Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel, and she hopes it will change her life.
She quits her job, ends a ten-year affair she’s had with her married boss, and heads off to The Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers’ conferences in the country, where she wants to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors or a well-known literary agent to help her get published.
The conference is in a picturesque setting, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. From the moment Laura arrives, she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there. The male writers on the staff are more interested in having sex with her than in her manuscript. Anxiety builds with each day as her hopes dwindle, leading Laura to think that she’s made the wrong choice in wanting to be an author. Then something extraordinary happens that makes her change her mind.