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19 Confirmed Authors


Row 1: Michelle Sass Aleckson, Misty M. Beller, Mary Connealy, Angie Dicken, Amanda Dykes, Laura Frantz, Michelle Griep, Ronie Kendig, Julie Klassen, Gabrielle Meyer

Row 2: Christina Suzann Nelson, Tracie Peterson, Janine Rosche, Cynthia Ruchti, Mollie Rushmeyer, Carmen Schober, Janyre Tromp, Erica Vetsch, Kimberley Woodhouse


16 Confirmed Authors for MRRR 2023

We are excited to announce we have 16 confirmed authors for the 2023 Mississippi River Readers Retreat!

Michelle Sass Aleckson

Amanda Dykes

Laura Frantz

Michelle Griep

Ronie Kendig

Julie Klassen

Gabrielle Meyer

Christina Suzann Nelson

Tracie Peterson

Dani Pettrey

Janine Rosche

Cynthia Ruchti

Mollie Rushmeyer

Janyre Tromp

Erica Vetsch

Kimberley Woodhouse

8 Authors confirmed for 2023 MRRR

We are SO excited to announce our first 8 confirmed authors for our 2023 Mississippi River Readers Retreat!

Drumroll please!!!!

Author Michelle Sass Aleckson

Laura Frantz, Author

Michelle Griep

Author Julie Klassen

Gabrielle Meyer, Author

Cynthia Ruchti

Author Mollie Joy Rushmeyer

Erica Vetsch Author

Tomorrow, which is one year out from the retreat, the Eventbrite will go live AND we are offering a special discount for this weekend only! Check back tomorrow for more info!!!

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.