in a country-elegant setting designed to free you to write as never before. Breathtaking scenery will greet you at every turn, while shaded country lanes and meandering paths beckon. Chef Paul will prepare his delightful cuisine three-times-a-day, and on clear nights, the Milky Way will light up the sky.

Why Are We Doing This?

We are making this incredible offer available to sweepstakes winners in order to build awareness for our retreat and to honor the many authors who labor in obscurity, skillfully bringing words and stories to life on the page. We hope your retreat experience will so recharge your batteries and renew your spirits that, afterward, you will eagerly tell others!

Who is Eligible?

All published U.S. and Canadian writers, 18 years and older, who are currently working on a book, and who have not previously been selected as a winner, or alternate winner, in a When Words Count Retreat sweepstakes4 may enter. (Previous winners who either failed to claim their prize or who never came to the retreat are ineligible.) To enter, simply complete and submit the form on the right. Please thoroughly review the contest’s Official Rules in advance. Good luck!

How Will I Know if I’ve Won?

We will notify winners 3 ways on Sunday, February 10th:

  • By phone (be sure to give us your primary home or cell phone number – and check your messages!)
  • By email (add: sales@whenwordscountretreat.com to your email contacts list to make sure our announcement avoids your “spam” folder). You must retrieve your Winner Announcement email in order to access the link required to claim your prize.
  • On Facebook at www.facebook.com/whenwordscountretreat. (We will list Grand Prize winners by First Name initial, Last Name and place of residence.)

Winners will have until Midnight, EST, Wednesday, February 13th to claim their prizes, choose their dates and prepay for their meal service, which also serves as a room hold. In instances where When Words Count Retreat cannot fulfill a winner’s first or second choice of dates, or with a satisfactory alternate date, the Retreat will promptly issue a full refund). Requested dates will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis for all designated Sunday-Monday or Thursday-Friday prize dates occurring between Sunday, February 17th and Monday, April 15th, 2013.

1Only winners who pick Feb start dates get a third night FREE (for an average retail value of $429.00.)
2A 17% service fee, for housekeeping and hospitality costs, shall be applied at check in. Meal Service, at $55 per person per day, is also extra and includes a 17% gratuity and applicable VT sales taxes.
3 Picking a February prize date does not improve your chances of winning. Winners are selected randomly by random.org.
4Void Where Prohibited. Sweepstakes prizes are non-transferable and may not be combined with any other offer. Each prize has a cash-surrender value of 1/100,000th of a cent. Meal-service prepayments/room holds are non-refundable, except in the instances covered above. Winners who must cancel or otherwise decline their sweepstakes prizes after first scheduling/confirming sweepstakes visits shall receive a non-transferable credit equal to the amount of any advance payment made. The credit will be good for one year from its date of issue and may be applied toward any portion of any future purchase of a When Words Count Retreat visit or book-coaching service.
All primary and secondary prize date choices are binding on the entrant at time of submission. These dates only may be switched by When Words Count Retreat and only to accommodate a winner when no prize rooms are available on selected dates.