What are you doing the weekend of April 19th-21st? Need a place to go to stimulate your creative juices? Want to spend time with a terrific writer? How about a chance to mingle with lots of great writers?


retreat 2013

This year’s RETREAT FROM HARSH REALITY will be held the weekend of April 19-21 at the beautiful Yarrow Golf and Conference Center in Augusta, Michigan (

Award winning author Christie Ridgway (author of over 35 romances) will be the featured speaker. She’s a five-time RITA finalist, who has also won awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for Career Achievement and for Best Contemporary Romance.

In addition to the regular talks by Christie, attendees will be mingling with a slew of multi-published writers. During the weekend, there will be muse sessions, delicious food, a book sale, an autographing session, and a silent auction (along with a regular auction of book baskets, the money from both auctions raised for the Kalamazoo YMCA domestic abuse center).  

You’re guaranteed to leave having laughed until your sides hurt and with more knowledgeable about the business and craft of writing. And for those who are interested, for a small fee there will be critiques of fifty (50) pages of your manuscript by a published writer.

The cost is reasonable, the fun priceless.

Visit the Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter’s website  or go directly to the retreat site


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4 Responses to RETREAT…

  1. Ridgway’s books are steamy but I like them.

  2. Annette Briggs says:

    It’s always a blast to attend Retreat From Harsh Reality. I plan to be there.

    All the best, Annette

  3. Anne Stone says:

    Yea!! Thank you for the plug, Maris!