Albuquerque Writing Retreat 2024 
September 4-7
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

WFWA Writers in Albuquerque

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

Join us in sunny Albuquerque! Our presenter, Angela Ackerman, will help take writing to the next level as you dive into human psychology and learn how to leverage it within your story. Come see why so many WFWA writers come back to this idyllic retreat year-after-year.


Workshop Presenter
Registration Fee
Cancellations and Policies

Introducing Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a story coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, and its many sequels. Available in nine languages, her guides are sourced by universities, recommended by agents and editors, and used by novelists, screenwriters, and psychologists worldwide. To date, this series has sold over 1.2 million copies.

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.

This year, 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 conflict and 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.


Book Marketing Boot Camp

Lainey Cameron is offering a fantastic added value for our Albuquerque registrants. She’s offering a 3-hour workshop — Book Marketing Boot Camp! — at no extra charge, on Saturday afternoon. 

She’ll zero in on the most important actions while you’re still pre-publication, during your book launch, and once your work is out in the world.

She’ll share insights and materials based on her sold-out masterclass, 12 Weeks to Book Launch Success, where she works with authors over 12 weeks to develop a complete plan to launch their books.

About Lainey Cameron:
Lainey Cameron is an award-winning author and podcaster, and a book marketing expert.

A recovering tech industry executive, her first novel, The Exit Strategy, won fourteen book awards and became an Amazon #1 bestseller. She’s the creator of 12 Weeks to Book Launch Success a group program where she helps authors build a plan to successfully launch their novel or memoir. She co-hosts the Best of Book Marketing podcast with author and indie publishing coach Paulette Stout.

She’s also the founder of the award-winning Best of Women’s Fiction Podcast (rated among the top 5% of all podcasts). She’s a proud member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and believes community is what makes the author’s life worthwhile.



Wednesday, September 4

  • Check-in and orientation
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, September 5

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop: Hidden Emotion & Subtext: Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing Brainstorming, discussion groups, free time
  • Dinner

Friday, September 6

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop: Emotional Wounds: How to Uncover a Character’s Past Pain
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing Brainstorming, discussion groups, free time
  • Dinner

Saturday, September 7

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop: Conflict & How to Raise the Stakes (Without Killing Everyone)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Writing, free time
  • Book Marketing Boot Camp with Lainey Cameron
  • Dinner

Sunday, September 8

  • Check-out and goodbyes!

Registration Fee

Learning at the WFWA Retreat West Registration fee: $570
Breakfast and dinner are included in the registration fee on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Costs remain high, and 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 $199.00 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 COVID-19 restrictions. WFWA encourages each attendee to review guidelines posted by the hotel and the state.



 All participants agree to adhere to these policies upon registration.