Spend a week this summer honing your craft with a talented community of writers! This hands-on, workshop-based program will challenge you to write in new ways through prompts, small group work, and immersive cultural experiences. We will cover poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, memoir, fantasy and science fiction, horror, and children’s literature, as well as alternate forms like screenplays, spoken word, and graphic novels. Whether you are in the early stages of brainstorming a poem or the late stages of polishing a novel, you will benefit from the perspective of your instructor and your fellow writers.
We will capitalize on the beautiful northeastern Maryland scenery for hikes and walks to inspire our writing, and we will even have a retreat-within-a-retreat in WNA’s own log cabin. We will take advantage of the natural beauty and active culture in nearby Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Our experience will culminate in a Farewell Bonfire where writers read their work. Each attendee will leave the experience with a hefty portfolio of new work, an anthology of work from everyone who attended the retreat, a network of peers to consult as you continue writing, and the skills you need to write independently.
Laura Hart holds a B.S. in English Literature and Biology from Dickinson College, where she led the Belles Lettres Literary Society and chaired the editorial committee for The Dickinson Review, an annual literary magazine of student and faculty work. Ms. Hart has nearly a decade’s worth of cumulative experience as a writing tutor and teaching assistant. She currently teaches American English and AP Biology—and mentors the Creative Writing Club.