Writers Retreat

The 2016 RMFW Writers Retreat

March 10-13, 2016
Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado


Registration Now Open

RMFW is thrilled to announce our fourth annual writers retreat! Our 2016 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

cmcCourtney Miller-CallihanGreenburger Associates
Women's Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction / Middle Grade / Young Adult
Courtney began her career in publishing at Random House, where she spent a number of years in subsidiary rights sales and in contracts before joining Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she works closely with authors to help them reach their full creative and commercial potential.
Courtney holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.A. in English from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Southern California and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

Cassiel-Knight-Author-PictureCassiel KnightChampagne Book Group
Romance / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller / Horror / Young Adult / New Adult
Cassiel Knight has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Currently, she edits at Champagne Book Group, an independent small press located in High River, AB Canada. Cassie is also an instructor at Savvy Authors and has previously presented a workshop at Colorado Gold. Passionate about the craft and business of writing, especially within the romance genre, she actively mentors writers and has taught numerous workshops, both in-person and online.


Thursday, March 10
3:00 PM - Check-In, writing time
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Meet and Greet

Friday, March 11

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Revision Strategies - Courtney Miller-Callihan
10:00 AM - Round Table Critiques with Courtney Miller-Callihan, Cassiel Knight, and Susan Brooks / Writing Time
12:00 Noon - Lunch
1:00 PM - Writing Time
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Author Readings

Saturday, March 12

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Surviving Almost There - Cassiel Knight
10:00 AM - Writing Time
12:00 Noon - Lunch
1:00 PM - Blue Pencil Cafe with Courtney Miller-Callihan, Cassiel Knight, and Susan Brooks / Writing Time
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - A Reddit-style AMA (Q&A session) - Courtney Miller-Callihan

Sunday, March 13

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - All About Publishing Contracts - Courtney Miller-Callihan
10:00 AM - Writing Time / Check Out
12:00 Noon - Lunch

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 2016 retreat are:

  • $389  |  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. *contact retreat@rmfw.org if you do not have a buddy and would like to be assigned a buddy. There is no guarantee someone will be available. If no buddy is available you will be charged the single attendee rate. 
  • $60 |  "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 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.
  • All meals.
  • Access to the 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.
  • 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.
  • A library of reference books available for your use while at the retreat.
  • A box of writing prompts to help you get writing if you are stuck.

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

  • 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 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.

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 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 Marion Hall, which has two floors of rooms, most with private baths. 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.

The retreat center has a guest dining room with a wide choice of meals to choose from, including gluten free and vegetarian meals. Meals are included in your registration fee.

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

Yes! The cost for the "days-only" option is a flat fee of $60 per day and includes meals.

Please email your questions to Retreat Chair Susan Brooks at retreat@rmfw.org. We look forward to hosting you in Colorado Springs Park in 2016!