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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 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 25 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 20-24th, 2023

(4 nights)

Location: Heber City, Utah

Costs: $900 person (Shared room up to 4 people)

$1100 (Single room-Queen Bed/ask about couples pricing)

$700 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 from industry professionals, 10-minute private pitch sessions with NYC agents, afternoon Q & A sessions with agents and retreat staff, intimate atmosphere for writing and networking, Writing Away gift bag with goodies.

(25 Lodging Spots available/ First come, first served)


Conference cost with no lodging

(9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily for 3 days--

Lunch and snacks provided):

$450 per person

Daily attendance includes: first chapter manuscript consults & contest, all master workshops, 10-minute agent private pitches, (lunch and snacks provided daily), intimate atmosphere for writing and networking,

Writing Away gift bag with goodies.

(15 spots available for non-lodging attendees/ 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 $150 per day.


It pays to be an early bird!


Top Ten will be announced and recognized. 

2nd place winner receives $250 cash prize.

Winner receives $500 cash prize.

Need a first chapter consult, but can't make it to Utah? For $29.95, 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 and the Top 10 will be recognized. The second place winner will receive $250, and the winner will receive $500.


See First Chapter Contest page to inquire & submit your first chapter for the 2023 contest!


For the 2023 contest, all first chapters must be emailed to: no later than July 2023.

Couldn't join us in Utah in 2022? You can still receive all of the recorded workshops HERE by purchasing a 2-year

membership to Writing Away Refuge, along with many other discounts and perks.


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.

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