Why Writing Away Refuge?

This is not your average writers conference. Hosted in a deluxe mountain home on 6 landscaped private acres overlooking Heber Valley in the "Alps of Utah," Writing Away is a writers' paradise. No boring hotel rooms, cardboard food, or mundane activities. Writing Away Refuge is the retreat experience with workshops, first chapter consults, and editor and agent pitches all included, but in a relaxing retreat setting. Three fresh, delicious meals prepared daily and all inclusive. Beautiful shared bedrooms and bathrooms, NEW hot tub, fireplaces, and a media and game room.

Writing Away Refuge is a chance to get away with your muse in a luxurious setting. You want workshops? You got it!

You want a quiet, beautiful location to finish your novel? It's all here!

We promise maximum feedback with minimal interruption.

Lodging space is limited to 31 writers, so register now! (Individuals and couples pricing available)

See our Plans and Pricing page for more details.


Our Mission

To give writers the boost they need in mind, body, career, and spirit through good advice, good food, valuable feedback, and solid industry connections.

Retreat Details:

Dates: October 21-25th, 2022

(4 nights, departing on 25th)

Location: Heber City, Utah

Costs: $1300 person (Shared room up to 4 people)

$1400 (Queen bed, single room/ask about couples pricing)

$1200 person (Bunk Room, sleeps 6)

Total cost includes: Lodging for 4 nights and 5 days, three daily meals and snacks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), first chapter manuscript consults & contest, master workshops on characterization, plotting and storyboarding, 5 minute private pitch sessions with NYC editors and agents, afternoon Q & A sessions with editors and agents and retreat staff, intimate atmosphere for writing and networking, Writing Away gift bag with goodies.

(31 Spots available/ First come, first served)


Conference cost with no lodging

(9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily, Oct 22nd, 23rd, & 24th Only):

$600 per person

Daily attendance includes: first chapter manuscript consults & contest, all master workshops, 5 minute editor and agent private pitches, editor, agent and staff Q&A sessions, (lunch and snacks provided daily), intimate atmosphere for writing and networking,

Writing Away gift bag with goodies.

(25 spots available for non-lodging / First come, first served)

Non-lodging attendees may also attend for one or two days only. See plans and pricing page for more details. Daily attendance is $200 per day.



Top Ten gets guaranteed reads from all retreat agents & editors

Winner gets FREE lodging & Retreat fee to 2023 Retreat!

Need a first chapter consult, but can't make it to Utah? For $49.95, a member of the Writing Away Refuge staff will critique your first chapter and give you valuable feedback on your hook sentence, structure, and content. The opening of your book is the first thing an editor and agent sees, and it needs to be phenomenal. Get input from some of the best in the industry.

And, as an added bonus, all first chapters submitted (including retreat attendees' submissions) will be judged. The Top Ten winners will receive guaranteed reads from all retreat agents and editors. And, the winning first chapter will receive FREE retreat lodging, retreat fee, meals, and pitching fees to the 2023 retreat! This is a $1300 value!


See plans and pricing page to inquire & submit your first chapter!


First chapters must be emailed to: leeannward@writingawayrefuge.com no later than August 25th, 2022)

Can't join us in Utah in October? You can still receive all of the recorded workshops HERE.


Deluxe accommodations
and amenities:

Luxurious mountain home with 11 shared bedrooms

(9 queen, 24 twin, 1 king), five bathrooms, and 8400 square feet. Private location with outdoor pool (in season only), NEW hot tub, 4 fireplaces, media room with terrace seating, DVD, wifi, satellite TV, and CD. Game room with billiards, ping-pong, foosball, and indoor basketball.

Gorgeous patio and sprawling landscapes.