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SKU: 2018 Winter Retreat
Price: $379.00
When: January 12th - 14th, 2018
Where: West Palm Beach, FL at the Marriott Hotel
Hotel ReservationsCLICK HERE to make hotel reservations online at the discounted rate of $179 per night for dates ranging from January 9th - 18th, 2018.
IMPORTANT: You must book your hotel room by 12/22/2017 to lock in the $179 rate. Last year the block filled up quickly so make sure to reserve your spot before it's too late!


We've never done anything quite like this, and we are excited! We hope you will join us on FRIDAY, January 12, for the First Annual Eclipse Winter Retreat Realtime Championship Competition.  We are going to send someone home with a giant trophy!  

Also for the first time ever, we are having a REALTIME LAB on Friday. See the details below. We will offer Vox, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes on Saturday and Sunday, as well as some wonderful bonus classes from Anissa Nierenberger and a little something for pain and stress management that feels amazing, a class on Chinese cupping and meditation. It's going to be GREAT in 2018 and we want you to be there!

REALTIME LAB & COMPETITION (+$99/$20 discount w/Saturday & Sunday classes or $119 by itself)
First Annual Eclipse Winter Retreat Realtime Competition
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  • .25 CE credits awarded for each leg of the contest where a participant attains 95 percent accuracy or greater.

We will have a warm-up period before the official dictation begins.  We would encourage everyone to participate, regardless of skill level. You never know!  You are also welcome to watch even if you don't participate.

Realtime Lab
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • ​4 hours or .4 CE credits
  • Instructors: Jeremy Thorne & Julie Samford

We are starting later in the day so if you arrive sometime on Friday morning, you still have time to make the class.

This will be a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves realtime lab with Jeremy Thorne and Julie Samford. Bring your equipment, and we will bring your our best tips and tricks for better realtime.

This won't be a quick explanation with a handout. We'll start the day out with Analyze Docs and Build Dictionary for awesome realtime prep. We will give you actual files to analyze and we will get some from an online source, convert them to ASCII and scan them against your dictionary to see what you need to add for your next realtime job. Then we will use that list to quickly add the words using Build Dictionary.

Everything that we teach, we will go through actual exercises together to make sure you've got it. This will be for ALL LEVELS. (Vox participants, Jennifer Lester Thompson will be right there with you to provide any instructions for voice that might vary from steno.  We've got you covered!) Whether you provide realtime output for attorneys or not, let's make your translation rate something to be proud of!

We will also do a live demonstration of Connection Magic shared editing where everyone can log in and help scope a job together. Jeremy will go over setting up Bridge Mobile without using the internet, and we can all log in as attorneys to view the realtime feed.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY from 9:00 am - 2:15 pm 
5 hours or .5 CE credits each day
Instructor: Joe Maiello
Instructor:  Julie Samford
Instructor: Jeremy Thorne
Instructor: Jennifer Lester Thompson


Terminate Transcript Turmoil 2
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (1.5 hours or .15 CE credits)
Instructor: Anissa Nierenberger

We’ll review the SADA concept from the original TTT, talk about families of prefixes and suffixes and the importance of consistency! Anissa will talk about valuable word pieces, how to make stacking work FOR you, and how FPP55 earns you better realtime in only one week!

Dragon Workshop
2:45 pm - 5:15 pm (2.5 hours or .25 CE credits)
Instructor: Jennifer Lester Thompson
Optimizing user settings, building and maintaining solid user profiles, best practices for increasing your recognition accuracy.
Proper Care and Feeding of the Court Reporter's Body, Mind and Soul
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm (1 hour or .1 CE credits)
Instructor: Julie Samford
If you feel like all those years of producing transcripts are taking a toll on you, this class is for you!  Julie will bring her best tips for taking care of yourself, from the latest technology to help you stay organized down to Chinese cupping for pain relief for your sore arms and shoulders. This is one full hour dedicated to improving your life as a reporter using some tools you may have not considered.


Realtime Contest Awards Ceremony/Jeremy's 50th Birthday Party/Talent Contest
No credits. It's a party!
Do you have a hidden talent other than your mad court reporting skills?  Show us what you've got!   The grand prize winner will take home one free year of tech support!  Email Julie at to enter the talent show and we'll get this party started!  We love our Eclipse family, and we're looking forward to celebrating with you on this fun evening.  It's Jeremy Thorne's 50th birthday and Advantage Software's 30th year in business.  We've got lots to celebrate, and we want you to be there!


Brief Families = Quick Tricks!
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (1.5 hours or .15 CE credits)
Instructor: Anissa Nierenberger
All happy families are alike and learning family briefs is fun and easy! Families inspire us and these briefs will inspire you, too. They’re consistent, like-minded, and become a masterpiece when adopted. The ^dom brief family has 8 members, the ^line brief family has 25 members, and the a^ family has 56 members. These are a small example of the families that we’ll get to know in our hour together!
Passport Touch Writer Class
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm (1 hour or .1 CE credits)
Instructor: Ashli Van Dyke
Ashli is our premier writer tech, and she will guide you through making adjustments and everything you need to know about your Passport Touch.  If you're looking into purchasing the Touch, we welcome your questions as well. Come try it out! You may just fall in love a little bit.   

REALTIME LAB ONLY?  If you do not wish to signup the Saturday & Sunday training and only want to attend the Friday Realtime Lab and  Competition please CLICK HERE (additional $20).