On Your Mark Book Planning System and Retreat

  • Are you ready to begin your book or get it done (or both!)?

  • Interested in a retreat setting to get hyper-focused and make real headway over a weekend?

  • Need help in creating your writing plan so that you don’t waste valuable time?

Then enroll in Cathy’s On Your Mark Book Planning System and Retreat!

What you get for your investment:

  • Your strategic plan for writing your book, with clarity about your thesis, alignment with your business plan, identification of your target reader, and strategic objectives
  • Your writing plan, including your book outline, TOC (Table of Contents), and work project plan
  • Awareness of your mindset blocks, and the understanding and confidence on how to remove these blocks (How do I find the time? How do I address the Imposter Syndrome? How do I honor my goals?)
  • Insights on self-publishing so that you can identify your publishing strategy and the tools and resources to get you across the finish line
  • Connection and community with like-minded individuals who are working on their nonfiction books for resources on best- and current-practices
  • An environment conducive to writing over a three-day period with the opportunity to significantly begin or complete your book

The system includes the following:Cathy Fyock, Coach

  • Three day retreat outside Louisville, KY at Valaterra retreat center.
  • Copy of On Your Mark and Blog2Book
  • Intake assessment with Cathy one-on-one via Zoom
  • Access to two Group Coaching sessions after the retreat
  • Introductory webinar to help you prepare for the retreat and maximize your investment
  • Post retreat one-on-one session via Zoom

Investment is $2497 and $1497 (for clients).

Act Now! There are limited spaces available. Contact Cathy at Cathy@CathyFyock.com or by calling 502-445-6539 to reserve your place!

Uplifting. Empowering. Informational. Educational. Emotional. Fun. I am well on my way to writing my first book.  I don’t think I would have had the confidence or drive to move forward without the fabulous experience of the retreat.

–Henrietta Pepper

When I entered Cathy Fyock’s book writing retreat, I had little more than a title, an idea and a 5-year body of work on my topic: “Small Events, Big Impact.” By the time I left, 3 days later, I had outlined, compiled and organized almost 50,000 words. In other words: a rough draft. I am beyond impressed by the work we did that weekend, and have so much gratitude for Cathy Fyock for making it happen. I HIGHLY recommend this program. 

–Michelle Villalobos, CEO & Founder, The Superstar Activator

Overnight Accommodations

Out of town authors can book their reservations at several close-by options, including the following:

Chateau Bourbon, bed and breakfast in Norton Commons (within five minutes walking distance of the retreat center):  https://www.chateaubourbon.com/

Drury Inn (suites within a five minute drive of the retreat center):  https://www.druryhotels.com/locations/louisville-ky/drury-inn-and-suites-louisville-north?utm_source=local&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast (also within a five minute drive of the retreat center):


Proposed Agenda

Day One

9 am Networking and sign in (coffee and light, healthy refreshments served throughout the retreat)

9:30 – 11: Session One: Energy exercises, writing exercises, introductions

11 – 12: Writing Time/Small Group Activity

12 – 1:30 Lunch (light lunch provided)

1:30 – 3 Session Two: Mapping Your Book

3 – 5 Writing Time/Free Time

5 – 6 Networking event (appetizers)

Day Two

9 – 10:30 Session Three: Mindset blocks and how to overcome them

10:30 – 12 Writing Time/Small Group Activity

12 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3 Session Four: Putting your project plan together

3 – 6 Writing Time

6:00   Group Dinner Provided (followed by free time)

Day Three

9 – 10:30 Session Five: Author Panel

10:30 – 12 Writing Time

12 – 1 Lunch

1 – 2 Publishing Options

2 – 5 Writing Time and Farewells

Past Retreat Results

For those focusing on generating word count goals, participants were able to produce between 2300 and 5660 words toward their books in Cathy’s one-day virtual retreat!

In the first three-day immersion retreat held September 6 – 8, the six participants generated over 104,000 words, for an average production of more than 17,000 per attendee. One participant finished his final manuscript, and one participant completed assembling her first draft. Feedback included: “I now consider myself a writer.” “I now have the confidence to write my book.” “I got total clarity about my book and how it will help me build my business.”

Testimonials from Cathy’s Clients and Retreat Participants

I’ve been in the speaking industry 20 years and have met several professionals who help authors. When I met Cathy I knew I wanted her expertise to guide me along the way. She was helpful in every aspect of this book, and she held my feet to the fire to make sure it got done! I highly recommend her.   –Lois Creamer

Cathy knows how to guide, coach, consult and inspire writers to a new level of professionalism and writing success in her retreat. She orchestrates the ideal atmosphere for you to think, create, and write the story you know you need to tell.  –Jeff Nally, Executive Coach, PCC, RPCC, SPHR

If you know you have a book in you and just can’t quite get it out, you need Cathy Fyock!  Cathy is skilled in asking you the questions to get clarity in your goals and help you focus your message.   Her proven book coaching process will assure you stay disciplined to complete your book in your set time table.  I could never have completed my book in three weeks without Cathy’s knowledge, skill and accountability process!  Her gentle, but firm and loving encouragement kept me going to get to the finish line!                –Elizabeth Jeffries, Author, What Exceptional Executives Need to Know

The retreat was great! It really helped to have the blocked off time to write between the sessions. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was fantastic and well worth the money I paid. Thanks again for all you do to help us budding writers.  –Beth Warren


Act Now! There are limited spaces available. Contact Cathy at Cathy@CathyFyock.com or by calling 502-445-6539 to reserve your place!

Save the dates!

March 20 – 22, 2020

May 7 – 9

July 9 – 11

September 17 – 19

November 5 – 7


The writers’ retreat that Cathy curated was gentle and intentional; it allowed a seamless flow from vibrant community exchanges to sacred space to hone our craft. I was able to find laughter, tears, and words within me that birthed my next book, Leading In Color. Thank you Cathy for being the writers’ midwife. Sign me up for the next one and the next one.

–Marta Miranda-Stråub, Founder and Principal Catapult Now LLC, author of Cradled by Skeletons: a Life in Poems and Essays

I can’t recommend Cathy Fyock’s Writing System and Retreat enough.  I was looking for something that provided me deep insights into the book writing and publishing process, a group of like-minded authors, and most importantly, time to write.  Cathy’s retreat didn’t disappoint.  I am looking forward to signing up for future retreats!

Whether you are new to writing or have a draft that you are trying to complete, Cathy Fyock’s Writing System and Retreat will give you exactly what you need.  I came in with a book draft and can proudly say that I completed my final manuscript during the retreat bringing me one step closer to being a published author!  I couldn’t have done it without Cathy and this amazing retreat.

–Brandon M. Smith, The Workplace Therapist

I cant say enough about my experience with Cathy. This is my first book and I honestly never considered myself an author. I was intimidated by the idea of writing a book, much less where to even start. Cathy provided the resources necessary to get me started and on my way, and was extremely supportive when I needed that boost of confidence! I just returned from Cathy’s writing retreat this past weekend, and would recommend it to anyone looking for their “writing tribe”. I found mine! So valuable!  Thank you Cathy.

–Laura Leaton, Certified Business Coach and Corporate Trainer

Cathy Fyock’s Writer’s Retreat was a harmonious blend of education, networking and creative writing time all in a delightful setting.  I easily accomplished  my goals for the retreat and left energized.  I recommend Cathy’s Writer’s Retreat for anyone feeling they have a message inside that needs to be shared.  It is an inspiring experience!
 –Lisa M. Johnson, Leadership Trainer/Coach/Speaker/Author
I attended Cathy Fyock’s “On Your Mark” book retreat and it was AWESOME! It was so much more than I expected and a great investment of my time and money. I attended the retreat because I have never written a book before and had no idea on how to arrange my thoughts to put them in the best format for a book. Thanks to Cathy and her brilliant staff I received professional advice on how to organize my thoughts and so much more. I’ve been writing consistently since the retreat and will be publishing my book in the beginning of 2020! Thank you Cathy.
–LaVeer Joval