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2018 WFWA Retreat
Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 9:00 AM to Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:00 AM EDT
Category: Retreats and Regional Gatherings

What to Expect

The WFWA Retreat is a craft and networking event. It’s an opportunity to talk about women’s fiction – both the writing and marketing aspects – with like-minded writers in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 2018 retreat will focus on the art of revision, with book coach, author, and creative strategist Jennie Nash. Ms. Nash will be teaching a revision process that will help writers at every stage in their career hone their self-editing skills and learn how to give their manuscripts that extra boost. There will be in-person lessons, plenty of time to execute the revision exercises, and a live review of a handful of participants' before-and-after revisions for an inside peek into how an editor thinks.

There will also be discussion groups on topics chosen by retreat attendees. These informal discussions are facilitated by retreat attendees and are an opportunity for everyone to share experiences, questions, concerns, and ideas.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, September 26:

  •        Open board meeting and Q&A in the afternoon

  •        Welcome get-together

Thursday, September 27:

  •        Morning dedicated to workshop lecture and writing/revising time

  •        Afternoon Q&A with Jennie Nash followed by discussion groups

Friday, September 28:

  •        Morning dedicated to workshop lecture and writing/revising time

  •        Afternoon Q&A with Jennie Nash followed by discussion groups, as well as an “inside an editor’s head” review of a handful of before and after excerpts from work revised at the retreat

Saturday, September 29:

  •        Morning dedicated to writing, then a final workshop lecture and Q&A

  •        Afternoon discussion groups

Meals included in the registration fee

  •        Breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

  •        Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack breaks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

  •        Dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Note that all lunches are on your own, as well as Wednesday dinner and Sunday breakfast.

What to Bring

  •        Laptop and charger, if you plan to write.

  •        One chapter to revise during the workshop.

  •        A sweater or wrap. Meeting rooms can get chilly!

  •        Credit cards/money for lunches and any souvenirs you find in Old Town. 

Dress Code

You won’t need fancy clothes for this event. We’ll be learning, writing, talking—you’ll want to be comfortable. Jeans, khakis, even sweats or yoga pants are fine. Although keep in mind that we’re not the only guests in the hotel, so jammies may not be the most appropriate comfy-writing-clothes choice, unless, of course, you’re writing in your room.

Bring comfortable shoes, especially if you’re planning on a walk to Old Town.

You may want to pack something a bit more festive for the dinners, especially the awards dinner, but nothing in the formal or semi-formal or wanna-be formal range.

Connecting with Retreat Attendees

There is a private Facebook group for each WFWA retreat. It’s a great place to find a roommate, connect with others for sharing rides to and from the hotel, and build the anticipation.  

Hotel & Transportation

Click here to book a room at the hotel.  

The WFWA group rate is $149.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy). To receive the group rate, register through the link above or if you’re calling, you must state that you would like to be placed within the “WFWA Conference" block of rooms, or refer to the Block Code 1809WFWA.  

There are numerous transportation options to and from the airport in Albuquerque. Details on a group rate for a shuttle and/or coordinating taxi/uber rides will be addressed in the retreat Facebook group closer to the event time.


Registration will open on March 26, 2018. In order to ensure a more intimate retreat atmosphere, registration will be capped at 85. 

Registration for WFWA members: $390 (does not include travel or hotel)

Cancellation Policy

Cancel prior to May 28: full refund less $50 cancellation fee

Cancel between May 29 - July 30: 50% of the registration, less $50 cancellation fee

No refunds after July 30.


If you have questions or recommendations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Orly Konig, WFWA founding/past president and retreat chair

Contact: [email protected]