Writing Retreat 2022: Alexandria

October 12-15, 2022

The Alexandrian at Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

Join fellow women’s fiction writers for three amazing days of workshops, writing, networking, and fun in Alexandria, Virginia October 12-15, 2022




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We’re excited to have Jane Friedman as our presenter. Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane’s latest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing. In addition to being a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com.
Money is often a taboo subject for writers, but if you want your writing to be a long-term, sustainable activity, then it's necessary to consider the business model that will support your art. Whether you choose to have a day job, rely on a family member, or focus on how to market and sell your work for top dollar, we'll discuss how to be clear-eyed and strategic about developing a business model best suited to your personality, your writing, and your earnings expectations. For writers who would like to be smarter and more efficient about their business—and see their marketing activity pay off—you will gain a life-long ability to modify and strengthen your business model, better connect the dots among all your platform building efforts, and focus on the big-picture outcome you desire with less anxiety and second guessing.


Preliminary schedule

Wednesday, October 12

  • Check-in and orientation
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 13

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

Friday, October 14

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

Saturday, October 15

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

Sunday, October 16

  • Check-out and good-byes!

Registration Fee

Registration fee: $550
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, or other expenses not expressly stated above are not included in the registration fee.


The retreat is being held at the lovely Alexandrian Old Town, located steps away from the scenic and vibrant waterfront and historic cobblestone streets of Alexandria, Virginia.
Hotel rooms are $199 plus applicable tax and fees, single or 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 hotel safety protocol 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.