Retreat From Harsh Reality

2019 Retreat From Harsh Reality

At Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan

April 26th -28th

Bay Point Inn


Louise Knott Ahern

Louise Knott Ahern is an author and writing coach with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, fiction writing, and editing. Writing as Lyssa Kay Adams, she's the author of contemporary sports romances, including  WILD IN RIO, a 2017 RITA finalist for Best Romance Novella. She's also the founder and president of Capital City Writers, an association for writers of all genres in Lansing and host of the Write on the Red Cedar conference. Louise is represented by agent Tara Gelsomino of One Track Literary Agency.

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2018 Retreat From Harsh Reality Attendees

Our 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 born. 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

For more information about the Retreat from Harsh Reality contact the Retreat Chair, Tracy Keely.