Retreat From Harsh Reality

Friday, April 23rd - Saturday, April 24th 

MMRWA’s Retreat from Harsh Reality is going virtual for 2021! Set aside April 23-24 for two days of learning, writing, and fun with other writers. There will also be door prizes throughout the two days. We’re delighted to have Laurie Schnebly Campbell as our guest speaker, who will lead us through two inspiring, informative workshops on characters and plot. Keep an eye out for registration to open on March 10 ( at 8:00 a.m.

The cost is $30 for MMRWA members and $40 for non-members.

Register online here!

Click here for the schedule.

Guest Speaker Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Workshop: Choosing That Fatal Flaw

Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with enneagrams. Counselors and HR managers use this tool to identify the nine personality types: Reformer, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Guardian, Adventurer, Leader, and Peacemaker. Each one has its own uniquely heroic and distinctive traits (as well as a troublesome weakness) that naturally bring them into conflict with other people…AND with themselves.

Workshop: His Personality Ladder

Every hero needs to move through five steps, comparable to climbing a ladder with a few detours here and there, along his journey from Mr. NOT YET Right to Mr. VERY Right.  Of course, the heroine has her own ladder to climb in parallel stages...until the end, when they reach the ultimate triumph together. There's even a ladder for the villain, although in most books he never makes it to the top!

Laurie Schnebly Campbell has a special area on her bookshelf full of novels with acknowledgments from authors who've loved her classes. Before that, she grew up with a marriage-counselor mother, preparing her to write conflicted couples AND happy endings for her own Harlequin Special Editions -- including one that beat out Nora Roberts for Romantic Times' "Best of the Year." Along with writing for a Phoenix ad agency she also enjoys recording for the blind, playing with her one-year-old grandson, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa's mom), and teaching fiction writing every month except December. "People ask how I find time to do all that," Laurie says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!"

Visit Laurie's website.

Questions for the Co-Chairs? Contact Us.


A chapter fundraiser!

If you're the highest bidder at the end of the silent auction, the donating person will arrange to get the item to you, and you'll pay the MMRWA via Pay Pal.

Be sure to read the descriptions carefully.


Celebrate your Writing Accomplishments with Us!

(At 4:30 p.m. Auction Winning Bids Announced, Recognition Ceremony, and Wrap-up)

We would like to invite all attendees to participate in our celebration of accomplishments.  There will be a slideshow presentation that will feature everyone's writing accomplishments for the year.

Please send your biggest accomplishment related to your writing from this year, along with a few pictures of yourself. These can be pictures of you at your computer, or maybe at a book signing -- any picture showing you doing what you love. You can also send a headshot. When it comes to accomplishments, it can be anything from how many words you wrote, your editing accomplishments, and of course your publishing accomplishments.

This has been a tough year for everyone. Despite this, we want to celebrate what we have managed to write and publish in the midst of this trying year. Please send pictures and accomplishments to