Retreat From Harsh Reality

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28, 2019

Bay Pointe Inn - Shelbyville, MI

Hotel Room Reservations: (888) 486 - 5253Bay Point Inn

Registration Now Open

For MMRWA Members: February 1, 2019


For Non-Members: February 22, 2019

**Registration Closes**

March 31, 2019

Click this link for information, pricing, and printable pdf formRETREAT Registration 2019

Please fill out the registration form and mail with a check payable MMRWA. (This is our preferred method!) If you have questions, please email

Mail to:

Tracy Keely
130 Dogwood Dr. NE
Rockford, MI  49341

or pay online here.

MMRWA’s Retreat from Harsh Reality is open to writers of every genre and publishing status. Our members range from having published over seventy books to others who are just starting their writing careers. This three-day retreat includes two inspiring and informative presentations from our guest speaker, time to network and work with other writers in plotting or critique groups, and time dedicated just for writing.

     Louise Knott Ahern


This year's guest speaker is Lansing’s own Louise Knott Ahern. Louise is the winner of the 2017 RITA novella award for her contemporary sports romance Wild in Rio. Louise has worked as a journalist and editor for over twenty years. She was instrumental in founding the Capital City Writers Group and acted as one of the hosts and presenters at the Write on the Red Cedar Writers Conference in Lansing. Louise is represented by agent Tara Gelsomino of One Track Literary Agency and has recently announced her multi-book series called The Bromance Book Club due in December 2019 with Berkley (Random House). Check out Louise’s webpage, the tentative schedule, and registration form links on this page for more information.

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2018 Retreat From Harsh Reality Attendees

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.