We had to read two books ahead of time and submit a completed novel. From those submitted novels, we were assigned to groups of four participants, and we got copies of each others' manuscripts to read.
I've read the assigned texts and the manuscripts – one was a contemporary middle grade and the other two were middle-grade fantasy. Mine was an historical novel for young adults.
I enjoyed the manuscripts. I'm looking forward to meeting the writers.
Hope I learn lots at the retreat. I really want to improve my writing. And then I hit the road for conferences in February and March.