Rosemont to Host Writers' Retreat in June

Posted: February 14, 2013

Rosemont College starts off the summer by offering retreats for talented writers and authors wishing to refine and enhance their skills and immerse themselves in their craft. Participants attending these creatively stimulating and intensive training programs can choose from weekend, weeklong or combination sessions led by respected professional writers and instructors.

Workshops will cover topics ranging from book development to manuscript creation to writing fundamentals. Writers are encouraged to bring their own finished or unfinished works of fiction or non-fiction for analysis and critique from workshop leaders and peers.

"The retreat is the perfect opportunity to either refine works in progress or get a jump start on something new. We're so lucky to have such a serene and tranquil campus to host the retreat. It's a very conducive atmosphere for writing," said Carla Spataro, director of creative writing.

About the Weekend Session:

The weekend session will be an intensive three days of workshopping and discussion beginning on Friday evening, June 21 and ending on Sunday at noon.

Weekend session include workshops in Writing Children’s Picture Books taught by Joe Kulka, Tell Your Story: Memoir with Anne Kaier, Fearless Flash Fiction with Randall Brown, and Writing the Wild Blue Yonder: Following Image into the Unknown with J.C. Todd.

About the Weeklong Session:

The weeklong workshops will be held from Sunday, June 23 through Friday, June 28. Each day will begin with breakfast, an elective yoga class and the opportunity to interact with your fellow writers. Afternoons will consist of a mid-day craft lecture and interview with a well-known author from the Philadelphia region followed by an intense three-hour workshop. Nightly activities and receptions will offer plenty of networking opportunities.

Weeklong sessions include workshops in Writing for the Young Adult Audience with Elizabeth Mosier, Our Lives in Stories with Curtis Smith, Novel Fundamentals with Charles Holdefer, The Whole Story: Exploring the Possibilities of Voice in Short Fiction with Elise Juska, and Ordinary Genius: Engaging Your Muse and Writing Across Genres with Liz Abrams-Morley.

Past participants describe their experience at Rosemont College Writers’ Retreats:

“What was different about Rosemont College Writers’ Retreat was the amount of time we had to deconstruct each story, the insights of the more formally trained participants and the workshop leader’s guiding hand. I had a ton of constructive notes to review.” ­— Jim Breslin

“I consider the retreat to be the underpinning of my writing life. It has been a year full of awe and productivity.” — MaryAnn Miller ‘11

“Rosemont College Writers’ Retreat enabled me to take time to work on my passion. I always come away from it feeling refreshed and excited about new writing projects. I have met so many talented and inspiring writers, and have made such wonderful friends.” — Courtney Kelsch

Additional Session Information:

Each workshop will be limited to ten participants, ensuring that each author will have ample time to have their work critiqued. Some instructors may request advance copies of the work intended for critique. The retreat is also available for graduate college credit. For more details about earning college credit contact the program director, Carla Spataro (

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Last Updated: February 14, 2013