Retreat From Harsh Reality

It is with great disappointment that the MMRWA Board has  canceled the in-person 2021 Retreat from Harsh Reality due to the continued health concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority and we don’t want anyone put in a position that they would feel at risk.

Please stay tuned for more information on a virtual retreat on Saturday, April 24th. 


2021 Dates- April 23rd-25th

More information will be posted soon.

Bay Pointe Inn - Shelbyville, MI
Bay Point Inn


2019 Retreat Attendees with Speaker Louise Knott Ahern


History: The retreat originated after chapter member Leila Davis commented to the first chapter advisor (now called president) Margo Hoornstra, "We should have a pajama party because there is never enough time to talk at a meeting." The idea expanded to a weekend retreat and the first Retreat From Harsh Reality was held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May 1985 with 17 people in attendance.


"One of my top five best experiences!"   Rita Clay Estrada, 2015 Speaker

"Writing is a lonely business, attending retreats like this one is the answer.  Inspiration and motivation can be contagious.  There was so much creativity and verve in the group, even as the teacher, I walked away inspired."   Christie Craig, 2016 Speaker

"MMRWA's Retreat From Harsh Reality is rejuvenating and uplifting. It's also inspiring! I leave Retreat creatively refreshed and ready to write. Most of all, I've just spent two days with ladies who are welcoming and friendly. It's a combination that can't be beaten!"
Alyssa Alexander, MMRWA member, and RITA finalist

"The MMRWA's Retreat from Harsh Reality is one of those writer's getaways that I will cherish being a part of forever. It is just laid-back, pressure-less fun that gets the juices flowing and the mind raring to go. I absolutely loved it!"   Darynda Jones, 2014 Speaker