Writers Retreat

 The 2018 RMFW Writers Retreat

March 15-18, 2018
Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado


We are no longer accepting registrations.

If you sign up for an optional critique session,
pages are DUE JANUARY 15, 2018

Download the Retreat Schedule



RMFW is thrilled to announce our sixth annual writers' retreat! Our 2018 location, the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a peaceful, breathtaking setting in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. You're sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you. Come write with us!

Special Guests

Agent Sandra Bond started the Bond Literary Agency in Denver (a native!) many, many moons ago. She and associate agent Becky LeJeune work with both first-time and previously-published authors, and their clients write adult fiction in various genres, young adult fiction, and many categories of nonfiction. They do not represent romance, poetry, children's picture books or screenplays. Sandra is interested in adult commercial and literary fiction,  mystery/thriller/crime fiction, and YA fiction in all categories.  In nonfiction, she is interested in narrative, science for a general audience, business and history, and authors must have great credentials, real expertise in their subject area, and some kind of platform from which they can actively promote their books.

Website: https://bondliteraryagency.com/ 


Heather Webb is the author of historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE and RODIN’S LOVER, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and more, as well as received national starred reviews. RODIN’S LOVER was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. Up and coming, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release October 3, 2017, from HarperCollins, and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE, a retelling of Phantom of the Opera from Christine Daaé’s point of view, releases Feb 8, 2018. Her novels have sold in seven countries to date. Heather is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend.

Website:  www.HeatherWebb.net
Twitter:  @msheatherwebb
Facebook: @heatherwebbauthor


Corinne O’Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery books. She's the author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning GHOSTS OF WITCHES PAST, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series, which she co-writes with Lisa Manifold, and the HALF MOON GIRLS murder-mystery series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books, whose titles include the award-winning TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time and their latest release, the award-winning OFF BEAT: Nine Spins on Song.

Website: www.corinneoflynn.com
Twitter: @corinneoflynn
Facebook: @oflynnbooks



Download the Retreat At-A-Glance Schedule (updated 10/23/2017)

Thursday, March 15

1:00 PM - Check-In | Francis Place

6:00 PM - Dinner | Guest Dining Room

7:00 PM - Meet and Greet | Bonzal Room

Friday, March 16

8:00 AM - Breakfast | Guest Dining Room

9:00 AM - Write a Book Opening Like a Pro | Heather Webb | Mt Cedar

In this workshop, learn what makes an opening grabby—or trite—and how to win the agent or editor’s eye for which you're vying (Not to mention readers!). We’ll look at first lines, clichés, prologues, and techniques for making opening pages both appealing and original, by examining samples of the greats. 

12:00 Noon - Lunch | Guest Dining Room

1:00 PM - Publishing 101 | Sandra Bond | Mt Cedar | The publishing industry is complex, and this workshop will give you a solid foundation of information as you begin your journey to becoming a published author. The session will cover: how the industry works; how fiction is sold; how nonfiction is sold; what agents do, if you need one, and how to find one; what editors/publishers do; how long it will take for your book to sell to a publisher; how long before it comes out as a published book once it's sold; what an advance is; when you receive royalty payments; does self-publishing help you to attract an agent and/or a traditional publisher; what you can do to help sell your book. PUBLISHING 101 truly is for those who know very little about the publishing industry—those writers just beginning to pursue their dream.

6:00 PM - Dinner | Guest Dining Room

7:00 PM - Publishing AMA (ask me anything) | Sandra Bond | Bonzel Room

Saturday, March 17

8:00 AM - Breakfast | Guest Dining Room

9:00 AM -Writing Time or Round Table Critiques with Sandra Bond, Heather Webb, and Corinne O'Flynn | Mt Cedar

12:00 Noon - Lunch | Guest Dining Room

1:00 PM - Writing Time

6:00 PM - Dinner | Guest Dining Room

7:00 PM - Author Readings | Bonzal Room

Sunday, March 18

8:00 AM - Breakfast | Guest Dining Room

9:00 AM - Bringing Characters to Life | Heather Webb | Mt Cedar - In this session, we will begin by examining memorable characters written by expert writers and what makes them work--or not work. We will also explore tools to guide us as we create our own. Finally, we will delve deeply into the minds and hearts of our own protagonists through guided prompts in a hands-on activity. 

Check Out by 1:00

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 2018 retreat are:

  • $399  |  Single attendee rate. Three nights with a room to yourself, plus meals.
  • $299  |  "Bring a Buddy" rate. Three nights sharing a room with two twin beds, plus meals.  
  • $65 |  "Days Only" rate for writers who want to make their own lodging arrangements or drive home at night. This covers one day of the retreat plus all meals for that day. You may select one or more days.

What's included in the cost of registration?

  • Three nights' lodging in one of the Franciscan Retreat Center's comfortable rooms. Additional nights are available if you would like to extend your stay. Contact the FRC to check availability.
  • All meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast).
  • Access to FRC's vast grounds and all their guest amenities, including massage therapy, native trails, a labyrinth, and peace park.
  • Minutes-away access to Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Cripple Creek, Glen Eyrie Castle, The Olympic Complex, and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
  • After-dinner author readings and informational chats.
  • The opportunity to meet and spend time with other writers.
  • The opportunity to relax and draw inspiration from the gorgeous mountain views and relaxed setting.
  • The opportunity to spend time focusing solely on being a writer.

Writing Time

We ask kindly that all attendees be courteous and refrain from talking in the common room during quiet writing time.

What To Bring

  • Casual 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.
  • Toiletries. FRC is a convent, not a hotel. They do provide towels, bar soap, and a hair dryer.
  • Walking shoes or hiking boots. Whatever the weather, you’ll want to be prepared to take breaks from your writing to walk around the retreat center or join others for an impromptu hike on the nearby trails.
  • 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.
  • Snacks.
  • Water bottle and coffee cup (FRC has cups but they are small).
  • Wine if you are inclined.

How many people can come?

We will max out at 30 registrants, or we will close registration when all the bedrooms have been booked, whichever happens first. It all depends on how many registrants want to stay in their own room or share a room with one other person. We will be staying in Francis Place and Marion Hall, which have two floors. Bathrooms may be shared. Please note that the retreat center sits among an active convent. The rooms are simple yet comfortable. There is no television, but WiFi is available free of charge. There are no elevators on site. If you have difficulty with stairs and need a 1st-floor room, notify the retreat chair at retreat@rmfw.org.

The retreat center has a guest dining room with a wide choice of meals to choose from, including gluten-free and (lacto ovo) vegetarian meals. Meals are included in your registration fee. Please make sure you note during registration if you require gluten-free or vegetarian meals.

Can I come to the retreat during the day, but make my own lodging arrangements separate from the retreat location?

Yes! The cost for the "days-only" option is a flat fee of $65 per day and includes all meals.

Please email your questions to the Retreat Chair at retreat@rmfw.org. We look forward to hosting you in Colorado Springs in 2018!

Do I have to attend all of the scheduled events?

No. You can write! Or hike! Or sleep! It's totally up to you.

Refund Policy:

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will refund your registration fees, less a $50.00 processing fee provided you notify the retreat chair to cancel your registration on or before 31 or more days before the retreat date. Please contact retreat@rmfw.org to cancel. RMFW is unable to refund any registration fees 30 days or fewer before the retreat date.

Notice of photography: 

When you attend the RMFW Writers' Retreat, you enter an area where photography will occur. By entering the Retreat premises, you consent to such photography and to its release, publication, exhibition, reproduction, distribution, and use for news, sale, educational, promotional, advertising, and sale purposes and to its inclusion on and distribution through websites and in hard copy formats (collectively, “Uses”). By entering the Colorado Gold Writers' Retreat, you also consent to use of your image, to the extent they appear in photographs. You waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection with All Uses of photographs, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such uses. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the retreat organizers.
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