Chapter: WRW 2019 Washington Romance Writers Retreat

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Dates: April 12-14, 2019

Location:  Best Western Westminster Hotel & Conference Center
451 WMC Drive
Westminster, MD  21158


After March 10th, the pricing below is reflected with a $100 late registration cost.

WRW Members: Registration opens January 27, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST.
WRW Double Occupancy: $410*
WRW Single Occupancy: $575**

RWA Members: Registration opens February 10, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST.
RWA Double Occupancy: $460*

Public: Registration opens February 17, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST.
Public Double Occupancy: $525*

Late Registration opens March 10, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST.
WRW Double Occupancy: $510
RWA Double Occupancy: $560
Public Double Occupancy: $625

Single Occupancy: $675

Room rates include hotel accommodation, all meals and snacks, and all retreat programming.

*If you do not have a roommate but wish to be in a double room, please register for your space now and we will match you with a roommate after registration closes.

**Please be aware that single rooms typically sell out within the first 24 hours of registration. If single rooms have sold out and you’d like to be added to the wait list (with no guarantee of availability), please email



Keynote Speakers

Alexis Daria
Alisha Rai


Jennie Conway (St. Martin's Press)
Alycia Tornetta (Entangled)


Marlo Berliner (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)
Linda Camacho (Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency)
Emily Sylvan Kim (Prospect Agency)
Kiki Nguyen (Donald Maass Agency)

Guest Authors

Cheryl Etchison
Alma Katsu

WRW Guest Speakers

J.T. Bock
Heidi Hormel
Geri Krotow
Kathleen Gilles Seidel 

Inspirational Closing Speaker

Angelina Lopez


Craft, Industry, and Business Workshops on topics including…

Pacing (Cheryl Etchison)
Researching Like a Pro (Alma Katsu)
Building a Series Framework (Cheryl Etchison)
Creating and Sustaining Conflict (Alma Katsu)
Weddings, Scapegoats, and Villains (Kathleen Gilles Seidel)
Working with a Graphic Designer (J.T. Bock)
Surviving Career Highs and Lows (Heidi Hormel and Geri Krotow)
Building a Strong Author Platform (Alexis Daria)
Workshop Title "TBA" (Alisha Rai)

But wait, there's more!

Keynote Dinner Speeches
Editor/Agent and Guest Author "Ask Me Anything" panels
"American Author" First-Pages Panel
Marlene Awards Presentation
MFA-Style Critique Groups
Open-Mic-Style Member Workshop Test-Drive Session
Quiet Group Writing Sessions 
Moonlight Madness Vendor Market
Charity Raffle for Fabulous Gift Baskets, Editor/Agent Critiques and many other prizes!

General Schedule

FRIDAY - April 12, 2019
3:00-5:00 p.m. Hotel & Retreat Registration
4:30 p.m. Newcomer Orientation
5:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner & Keynote Speaker-Alexis Daria
8:00 p.m. Moonlight Madness Market and Karaoke
8:15 p.m. Editor & Agent "Ask Us Anything" Q&A Panel
9:30 p.m. Group Critique Session (pre-registration required)
SATURDAY - April 13, 2019
Morning and Afternoon Workshops
Editor/agent pitch sessions all day
12 noon WRW Chapter Awards Luncheon
Guest Author Panel: Off-the-Record Q&A 
WRW Presents American Author (first pages critiqued by agents & editors)
6:15 p.m. Dinner & Keynote Speaker-Alisha Rai
Evening Activities (quiet group writing session, open-mic-style "Test-Drive Your Workshop" session, and more activities to be announced)
SUNDAY - April 14, 2019
7:30 a.m. Quiet Group Writing Session
9:30 a.m. Final Workshop Session
10:45 a.m. "Last Words: Out the Door" Angelina Lopez
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Prize Drawings & Raffle Baskets, then good-byes and hotel check-out

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Click here to view the 2017 retreat information.

4/12/2019 - 4/14/2019
451 WMC Drive Westminster, MD 21158 UNITED STATES

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