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Washington Romance Writers

2024 In The Company of Writers Retreat and Conference

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington

Friday, April 12, 2024 from 5:00 pm to Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm

 The premier writing conference and retreat experience in the Washington D.C. area.


Reserve your spot now for a weekend of workshops, networking, and opportunities to connect with other writers at the Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington located at: 4271 Campbell Avenue,  Arlington VA 22206.

What to Expect:

Welcome/ Networking Happy Hour...Workshops...Writing Activities...Luncheon with Speakers and Attendees...and MUCH MORE!

Workshops include:
"Writing to Market in Romance" with bestselling Indie Author Ines Johnson
"Pitch with Power: Query with Confidence" with best-selling Author Kelli Z. Reily
"Making Your Social Posts Go Viral" and "Producing an Audibook – It's Cheaper Than You Think!" with multi-award-winning contemporary/new adult romance Author Tara September



         WRW Members: $250 Early Bird Rate (if registered by March 24, 2024)

$275 (after March 24, 2024)

           Non-Members: $275 Early Bird Rate (if registered by March 24, 2024)

  $300 (after March 24, 2024)


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.   Space is limited so reserve your spot now.
*Note:  We are unable to offer one (1) day tickets. Per our agreement with the hotel, we have guest minimums to meet for the provided meals and event space. So take advantage of this one-time special rate and join us for the entire event!
To reserve your spot at the retreat, make your reservation and payment on Eventbrite by clicking on the following link or scanning the QR-Code:

Lodging Reservations are available NOW!
For those interested in staying overnight, a block of rooms has been reserved. You would incur the cost of the room that corresponds with your selection below:
                                       Rates: $198.00/night + taxes and fees for a Double Queen Room
                                       $174.00/night + taxes and fees for a Single King Room
There are several ways to reserve rooms:

By Telephone:  Please call 1-877-STAYHGI and mention the group name Washington Romance Writers or group code WRW when making your reservation.

Online:  Please visit www.arlingtonshirlington.hgi.com.  Enter the dates of your stay, next to the dates select “Special Rates”.  In the “Group Code” field, type your group code WRW then “Check Rooms and Rates.”

The cutoff date to make reservations for the retreat is March 12, 2024.  Please book prior to this date.  After the cutoff date, reservations will be made at the prevailing daily rate based upon hotel availability.


 Daytime parking (3rd level of the Hotel parking garage): FREE

Overnight Parking for Individual Car:  $22


Shuttle Service

The Hilton Garden Inn is located 10-15 minutes from Reagan National Airport, and its shuttle service is available by request. The shuttle service operates daily between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm and picks up from Regan National Airport (DCA) and the Pentagon City Metro Station. You may request the shuttle by calling 703-820-2876 AFTER you have retrieved your luggage.

*Times, weekend activities and workshop agenda to be updated and posted on this website, so please check back periodically.

Our 2024 Program For Attendees:


Fri. April 12, 2024

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Networking Happy Hour


Sat. April 13, 2024

7:30 am - 9:00 am
Coffee/Tea Continental Breakfast


9:00 am - 10:30 am
Ines Johnson: Writing to Market


11:00 am - 12:30pm
Kelle Riely: Pitch with Power/Query with Confidence


12:30pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Buffet


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tara September: Making Your Social Posts Go Viral


3:30 pm - 3:35 pm


3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Writing Brainstorming Activity/Games with Prizes


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dine with New Writing Friends – Sign-up for dinner at one of Shirlington's restaurants


8:30 PM - ?
Socialize with Attendees and Speakers in the Outdoor Seating/Dining area or other activities


Sun, April 14 , 2024

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Continental Breakfast Coffee/Tea Service


10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tara September: Producing an Audiobook – It's Cheaper than You Think!


11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Closing remarks