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What are the Catalyst Creative Retreats?
Our creative wellness retreats provide small groups of up to 12 content creators personalized attention of an industry expert focused on building your skills and guiding your journey. Enjoy the full power of the creative sanctuary that is Duluth, Minnesota with a full immersion wellness experience including home-cooked healthy meals, outdoor activities, individual sanctuary time, and more lovingly crafted by Blue Fractal.
What is included?
All creative workshops, meetings & events at the retreat
Lodging in a charming house
Everyone has their own room
1-year membership to the Catalyst Story Institute
1 project submission to the Catalyst Content Festival
1 Content Creator badge to the annual festival in Duluth
Fun outdoor recreation activities provide the ideal environment to ignite your creative mind throughout this six-day retreat and beyond
Who can register?
Creators, writers, directors, actors & producers
Must be age 21 or older
$2,400 (includes lodging & meals)
$1,500 (no lodging needed)
Partial scholarships may be available for artists that demonstrate financial need.
2022 Retreat Schedule
Next Level Script Writing
Caissie St. Onge
May 2-7, 2022
As harrowing as it is exhilarating, the journey of writing a script is not for the faint of heart. While sometimes perceived to be a solitary task, we instead believe that putting your story to ink is best achieved through the guidance of a skilled mentor and a workshop of peers. Therefore, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity to be mentored by writer, director, and producer Caissie St. Onge. Through decades of creating content with the likes of Tina Fey, Busy Phillips, Andy Cohen, Bette Midler, and many others, Caissie has the nuanced touch needed to bring your script to the next level.
Your time with Caissie will involve a little formal instruction and a lot of discussing, workshopping, and writing. You can expect to leave this retreat fueled with a lifetime’s worth of insight not just into the writing process, but also a far more developed script. Caissie will also share her hard-won wisdom on how to navigate our rapidly evolving industry as a writer. This retreat is intended for creators who can bring with them an existing original script in any stage of development.
Do You Have Stories to Tell?
Storytelling is core to who we are. It's how we learn, it's how we connect, it's how we inspire - and it's how we shape the world into becoming the better place we want it to be. You've come to Catalyst because you have stories to share and are looking for the a path to have them funded, produced, and distributed to the world.
When it comes to the business of storytelling & production, your story falls into one of two artistic formats: (1) it's either a series, meaning that it is an open-ended story world designed for the viewer to watch over the course of multiple episodes, or (2) it is a film, meaning that it has a pre-determined beginning, middle, and end designed to be watched in one sitting (typically under 3 hours).
Catalyst focuses only on series, not films.
The Truth About Making a Series
Because your story is in a series format, it is not good enough for you to just be talented and have a good story idea. You need to simultaneously build a network of people who believe in your ability to create an entire series that doesn't exist yet. Creating your show is as much about who YOU are as a person as it is about the story you're telling.
This is why the series side of the business can seem so much more difficult to breakthrough - because it's all about relationships and trust. And that takes time (years) and opportunity.
Types of Content Accepted
Narrative/episodic/serialized content of any genre, length, style, and type: comedy, drama, thriller, scripted, unscripted, documentary, limited series, social media, influencer, short form,"half-hour", "hour-long", radio, podcast, reality, talk show, game show, animation, kids, gaming, VR, mobile, etc.
Projects can be in any stage of development: pitch, script, in-production, post-production, or completed.
Your projects can have any number of episodes. Projects with an average runtime of 15 minutes or less per episode will be considered "short form".
Types of Content Not Accepted
How It Works
Create your profile in our creative database including your project info & career details
Schedule a general meeting with our retreat team to discuss your career path & goals
Prepare by watching our institute videos including 20+ hours of seminars
Book your flight to Duluth
Enjoy the retreat!
Are retreat registrations refundable?
Sorry but no. Once you've registered, your pass is not refundable.
Can I move my pass to a different month?
Requests to move your pass to a different retreat will be handled on a case-by-case basis. It is not guaranteed.
Who are the Industry Professionals Involved?
The industry producers, casting directors, writers, directors, lawyers, agents, speakers and other professionals who partner with us.
Do I have to submit a project?
No. While you're welcome to submit a project to work on at the retreat, it is not required.
Is my project automatically accepted to the festival?
No. Festival selection is separate from the retreats. Being on a retreat does not guarantee festival selection.