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Washington Romance Writers

2023 In The Company of Writers Retreat and Conference

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington

June 2, 2023 from 5:00 pm - Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm

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


Back after a pandemic hiatus, 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... Book Signing... and MUCH MORE!

Workshops include:
"How to Write Sweet, Hallmark Style Romance" with USA Today Best-Selling Author Teri Wilson
"The Business of Publishing" with RITA Finalist and Golden Heart Award Winning Author Linda Rees
"Better Faster Academy Workshop" with Writing Coach Becca Syme
 ... and more to come!


         WRW Members: $75 Early Bird Rate (if register by April 24, 2023

$100 (after April 24, 2023)

           Non-Members: $100 Early Bird Rate (if register by April 24, 2023)

  $125 (after April 24, 2023)


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.   Space is limited so reserve your spot now by clicking: WRW RETREAT 2023
Registration CUT-OFF is Friday, May 26, 2023
*Note:  Unlike our past virtual retreat, 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!

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: $185.00/night + taxes and fees for a Double Queen Room
                                       $155.00/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”.

Booking Link:  When using the following booking link, enter your dates then select “Update”.

Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=DCAASGI&groupCode=WRW&arrivaldate=2023-06-02&departuredate=2023-06-04&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

The cutoff date to make reservations for the retreat is May 2nd, 2023.  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:  $18


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.


Friday, June 2, 2023


5:00 - 7:00 pm



6:00 - 8:00 pm

Networking Happy Hour (Refreshments provided)


Saturday, June 3, 2023


7:30 - 9:00 am



8:00 - 9:00 am

BREAKFAST (Continental)


9:00 - 10:30 am


Beyond Pumpkin Patches and Christmas Cookies: How to Write a Heartwarming, Hallmark-Sweet Romance

Speaker:  Teri Wilson


10:30 - 11:00 am



11:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Business of Publishing

Speaker: Lynda Rees


12:30 - 2:00 pm

LUNCH (Buffet)


2:00 - 3:30 pm

Workshop: Focus on Story Issues

Speaker: Jen Graybeal


3:30 - 3:45 pm



3:45 - 4:45 pm

Chapter Activity


4:45 - 6:30 pm

Book Signing with our Speakers


6:30 - 8:00 pm

DINNER (Buffet)


Sunday, June 4, 2023


8:00 to 9:30 am

BREAKFAST (Continental)


9:30 - 11:45 am

Workshop: Better Faster Academy: Strengths for a Writer's Day

Speaker: Becca Syme


11:45 am to 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks