As a result of growing up in rural America with little artistic encouragement and guidance, and then attending numerous "inspirational writing" workshops in which I wasn’t inspired and never wrote, I shook off my own fear of failure and decided to “go it alone” in order to become a fulltime author. I eventually was "plucked from the slush pile" by an agent, meaning I had no connections or "in's" to major publishing other than my work. I secured an incredible agent, and my first memoir, America’s Boy, was sold to Dutton/Penguin a week after I signed with my agent. That was six books ago.… After my third memoir sold to Crown/Random House, I created “Wade’s Writers” not only to support new and emerging talent but so writers wouldn't have to go it alone. My personalized, intensive and transformational writing retreats are inspired by my journey. I bring my own unique and highly personal take on writing and the business of writing to a new level: My workshops are equal parts inspirational and professional.

Upcoming Workshops

May 16th, 2015

Turkey Run - Wade's Home

Are you ready to take the leap and take your writing to the next level while spending the day in a bestselling author's home?

Wade Rouse is inviting you to spend a day in his home for this once a year experience for introductory writers or writers that are ready to take the next step. This retreat will also include breakfast and lunch prepared with love by Wade's partner, Gary. Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer's worst and final editor. Wade will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will share examples of his early work, and how his overcoming of fear—in his life and in his writing—was the final piece of the puzzle that changed his work and his voice forever, and led him to become a bestselling author.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Saugatuck/Fennville, MI 49408
Address will be provided after registration

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November 7th, 2015

Have You Ever Dreamed of Being a Writer?

Would You Like to Learn How to Write A Book,
Freelance for Major Magazines
Or Start Your Own Food or Travel Blog?


Now is your chance!

The Kirby is pleased to welcome bestselling author and local resident Wade Rouse, who will be presenting a Writer’s Workshop on Saturday, May 9th. Come join the nationally-renowned author, magazine writer and humorist as he shares his writing experiences and offers insider tips and step-by-step guidelines for getting started and getting to the top in one of Wade's one-of-a-kind workshops that have been hailed by Writer's Digest!

The full-day event includes a welcome “Meet & Greet” reception, lunch, a sommelier-guided wine tasting, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
**Lodging is additional

While enjoying the best of the lakeshore, the best food and the best wine, Wade's personalized, intensive and transformational writing retreat – inspired by his own journey – will also change you and help you overcome your fear to channel your true writing voice. Wade's workshops are equal parts inspirational and professional: You will write (and share your writing – including what you're working on and about your experience at The Kirby) and also learn, step by step, how to turn your work – including food and travel writing – into a book (voice, editing, structure, passion), get your writing into major magazines (the art of querying, pitching and honing) and create your own "brand". Wade will share his food writing and travel pieces as well.

If writing is your passion or if you’ve ever considered writing professionally or simply starting your own blog, but didn’t know where to begin, then this workshop is for you (foodies, wine lovers and writers alike!). Wade will help make your dream a reality.    

We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

The Kirby Bed & Breakfast
294 W. Center St.
Douglas, MI 49406
Phone: 269-857-5472

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