Writing Retreat 2022: Albuquerque

September 21-24, 2022
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 21-24, 2022.


Registration will open on March 14

Workshop Presenter
Registration Fee


We’re excited to have Angela Ackerman, writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, and its many sequels. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, a portal to game-changing tools and resources that enable writers to craft powerful fiction.

Get ready to take your understanding of character behavior and mindset to a new level as Angela dives into human psychology and how to leverage it within your story. You'll explore emotional wounds and how they reshape your character in fundamental ways and create a perfect storm of dysfunction which must be unraveled in character arc for them to succeed.

Next, it's on to subtext and hidden emotion where you'll fill your mental toolbox with ways to realistically show your character's feelings, especially the ones they are trying to hide from everyone else. Finally, Angela digs into story stakes and how to use a variety of ante-uppers to create fresh premises that will tug at a reader's emotions so they feel more connected to your characters and their goals.



Preliminary schedule

Wednesday, September 21

  • Check-in and orientation
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, September 22

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 
  • Lunch is on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, discussion groups, free time
  • Dinner

Friday, September 23

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop
  • Lunch is on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, discussion groups, free time
  • Dinner and Awards reception for the Star and Rising Star contests

Saturday, September 24

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 
  • Lunch is on your own
  • Writing, brainstorming, discussion groups, free time
  • Dinner

Sunday, September 25

  • 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: $570
Breakfast and dinner are included in the registration fee on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Due to a significant increase in cost of food, we’ve had to increase the registration fees for the retreats this year. Registration fees cover the cost of putting on the retreats. WFWA does not make money on any of these events.

Hotel, airfare, transportation to the hotel, lunches, or other expenses not expressly stated above are not included in the registration fee.


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


All WFWA retreats will adhere to local, state, and federal guidance/regulations regarding COVD-19 safety measures and other public health requirements. We are closely monitoring developments in each of the locations where our 2022 retreats will be held and will continue to monitor as we get closer to the dates for each of the retreats.

For the safety of our members, speakers, and the venue staff, WFWA requests that all attendees be fully vaccinated. We will be running the retreats following best practices and in compliance with the local, state, and federal guidelines at the time each of the retreats takes place.
As a courtesy to fellow retreat attendees and hotel staff, please:
  1. Follow all CDC recommendations for limiting COVID-19 exposure prior to the retreat: correct and consistent mask use, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, practice proper hand sanitation, and proper disinfection of shared surfaces and objects. 
  2. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the retreat, please let retreat organizers know. Proof of a negative covid test is required prior to arrival at the retreat.
  3. If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 5 days of the retreat, you must inform the retreat organizers prior to arrival.  
  4. If you develop symptoms just prior to travel, please stay home.
  5. Should you develop symptoms during the retreat, immediately notify organizers, isolate, and get a rapid test.
Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, WFWA reserves the right to alter these policies at any time to best keep our attendees safe. Please note the cancellation policy for the retreats. Should WFWA cancel a retreat, WFWA will endeavor to provide a refund up to the full amount of the retreat fee to any member registered at time of cancellation.

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.