Venue Change

Hi Readers!

We are moving the retreat location to Grace Covenant Church (17117 Riverwood Drive, Little Falls, MN) right on the banks of the Mississippi River!

We increased our capacity with this move so we can take more registrations. We are looking forward to sharing the beauty of the mighty Mississippi with you all as we explore “where faith and fiction flow.”

Please contact us if you have questions.

2021 Authors Announced!

Authors Announced!

The Mississippi River Readers Retreat will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the Great River Arts in Little Falls, MN. MRRR organizers are pleased to announce the following authors attending with more to come!

You can look forward to a day filled with all things books! There will be keynote speakers, books, filled swag bags, books, giveaways, books, food, books, time with your favorite authors, books, and lots of fun! Books will also be for sale.


Michelle Sass Aleckson

Colleen Coble

Jan Drexler

Amy Lynn Green

Jocelyn Green

Michelle Griep

Lindsay Harrel

Julie Klassen

Shannon McNear

Gabrielle Meyer

Cynthia Ruchti

Lauraine Snelling

Erica Vetsch

Karen Witemeyer

Kimberley Woodhouse

Jaime Jo Wright

Postponed… and New Date!

The Mississippi River Readers’ Retreat has been postponed until 2021. This was a very difficult decision as we were so looking forward to this event. It was the highlight of the year for us, a dream come true! Postponing is hard, but rest assured it will only make next year’s event all the sweeter. It will be the best ever! Many of our authors have already re-confirmed their participation and we will keep you updated on that as we go.

We are hoping to do author chats or interviews, a zoom meeting, and some giveaways, Facebook Live, and whatever else we come up with. If you want to participate in any of these things, watch our Facebook page. We are so sad to postpone this, meeting you, and meeting with all the authors. Stay tuned for the new date and future updates!

Joyce and Mandy Heffron

#welovebooks #weloveauthors #MRRR2021

We have a date for our 2021 Retreat!

Join us on Saturday, July 31, 2021!

More details to come. We are in the process of updating our Eventbrite page, website, and social media. Please bear with us as we make this transition. We are super excited to have the date planned for 2021! We look forward to seeing you then.



We love to read! But there is a reason we love to read Christian fiction. When we sat down to plan MRRR, we knew we wanted it to be more than just a readers retreat. We wanted to focus on why we read what we do and why these authors write what they do. I (Mandy) knew I wanted a tagline and I just happen to love alliteration! So when we were brainstorming and “where faith and fiction flow” came about, we knew it was just right! It ties in the connection to why it is so important to combine faith and fiction and we also love the connection to the river (since we are on the banks of the Mississippi River here in Little Falls, MN).

We look forward to sharing more about our theme with you in the coming months. We hope you will recognize where faith and fiction flow in our retreat, our authors, and in their wonderful stories

Meet the authors – Gabrielle Meyer

Gabrielle lives on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing historical and contemporary novels inspired by real people, places, and events. The river is a constant source of inspiration for Gabrielle, and if you look closely, you will find a river in each of her stories.

When Gabrielle is not writing, you might find her homeschooling her children, cheering them on at sporting and theatrical events, or hosting a gathering at her home with family and friends.

Meet the authors – Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over 65 novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.
 A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation. She is also the founder of, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at

Meet the authors – Amy Lynn Green

Amy Lynn Green is a lifelong lover of books, history, and library cards. She worked in publishing for six years before writing her first historical fiction novel, based on the WWII homefront of Minnesota, the state where she lives, works, and survives long winters. She has taught classes on marketing at writer’s conferences and regularly encourages established and aspiring authors in their publication journeys.

If she had lived in the 1940s, you would have found her writing long letters to friends and family, listening to jazz music, daydreaming about creating an original radio drama, and drinking copious amounts of non-rationed tea. (Actually, these things are fairly accurate for her modern life as well.)

Be sure to interact with her on Facebook and Instagram, and look for her novel, Things We Didn’t Say, releasing in November 2020.

Meet the authors – Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is a CBA and ECPA best-selling and award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books which have earned her many accolades including Christian Retailing’s Top Pick and Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy through Trials” with more than a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Hundreds of national radio and television appearances have featured Kimberley, her books, and their family’s story. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music, cooking, and loves the gift of story. You can connect with Kimberley at:





Meet the authors – Julie Klassen

About Julie Klassen:

I love all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, I worked in publishing for sixteen years and now write full time. Three of my books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park won the Minnesota Book Award, and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards. I have also been honored with the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. I enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Current News – 3/16/2020

Spring is coming! But that has been overshadowed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our world has narrowed to this news and it can be overwhelming. It’s hard to focus on the positive. But we are trying to be grateful and trust God in all of this. We are thankful for authors, for good books that take us to a different place, and for things to look forward to. If you need something to look forward to, we are still taking reservations for the Mississippi River Readers’ Retreat in August. We are praying life will have returned to a positive rhythm by then and we can move forward with it. We hope to meet you then and we will share how books helped us survive (and thrive) in the midst of a pandemic. We are praying for God to be glorified in this and for your health and safety. God bless.

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