Kindling Words is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are careful to keep the costs in balance with our expenses. The tuition for the week at KWW 2017 is $415.
As always, if finances are keeping you from coming, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. (And if you can donate to the fund, your gift allows a colleague to come just when they might need it most!)
Balcones is a 250-acre retreat center on the north shore of Lake Travis, deep in the Texas Hill Country. The cabins are rustic, 2 or 4 to a building, and are spread out on a lighted walking path along the edge of the lake. Throughout the property there are many spaces for working alone or in groups, both indoors and out.
The modern rustic cabins come with a private bathroom & in-room wi-fi, twin or king sized beds with memory foam mattresses, pine desks, lamps, ac and ceiling fans.
The meals are simple and delicious, crafted by the Balcones culinary trained chef. Available all day: hot or iced coffee, tea, water.
Kindling Words West is a full 7-day week, and timed to dovetail into the Texas Library Association annual meeting in Houston. The lodging cost below includes all room, board and taxes. There will be a cash bar available every evening.
There are a variety of room configurations. If you would like to share, sign up with your friends, or check in with the registrar for roommates.
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Hereâs how Kindling Words West works.
Kindling Words is open only to authors, illustrators and editors working with a traditional children’s book publisher. If you meet this eligibility requirement, you may sign up.
There is no lottery for KWW. It is first-come, first-admitted.
Registration opens for KWW at noon EST on October 8th and remains open until all slots and a waiting list are filled. The retreat at Balcones has enough single rooms for everyone, but you are also welcome to share with friends.
KW West Sign-Up
Sign-Up for Kindling Words West
We will notify you ASAP to let you know of your status (in or on the wait list.)
Retreat at Balcones Payment Schedule
$100 non-refundable deposit with registration (plus PayPal fee)
$315 due by January 15th (plus PayPal fee)
If you would rather pay by check, please contact the registrar at KWW@kindlingwords.org.
$350 room / board deposit is due on reservation (credit card or check paid to Retreat at Balcones)
Final payment due by February 28th (credit card or check) – The deposit is non-refundable.
*Note: Please send all questions and/or correspondence about KW West to: KWW@KindlingWords.org
Travel and Transportation
We recommend that if you need to fly, you book your flights into Austin. We will be arranging an inexpensive shuttle service to and from the retreat, which is just about an hour west of the airport.