Writing Retreat 2021: Albuquerque

September 22-25, 2021
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Welcome to the WFWA writing retreat in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Join fellow women’s fiction writers for three edifying and entertaining days of workshops, writing, and networking in Albuquerque, New MexicoSeptember 22-25, 2021.

 

Registration is FULL. Get on the wait list here.

  
Workshop Presenter
Schedule
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We’re excited to welcome Donald Maass, founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and author of several popular writing craft books, including Writing the Breakout NovelWriting 21stCentury Fiction, and The Emotional Craft of Fiction, as our workshop presenter in 2021.

Over the three days of the retreat, attendees will split their time between workshop sessions with Don, writing, connecting with other women’s fiction authors, and recharging their creative wells.

During the workshop sessions, Don will take us deep into developing effective character arcs, building a vivid story world, and writing the “inner” novel, including creating emotional moments, building emotional progression within scenes, immersive POVs, subtext, and more. If you’ve never experienced Don’s teaching in person, don’t miss your chance! Come ready to work on your WIP or to get inspired and equipped to start your next manuscript.

Please note: Donald Maass is appearing at this retreat in his capacity as a teacher, not as a literary agent. This is a time of learning our craft, not selling it. Please do not pitch book ideas. 


Schedule

Preliminary schedule

Wednesday, September 22

  • Check-in and orientation
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, September 23

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, free time
  • Dinner

Friday, September 24

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, free time
  • Dinner and Awards reception for the Star and Rising Star contests

Saturday, September 25

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, free time
  • Dinner

Sunday, September 26

  • Check-out and good-byes!

As in years past, the Albuquerque retreat will be the location of the Awards Dinner where we announce the winners of this year’s Star and Rising Star Awards.

Registration Fee

Registration fee: $435 (includes breakfast and dinner Thursday-Saturday).

Your retreat registration fee pays for the event itself. It does not include hotel, airfare, transportation to the hotel, lunches, or other expenses not expressly stated above.

IMPORTANT

The hotel cannot currently accommodate the WFWA retreat due to current COVID-19 restrictions. We expect these restrictions to loosen and allow the event to take place. Based on this, we are opening registration for 85 participants. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will communicate regularly with all registered attendees on updates. Should WFWA need to change or cancel the retreat due to hotel guidelines, refunds will be made without cancellation fees to anyone registered at the time of cancellation.

Hotel

The retreat is being held at the laid-back Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, within walking distance of Albuquerque’s historical Old Town shops, galleries, and restaurants. 

Hotel rooms are $149.00 plus $20.00 amenity fee and taxes per night (single/double occupancy).

Reservations will be made directly through the hotel. After you have registered for the retreat, you will be sent a link to our block of rooms to get the group rate. 

All attendees will be required to comply with hotel and state restrictions for masks and social distancing. WFWA encourages each attendee to review guidelines posted by the hotel and the state.

You can find more about the safety precautions at Hotel ABQ here

Cancellation Policy

Please read carefully, as cancellation terms have changed. We will no longer be able to issue full refunds.*

Until May 30: 75% refund less $50 cancellation fee

June 1 – July 15: 50% refund less $50 cancellation fee

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after July 15. 

*We understand the COVID-related uncertainty, and the wellbeing of our members and presenters is of utmost importance. In the event that WFWA cancels the retreat, we will issue full refunds for those who are registered at time of cancellation.