Storytelling is the most vulnerable and powerful form of art there is.
Storytelling is the most vulnerable and powerful form of art there is.
How many people have told you, “wow! You ought to write a book!" and you know they're right?
Have you been through hell and back, and have wisdom to show for it? (And maybe a few gray hairs tucked in there, somewhere?)
Have you thought, "In order to leap forward in my life and career, I've GOT to get this book out of my head, and onto the page... I just don't know where to start"?
Have you researched writing and publishing, and been immediately overhelmed by the complex maze of options?
Have you ever looked at the blank computer screen or page and just had to walk away?
Have you been writing and writing for years, but never been able to complete a book that can touch your readers the way you know they deserve?
You finally crafted a message you’re proud of. Your story is now in the world, impacting lives, making people smile, forgive, and love with power and hope.
“Writer’s block” is no longer found in your dictionary or thesaurus! Words just flow out of your finger tips onto the page.
You write drool-worthy stories that have your reader staying up until 3 am to read “just one more page.”
Your story touches the delicate parts of the soul and shows others the path out of pain and fear into power and joy.
You navigate the complex and competitive world of publishing with ease and confidence.
Your followers "blow-up" Amazon’s pre-sell button because they can’t wait to get their hands on your book!
with M. Bridget Cook-Burch New York Times & Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author
Writing your story is not just crafting a great read; it’s about creating a following. And beyond that, a movement.
This is not just any writer's retreat; this is a complete transformational journey. Bring what is in your heart and gut, honoring the story that’s already there.
Bridget will guide you through writing, polishing, pitching, publishing, launching, and promoting your book. This retreat walks you through the complete process.
"No matter your story, we help you create a dramatic hook in the beginning, an unforgettable ending, and we help you work out the mess in the middle so your reader really understands YOU."
Most people want to write a book focused on one of the following:
Entertainment + Education + Transformation
Bridget's Inspired Legacy Method™ focuses on all three, with a major emphasis on the last.
Her vision is to not just create great stories. She knows the power of leadership through story-telling. It is taught best when people are clear on their own stories, and can communicate the power of their transformation to others.
"We tell the important stories so that people will follow our lead and be inspired by our life and our purpose."
About Your Guide:
M. Bridget Cook-Burch is a New York Times Best-Selling author, transformational trainer, and passionate humanitarian. She can help you move past the blocks in your story, embrace your visibility, raise your status in your field, and will walk beside you so that you know you’re not alone.
Best known for her riveting tales of transformation, Bridget's powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dateline, The History Channel, NPR and in People, as well as translated to several languages. Her greatest passion is helping others to discover the importance of their own story, and using their stories to change the world.
Bridget’s New York Times Bestseller The Witness Wore Red tells the astonishing life story of Rebecca Musser, whose testimony brought down the insidious organized crime ring of the FLDS church. Bridget also wrote national bestselling Shattered Silence, the Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter with Melissa G. Moore, and Skinhead Confessions: From Hate to Hope with former neo-Nazi TJ Leyden.
Her personal stories have been showcased in Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life; and also Living Proof with Lisa Nichols from The Secret. She is working on a kick-butt fiction trilogy in her spare time.
Bridget has owned and operated several businesses, including a multi-million-dollar trucking company. As the CEO of Inspired Legacy, LLC, she’s teaching and training leaders, speakers and authors full time, using many of the lessons she’s learned in business, women’s leadership, writing and publishing. She puts on Inspired Writers Retreats in Utah and in exotic places like India and Italy. She can’t wait to hear more about your stories!
Itinerary & Location:
We begin with a scenic journey into the quiet heights of the majestic Wasatch mountain range just outside of beautiful Heber, Utah. There are twists and turns in the road, with stately evergreens standing beside the weathered remains of once-living timber.
So has been your life’s journey, and it is culminating here in a sumptuous log cabin equipped with every modern comfort. Our retreat cabin is easy to access, even in the winter. A 4WD vehicle is not required, but is preferred by some for driving in the stunning canyons to the retreat.
For three and a half intensive days you will listen to your soul and write your story. You will learn from others and from Bridget, who will guide and support you in crafting a book that inspires others in the most profound and life-changing ways.
Day 1 - Thursday
Come as early as 9 am, and Bridget will be waiting for you with open arms, fresh baked yumminess, and a powerful one-on-one about YOU and your book.
This private coaching session is an extra bonus only available to retreat attendees and her executive clients. Your valuable time with Bridget is focused on working past any writing or formulation blocks you are currently suffering. She also opens her powerful Rolodex of influential people and resources in publishers and promotions.
As you settle into your cozy, shared accommodation (yes, you will have your own bed), stretch out on the leather sofas and bask in the fresh air and sunlight of our mountain-top oasis, you’ll feel that you have truly turned a corner in your writing journey.
Writer’s write... but authors PUBLISH.
Investing in yourself at this retreat is a leap into publishing the story only you can tell.
Fill this day with focused work on your manuscript. Quiet and solitude are found in abundance here.
Early in the evening you will enjoy a sumptuous networking dinner with your fellow writers, soon to become close friends. This will be followed by your first intensive class.
As the evening ends, you'll notice that the curriculum and the catered food leave nothing to chance, believe me! You will be WELL-FED with delicious, healthy fare and life-changing writing experiences.
And this is just the first day!
"I was blown away by the amount of content and knowledge and creative insights this woman has. It was three days of amazing connection, clarity, and writing in a cabin... [The Retreat] is for anyone that has ever wanted to write or just feels called to share a message... I had never considered myself a writer, but I took a chance and went to the retreat. And I'm so grateful that I did! ...I can tell you that some of the things you'll get to experience at her retreat I have never seen or heard about at other events. (And I've done a lot of them!)”
~ Hayley Anderson
Days 2-3 - Friday & Saturday
All-day Friday and Saturday are when you experience massive results!
We work quickly and deeply through experiential exercises to make your writing JUICY during each intense phase of our workshop.
Your writing will flow more quickly, your ideas will speak more clearly, and you'll gain powerful business insight into your author opportunities.
We always feature a powerful key-note guest, who will share with you the pitfalls to avoid and the delights to embrace as an author changing the world. We've hosted some of the most inspiring writers, producers, CEO's, filmmakers, and more to help you cut your learning curve.
We build in all-important networking time throughout the retreat with your fellow thought-leaders on similar, very personal journeys. Life-long friendships are formed with immediate fans of your work. Imagine (besides family) who will celebrate with you when you're published!
Day 4 - Sunday
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with your group in a powerul final wrap-up lesson with Bridget in which you visualize where your story is now taking you.
The retreat officially concludes at 11:00 am. Find a place along the beautiful grounds and write, or sit and collaborate with your new friends!
Because of the Inspired Legacy Method™ and the connections you make here, your passionate communication with the world has only just begun! We have equipped you with all the tools necessary to go from a writer to a published author!
Watch out, baby, because the doors now open to you will knock your socks off!
People can spend money on a conference where they are momentarily affected, but have no new abilities.
Bridget's retreats over-deliver and are focused on transformation, for both the writer and the reader.
Registration closes in:
Payment plan options available, customized to your registration date.
Register with only a $500 down payment
Inclusions & Extras
This retreat is all-inclusive with three and a half days and three nights lodging and nine delicious meals, Thursday lunch through Sunday breakfast.
ONE-ON- ONES: As part of your retreat, each writer receives (1) one-on-one intensive with Bridget. (A $500 Value)
Bonus #1: Bridget's WriteJUICY! Program
A left-brain, right-brain class to help you access your master-brain in writing and outlining your bestselling book! Includes THREE video workshops and an interactive Workbook that's downloadable and printable. A $197 Program, yours for FREE.
Designed to help you get past the stumbling blocks that most beginning and even advanced writers struggle with, this program helps you not only rethink your book but rewire your brain for success. With a vital, expandable template, powerful examples, and a step-by-step system, you can create the vital backbone of your book.
Bonus #2: A signed, hardbound copy of "The Witness Wore Red"
Plus: Get a chance to win a free VIP lunch with Bridget, as well as other juicy prizes!
“Have you always wanted to be a writer, but never knew where to start? Well, I found the starting place for you! Last year, I went to an AMAZING writer's retreat hosted by Bridget. I met incredible authors, mapped out the ideas for my novels, created breakthroughs, unforgettable memories, and friendships with like-minded thinkers.
If you've seriously been thinking about writing, this is where you need to be!”
~ Elysia Butler
What are your take-aways from The Inspired Writer's Retreat?
In other words, when you leave The Inspired Writer's Retreat, you’re no longer afraid of the darkness. . .
or of the light that you can now bring to others.
What experience do I need to have to attend your retreat? No experience necessary, and all are welcome to attend: aspiring, published, or hobbyist. We cater to beginners through advanced writers. Our course concentrates on becoming published authors and launching your career in a remarkable way. However, hobbyists will receive so much value for their journey—and will be so greatly informed if you ever decide to take your hobby into the pro realm! Anyone can write, and we help you take what skills you have and awaken the writer within.
What do I submit to you before the retreat for our one-on-one? If you have them, by submitting a 1-2 page outline of the book plus four pages of your best writing, you give me great tools to know how to best assist you! If you don’t have one or either, I meet you exactly where you’re at and by the time we’re done, you will have all of this and MORE.
What if I only have an idea and not a full book outline yet? Perfect! We work on that here – your beginning, your ending, and sorting out all of the mess in the middle.
What if I am almost through with my manuscript? Perfect! We have had authors who were so grateful they came before they published. Their feedback has been that their books have become deeper, more juicy, and much more powerful than they would have been—PLUS they learned how specifically they wanted to publish and how to get there.
Will I be done with my book before I leave? Unless you’re almost done already, the answer is no. It takes much more than one weekend to write and finish a book. However, we DO take years off of your learning curve on writing, pitching, publishing, marketing, and launching your beautiful book! You will be so happy you learned everything you did.
What if I have no clue how I’m going to publish? Perfect again! We stay up on all of the latest trends so you know exactly which directions you can go. You will have your own preference for that decision based on you, your book, your needs, your career, and your desires.
How many attendees will be there? A maximum of 20 attendees, since we cater so much to your needs as a writer. We have one special dinner with a keynote where previous attendees are allowed to come and meet and mingle. It’s a wonderful experience.
What’s so special about this retreat compared to others? First, this is an immersive experience. Anyone can tell you tools: we immerse you in them! Anyone can guide you, but we teach you to tap into the deepest, most powerful story you have and put THAT on the page. We deliberately create awesome value for your dollar. We’ve had many authors who have taken programs and retreats across the country, and we’re delighted to report that no one does what we do—and that’s why they keep coming back.
Where do your writers come from? All over the world. We’ve had people from all across the U.S. attend, and every retreat we’re getting more and more folks from outside the U.S. and Canada!
What transportation options do you recommend to get me from the airport to the cabin? You may rent a vehicle for your private use or you may arrange for a ride through the Uber app. For those who are coming from warmer climates, you may feel more comfortable renting a vehicle with 4-wheel-drive for driving in our beautiful Utah canyons, but it is not requisite.
I’m arriving before Thursday, where should I stay? There are many hotels near the airport or in Salt Lake City that can accommodate you. Please read reviews and make a reservation at one that suits your needs best. National chains will offer more reliable services and comforts.
Do you have disabled access? Yes, although for a limited number of participants. If we have a larger group of what I called differently-abled folks, we will pick a special cabin in which to work. All of our cabins come equipped to work with at least one or two differently-abled clients.
What should I bring with me? You will be sent a specific list of items to submit and bring. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, from layered clothing for cool nights and warm days, to writing tools. Follow the list and you’ll be fine.
Do I have to go outside? Yes. And you will never be so happy you did in all of your writing life!
I understand your specialty is non-fiction. What if my book is fiction? Ooh, good question. First, there is some really intensive work we do on you as a writer, regardless of the genre. Second of all, we have special modules for our imaginative fiction authors to enhance your storytelling capabilities, characterization, plot, etc. You are so welcome to come! We will all love to be inspired by you, as well as inspire you to create your best.
What’s included in this retreat?
What’s your refund policy? The Inspired Writers Retreat is non-refundable, based upon the huge amount of work and investment we make in you. However, with advance notice of four weeks or more, you can transfer your full amount to any retreat in the next 12 months. For last minute emergency cancellations, a $500 administration and housing fee will be assessed for the next retreat.
These dates don’t work with my schedule. When is your next retreat? I host Inspired Writer’s Retreats multiple times a year. We are already taking registrations for my next retreat in February 2018! Please visit the February retreat webpage for more details on dates and payment details.
“Stories transform people, move people, inspire people, and sometimes save people. If there is a story inside of you that can do that for someone, I really would encourage you to talk to Bridget about her retreat. It just might change everything. It did for me.”
~ Heidi Totten