#AWBU 2013 Registration

It’s time for grown women across the state of Arkansas to register for summer camp!

First, some history: in 2010, a group of fearless ladies at the helm of the Arkansas Women Bloggers community held a pow wow by phone.  From that conversation emerged what is today the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged (#AWBU) conference.  Many of the commitments to the type of experience we wanted to create grew out of that phone call: commitments like creating an event that would be warm and welcoming above all else and that would gather women from every walk of life in unique places that were more about fun and camaraderie than your average run-of-the-mill hotel and conference center.  We knew we wanted to grow and stretch bloggers as they explored or even discovered their voices, and we knew we wanted to cultivate deep connections and create an atmosphere that felt like sneaking off to summer camp with your best girlfriends.

We are proud of the nearly 50 women who joined us in 2011 in the hills of northwest Arkansas and the nearly 75 women who snuck deep into the Ozarks in 2012 because they got it – and AWBU has developed a deep following and allegiance because bloggers across Arkansas share our commitments.  It takes us a little time each year to seek out the perfect place for our very special getaway.So, we hope you will join us in our enthusiasm to announce that we will gather at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock for the third annual #AWBU conference in 2013.  Another of our commitments is for this conference to be bursting at the seams with surprises while still keeping it affordable: we aim for about the cost of a two night weekend stay at a hotel, but with all your meals, lodging, activities and goodies rolled into that price.

Ferncliff is located on 1,200 acres about ten miles west of Little Rock, and they are deeply committed to hospitality, sustainability and outreach.  We think it is a perfect fit for dozens of Arkansas Women Bloggers!  Full conference details, sponsorship information and registration will be available at www.ArkansasWomenBloggers.com.

Who:Bloggers (and would-be bloggers and writers!) from Arkansas and neighboring states. We simply ask that all attendees be registered (free) members of Arkansas Women Bloggers.

What:An annual getaway retreat and conference intended to gather, grow and connect bloggers.  We focus more on connections, ideas, inspiration, tips, tools and identifying your niche and muse than on graphic design, HTML and the nuances of SEO.  Those subjects come up aplenty, but we care more about sending you home inspired, refreshed and connected.

When: September 6 – 8, 2013~ We begin (loosely) between 5 and 7p on Friday evening and offer an optional Foodie Friday add-on from noon to 5p that first afternoon.  The conference concludes no later than noon on Sunday.

Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, just west of Little Rock, Arkansas (www.ferncliff.org)

Cost: Two housing styles are available: RETREAT (group pod-style accommodations) and HOTEL (hotel-style double occupancy rooms).  Rates include full conference registration, all meals, activities and lodging.  Foodie Friday is an optional add-on cost of $40.00.

  • Early-bird RETREAT Registration: $175 per person (must register no later than May 1, 2013)
  • Early-bird HOTEL Registration: $199 per person (must register no later than May 1, 2013)
  • Regular RETREAT Registration: $225 per person (by August 30, 2013)
  • Regular HOTEL Registration: $250 per person (by August 30, 2013)
  • Late RETREAT Registration: $250 per person
  • Late HOTEL Registration: $275 per person


Now, let’s get you registered over on Eventbrite! Click here.


  1. Alicia says:

    If you book the hotel-style double occupancy rooms does that you mean you will have a roommate?

    • Alicia -Yes, it does. Due to the limited number of rooms at Ferncliff, we will have to do double occupancy. If you do not know anyone giong, we will hook you up with a blogger that is similar to you. We did this last year and several new best friends came out of it.

  2. Hey, Stephanie,
    Some questions:
    1. When do we pay, and if in advance, is there any refund if we cannot attend?
    2. What type of activities are usual on Sunday a.m.?
    3. What is the occupancy of the group pods?

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