Registration is now open and will close January 1st, 2017 (or earlier, if our max of 42 attendees is reached).



MCRW's 20th Anniversary Rocking Annual Retreat

February 17th - 19th, 2017

Each year, the February meeting is canceled in favor of a weekend long retreat held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.

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Members have the option of staying in single rooms in the Inn at Montgomery Bell State Park, or bunking up with other members and renting a villa for the weekend. This cost conscious trip combines food, socializing, and business into one fabulous weekend spent bonding with other writers.


In past years, authors and industry professionals have attended to share their knowledge with the group. In addition to craft and business related programming, time is set aside for fun, social activities. Past social activities have included a murder mystery party and romance trivia game night. This is one weekend you do not want to miss.





Here is a Letter of Welcome from our Retreat Coordinators, Page Pennington and Beth Pattillo:


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Welcome to the Annual MCRW Retreat.  If you are new to our chapter, the retreat is a great way to meet and get to know your fellow members. 

Programming generally alternates with a paid speaker brought in one year and workshops done by members the following year.


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This is a breakdown of the basic weekend schedule.

5:00-6:00pm FRIDAY-check in for rooms and villas at the front desk of the Inn. Friday’s night’s events include dinner in the Inn restaurant at 6pm followed by a night session in the Main Villa.

Saturday’s all day events will be in the conference room at the Inn. All meals are at the restaurant or on your own. Sunday morning is cleanup then checkout by 10:00am for the villas and 11:00am for the rooms.


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There are two housing options. One is a regular room (@$84.92 nightly) in the Inn that can sleep two. The other is staying in one of the 6 Villas (@$189.34 nightly) that sleep 4 comfortably with two bedrooms and two baths, along with a kitchen/living room. I encourage new members to consider the Villas. Splitting the cost among 4 people makes it an affordable stay, and it’s a great way to get to know other members.

New this year, we are capping the number of attendees at 42. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations. 
Retreat reservations are now open. The block of rooms and villas is released by Jan 1st. Room reservations after that date will be in the Inn only and are the responsibility of the individual. Our room coordinator handles making roommate assignments and reserving the rooms.



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Members may bring snacks to share in either the conference room or the Main Villa.

Coffee and water will be available in the conference room during the sessions. If you prefer other beverages, you will want to bring your own.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the public areas, as this is a state park. We view our villas as private, not public, so we abide by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule. BYOB but please be discreet!

The Forge restaurant does serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

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A flashlight and umbrella have come in handy in the past. Some years we’ve had snow, others rain, and since it is Tennessee prepare for anything. 

The schedules are not carved in stone. Many members come with deadlines and hole up writing, only coming out to grab a bite and chill for a few before heading back.


Please check out the park website here.

And feel free to email the retreat committee with questions at or



Registration is now open and will close on January 1st, 2017 (or earlier, if our max of 42 attendees is reached).