Creative Writing Retreat

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.
Tentative Daily Schedule

7:30-8:45 a.m. - Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Group writing workshop
12-12:45 p.m. - Lunch
12:45-1:15 p.m. - Free time
1:20-2:30 p.m. - Small-group special interest workshops A (poetry, fiction, screenwriting, memoir)
2:30-4:15 p.m. - Group afternoon activity (hike or trip)
4:25 -5:40 p.m. - Small-group special interest workshops B (graphic novel, spoken word, fantasy/sci fi, children’s literature)
5:45-6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:30-7 p.m. - Free time
7-9:30 p.m. - Group evening activity (film, bonfire, poetry slam, spoken word trip)
9:30-10:30 p.m. - Free time
10:30 p.m. - In rooms
10:45 p.m. - Lights out
Potential Activities and Trips
  • In-person or Skype interview with an editor/publisher
  • Walden Pond Writers’ Retreat in on-campus cabin
  • Flora and fauna walk
  • Anthology launch party
  • Farewell bonfire
  • Graveyard histories walk
  • Beach walk in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • “To the Lighthouse” hike at Turkey Point
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum and inner harbor
  • Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mütter Museum
Creative Writing Retreat

June 23-28, 2019
Ages 11-14

$1,200 (includes room, board, and excursions)

Questions?  Please contact Sasha Skulsky.

If you have already registered and paid the $75 deposit, but need to pay your remaining balance, please click here.