Writing Retreat 2021: Albuquerque

September 22-25, 2021
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Welcome to the next WFWA writing retreat in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Join fellow women’s fiction writers for three edifying and entertaining days of workshops, writing, and networking in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 22-25, 2021.


Workshop Presenter
Registration Fee


We’re excited to welcome Donald Maass, founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and author of several popular writing craft books, including Writing the Breakout NovelWriting 21stCentury Fiction, and The Emotional Craft of Fiction, as our workshop presenter in 2021.

Over the three days of the retreat, attendees will split their time between workshop sessions with Don, writing, connecting with other women’s fiction authors, and recharging their creative wells.

During the workshop sessions, Don will be taking us deep into developing effective character arcs, building a vivid story world, and writing the “inner” novel, including creating emotional moments, building emotional progression within scenes, immersive POVs, subtext, and more. If you’ve never sat under Don’s teaching in person, don’t miss your chance! Come ready to work on your WIP or to get inspired and equipped to start your next manuscript.

As in years past, the Albuquerque retreat will be the location of the Awards Dinner where we announce the winners of this year’s Star and Rising Star Awards. 

Detailed schedule to come.

Registration Fee

Registration fee: $415 (includes breakfast, dinner, and afternoon snacks Thursday-Saturday).

Your retreat registration fee pays for the event itself. It does not include hotel, airfare, transportation to the hotel, or other expenses not expressly stated above.

PLEASE NOTE: We anticipate opening registration on March 31. We are working closely with the hotel and monitoring the CDC guidelines and will be updating the registration timing and details as we know more.


The retreat is being held at the laid-back Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, within walking distance of Albuquerque’s historical Old Town shops, galleries, and restaurants. 

Hotel rooms are $149.00 plus $20.00 amenity fee and taxes per night (single/double occupancy).

Reservations will be made directly through the hotel. After you have registered for the retreat, you will be sent a link to our block of rooms that get the group rate. 

Cancellation Policy

Please read carefully, as cancellation terms have changed. We will no longer be able to issue full refunds.*

Until May 30: 75% refund less $50 cancellation fee

June 1 – July 15: 50% refund less $50 cancellation fee

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after July 15. 

 *We understand the COVID-related uncertainty, and the wellbeing of our members and presenters is of utmost importance. In the event that we have to cancel the retreat, we will issue full refunds for those who are registered at time of cancellation.

Please note: Donald Maass is appearing at this retreat in his capacity as a teacher, not as a literary agent. This is a time of learning our craft, not selling it. Please do not pitch book ideas.