Writers Retreat

 The 2019 RMFW Writers Retreat

March 7-10, 2019
Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado




The 2019 RMFW Retreat is SOLD OUT!

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RMFW is thrilled to announce our seventh annual writers’ retreat! Our 2019 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


Dom Testa makes his living with words, as an author, speaker, and broadcaster. For twenty-five years he has captained the morning radio show on Denver’s Mix100, a four-time winner for Best Morning Radio Show, presented by the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

He also writes, both fiction and non-fiction. Among his fourteen published books you’ll find the Galahad series of young adult books (Tor/Macmillan), which won the International Grand Prize from Writer’s Digest, and claimed a Top Shelf selection from The American Library Association.

His Mindbender Books have reached #1 on The Denver Post’s bestseller list.

Now, after years of writing and publishing, Dom will soon be launching Big Fat Words, an online community designed to help YOU finally take your writing from hobby to publication. To get an alert as soon as Big Fat Words throws the switch, just sign up here.

And his latest book, The Color of Your Dreams, was written for anyone who has longed to see their name on a book cover. It’s not as difficult as you think – if you can get beyond the doubt and insecurity holding you back.

Website: http://domtesta.com

Amy Klene is a certified business and life coach specializing in mindfulness practices. She holds a BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado and is proud to be a Colorado native.  Amy’s coaching company is called ISPEAKHUMAN, LLC and has over 15 years experience coaching and leading in both the private and public sectors. She has helped individuals break through huge barriers in their careers to accomplish amazing projects and life goals in the US and India.
Amy is also an author and  word nerd. She has written 2 books – a children’s book called “Dandy Lion” and a book on meditation called “Love is”. She is currently working on her third book called “Everyday Joy and Tacos” and hopes to launch it in early 2019.
Amy created a special class just for this retreat that will give each of the participants skills and tools to help overcome writer’s block and embrace the power of being a writer. She has developed simple effective tools to help eradicate the blocks we all throw up to sabotage progress. She has a passion to see people create their best life and is thrilled to work with this group of writers.

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

A chronic entrepreneur since opening her first salon at the age of twenty, Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Believing there is a place for the fresh author’s voice, she not only publishes but coaches others who wish to publish their work independently. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events offering smaller intimate author/reader events and educational opportunities for authors looking to independently publish.

Website: www.bernadettemarie.com
Twitter: @writesromance
Facebook: @authorbernadettemarie

Schedule (Coming Soon)

2019 RMFW Retreat Schedule

Thursday March 7, 2019
Time Event Location
1:00 PM Check-in Francis Place
6:00 PM Dinner Guest Dining Room
7:00 PM Meet and Greet Bonzal Room
Friday March 8, 2019
Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Guest Dining Room
9:00 AM Workshop with Amy Klene: Intentions: The Clearer the Better

In this workshop, Amy will discuss the power if setting intentions with your writing process, your current projects, and most importantly setting intentions with yourself as an artist and author. When intentions are clear, our mind is able to focus and create in alignment with those intentions. Amy will introduce a set of simple tools to help identify your true intentions and also identify blocks that limit your creativity and progress towards your goals.

Mt. Cedar Room
12:00 PM Lunch Guest Dining Room
1:00 PM Workshop with Dom Testa: The Color of Your Dreams

No matter if you’re new to publishing or if you have ten books in print, fear and doubt can often be the biggest hurdles to overcome.

Dom Testa not only understands, he’s written extensively on the subject for authors and speakers. His presentation, The Color of Your Dreams, will inspire you to put aside your doubts, climb out of the fetal position, and do what you’re called to do: write and publish.

Mt. Cedar Room
6:00 PM Dinner Guest Dining Room
7:00 PM AMA with Dom Testa

Dom will be available to answer questions about his books, his methods in publishing, and about his radio career.

Bonzal Room
9:00 PM Evening Grounding with Amy Klene

Clear your mind and relax for a good night’s sleep. (Optional, you may bring a yoga mat or blanket for the floor)

Saturday March 9, 2019
Time Event Location
7:30 AM Setting Your Intentions for the Day: Amy Klene

Take a few moments to set your intentions for the day to maximize your time.

Bonzal Room
8:00 AM Breakfast Guest Dining Room
9:00 AM Writing Time
12:00 PM Lunch Guest Dining Room
1:00 PM Peer Critique Round Table

Amy Klene, Corinne O’Flynn, Bernadette Marie

Mt. Cedar Room
6:00 PM Dinner Guest Dining Room
7:00 PM Peer Gathering

We all come from different walks of life. Some of us are published, some are aspiring. Take this time to ask general questions to your peers for help with your writing journey. This is also a good time to find experts in other fields that might help with your project.

Bonzal Room
9:00 PM Evening Grounding with Amy Klene

Clear your mind and relax for a good night’s sleep. (Optional, you may bring a yoga mat or blanket for the floor)

Sunday March 10, 2019
Time Event Location
7:30 AM Setting Your Intentions for the Day: Amy Klene

Take a few moments to set your intentions for the day to maximize your time.

Bonzal Room
8:00 AM Breakfast Guest Dining Room
9:00 AM Workshop with Amy Klene: Writing with SMARTs

In this workshop, Amy will go over a concept in goal setting that is used with coaches as well as leaders in the business world. The intention of SMART goals is to put your intentions into action so you have a healthy accountability structure around achieving your intended goals. Each goal you set will be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound. The workshop will introduce the importance of accountability partners and how they become the “secret sauce” for your SMART goal success. At the end of the workshop, you will create 1-3 smart goals aligned with the intentions of your current project.

Mt. Cedar Room
1:00 PM Check Out Time


All workshops are optional for guests. Should you wish to use that time for writing, you are encouraged to do so.


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


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. There is a kitchen with a refrigerator and a coffee/tea station.
  • 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. If we are within 30 days of retreat: Unless we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, RMFW is unable to refund any registration fees 30 days or fewer before the retreat date. If we are able to fill a cancellation from the waiting list, a refund (less the $50 processing fee) will be granted. Please contact retreat@rmfw.org to cancel.

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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