Writers Retreat

The 2015 RMFW Writers Retreat

March 11-15, 2015
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

RMFW is thrilled to announce our third annual writers retreat! Our 2015 location, one of the brand-new eight-bedroom retreat cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, is nestled in the heart of some of the world’s most majestic mountains. You’re sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you. Come write with us! Registration will open November 2014. Watch this page for details!

How many people can come?

We will max out at 16 registrants, or we will close registration when all the bedrooms have been booked, whichever happens first. It depends on how many registrants want to stay in their own room or share a room with one or two other people. We will be staying in one of the YMCA’s gorgeous, brand-new eight-bedroom retreat cabins! They are stunning, just like the the natural beauty that surrounds them. The cabin has seven bedrooms that each have two queen beds and a private bathroom; in addition, the cabin has one bedroom with three twin beds and a private bathroom. The cabin has a full kitchen for those who want to prepare their own meals, and the YMCA has a cafeteria, restaurant, and small general store for those who don’t. I anticipate we’ll have at least a couple group meals in the cabin, depending on how many people want to pitch in!

Will there still be a retreat in September, after the Colorado Gold Conference?

Sadly, no. Moving forward, the retreat will likely be every late winter or early spring, opposite the conference.

What’s new for the March 2015 retreat?

  • A new location!
  • More programming! At least two agent/editor workshops, plus additional classes and critique workshop opportunities.

How much does it cost to attend the retreat?

RMFW does not aim to make money on the retreat; we aim to break even. We divide the total costs (location rental plus speaker fees) by the target number of attendees to give you the most affordable experience possible. The costs to attend the 2015 retreat are:

  • $607  |  Four nights in a double-queen room with a private bathroom ($151.75 per night).
  • $346  |  “Bring a Buddy” rate. Four nights sharing a double-queen room and private bathroom ($115.33 per night, per person).
  • $259  |  “Bring Two Buddies” rate (per person). Four nights sharing a three-twin-bed room and private bathroom ($86.33 per night, per person). Note. The retreat cabin only has one of these rooms, so the “bring two buddies rate” is limited to the first group of three to register for it.

What’s included in the cost of registration?

  • Four nights’ lodging in one of the YMCA of the Rockies’ new eight-bedroom retreat cabins, complete with kitchen, fireplace, and large common area.
  • Access to the YMCA’s vast grounds and all their guest amenities, including restaurants, shops, and (depending on the weather) indoor swimming, outdoor ice skating, snowshoeing, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, and more.
  • Minutes-away access to the town of Estes Park, the historic Stanley Hotel, and the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Extensive library of writing books and resources in the common area.
  • At least two agent/editor workshops or critique sessions, plus additional educational programming.
  • After-dinner open-mic readings.
  • The opportunity to meet and spend time with with other writers.
  • The opportunity to relax and draw inspiration from the gorgeous mountain-town setting of the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park, Colorado.
  • The opportunity to spend four days (Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning) focusing solely on just being a writer.

Quiet Writing Time

We will ask kindly that all attendees be courteous and remember that there is no talking in the common room during quiet writing time. Exceptions to quiet time will be during group meal times and the agent/editor workshops and other classes.

What To Bring

  • Layers. Colorado weather in the spring can be 80 degrees and sunny, or it can be snowy and cold, so plan to layer your clothing accordingly.
  • Walking shoes or hiking boots. Whatever the weather, you’ll want to be prepared to take breaks from your writing to walk around downtown Golden or join others for an impromptu hike in the nearby foothills.
  • Laptop, notebook, pens, pencils, story bibles, storyboards, sticky notes, index cards…whatever you need to make progress on your current work.
  • Headphones.
  • A cushion or lumbar-support device, if you have a hard time sitting for a long time.
  • Power cord, extension cord, and/or power strip.
  • Dictionary, thesaurus, etc. RMFW will make a small library of writing resources available for your reference.

Please email your questions to Retreat Chair Angie Hodapp at retreat@rmfw.org. We look forward to hosting you in Estes Park in 2015!