Northwest Retreat

The Northwest Retreat is sponsored by the Northwest Region of the American Night Writers Association. It is held annually to allow LDS women writers an opportunity to write, hone their craft, and experience a beautiful setting.

Every LDS woman is invited to attend to spark creativity, learn about writing, and forge friendships.

General Information

Rosario Beach Marine laboratory will be providing our accommodations this year. A detailed schedule with class listings, times and presenters will be coming soon. Learn more at: .


Write-in October 16, 2019 from 3 PM to October 17, 2019 4 PM
Retreat October 17, 2019 from 4 PM to October 19, 2019 Noon


Write-in  $35
Full Retreat $95
One day retreat (either night) $50
Private room  full retreat extra $50
Private room one day extra $25

A deposit of $30 saves a spot. The balance must be paid by October 1, 2019 or a $15 late fee will be charged.
$15 Late fee charged for registrations after October 1, 2019.

2019 Keynote Speaker - Melanie Jacobson

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She lives in Southern California with her husband and children and a series of doomed houseplants and holds a masters degree in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Melanie has several romantic comedies published by Covenant and her work in the national market is represented by Alyssa Henkin of Trident Media Group.


Our 2019 retreat will be held at the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory located at beautiful Rosario Beach. We will enjoy a large common area as well as cabins.

What to Bring

  • You will sign up ahead of time for a twin bed (top or bottom bunk) or one half of a double bed. Paying for a private room will give you a whole double bed or a dorm room with a set of bunks. You will need to bring bedding such as a pillow and a sleeping bag or sheets, etc. Some of the beds are getting older, so a foam pad is a nice addition if you have one.
  • A hymnal if you have one
  • A laptop, iPad, or whatever device you usually use for your writing. If you have a short extension cord, you might find that handy. We will have Internet access.
  • Snacks if you’d like.
  • Towel, soap, and personal toiletries, medications etc. A hand towel for the bathroom and a kitchen towel might come in handy.
  • Layers of clothing (Our highs are in the low 50’s, and we’ll be on the ocean.)
  • Money/checks for buying books if you desire
  • Your creativity :)

If you forget something, see Terry. We’ll have extra soap, sheets, towels, etc.

Critique Group

If you sign up for a critique group during the breakout sessions, you will receive detailed instructions via email.

Generally, you need to bring up to five double-spaced pages of your current WIP. You will need enough copies for all the members in your group as well. If you do not know how many are in your group, contact Terry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she can help you.

Praise for Northwest Retreat

“The Northwest Writeres Retreat provides LDS women writers the chance to get away from the everyday and rub shoulders with other writers, learn the craft, and write. Presentations cover everything from simple grammar tips to poetry to plotting a novel to publishing issues. Published authors, aspiring writers, family historians, and journalers share knowledge and encouragement in a supporting and beautiful environment. I wouldn’t miss it.”

-Terry Deighton

“Let me just tell you a couple of things about the Writers Retreat, first of all, I was totally blown away. Last year I wanted to go, just to watch the big names and published brainiacs in person, you know what I mean? But, it didn’t work out. After reading all of their books in my quiet hours, I really wanted to see the “great ones”. This year, ta da! With great anticipation I packed up my gear, sleeping bag who hah and snackage.

After I got to the cozy lodge and had some mingling time, classes were started. We took off writing and read aloud (volunteer of course) what we had come up with after just a few minutes. That’s where my brain ex-ploded. I watched real live women, that you might see in Relief Society, come up with the most brilliantly worded stories, poetry and humor, in seconds. Their minds were able to paint and create lovely scenes. I just kept staring at them, thinking they might keep the extra storage space for their computer nog-gins somewhere but nope, they are geniuses and they let me come and hang out with them. Can You believe that?”

-Michelin York

“I went for the first time last year and it made all the difference in getting me out of my rut and writing again. Not only were the people kind and welcoming, but many of them are first-class writers! I particularly enjoyed Marsha Ward’s presentation on organizing yourself as a writer. Putting her principles into practice once I got home, I found that, for the first time, I began to feel like a professional writer. Whether you’re looking for camaraderie with other writers, practical tips and exercises to improve your skill, or simply a chance to get away from it all and restore your creative juices, this annual retreat is a must for any LDS woman who wants to write well.”

-Tanya Mills


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