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Virtual International Writers' Retreat 2021

January 8-15, 2021

The Rosemont College International Writers' Retreat will be a robust virtual experience where you will work with a group of likeminded writers and a master instructor over the course of eight intensive days. The virtual “international’ experience will be facilitated by thoughtfully curated videos and online lectures featuring Italian, Moroccan, and Mexican art and culture. In the afternoon or evening you will participate in guided workshops in poetry or prose (including creative nonfiction or fiction). The emphasis of the workshops will be on generating new work, as using ekphrasis as our inspiration as well as other cultural material. Additional reading lists will be available with an optional opportunity for literary discussion.

To participate you will need a quiet space and access to a computer with a camera and a microphone. Our hope is to inspire new writing by offering exclusive digital cultural material that you can view and engage with on your own time. We’ll still be offering an intimate workshop environment along with a faculty reading on Saturday night and a closing night student open mic. We’ll also be hosting an optional daily group free write in Discord during the week from 11-2.

 Any questions can be directed to Carla Spataro, MFA program director at




Non-credit: $650

Alumni: $585 (10% discount)

Important: For Credit-Seeking Students

For those not interested in taking the retreat for credit, feel free to register through our website. If you want to take the retreat FOR CREDIT, DO NOT register through the website –you will need to register for CRW 7185 or CRW 7186 Winter Writing Seminar on iWay.

Students from other colleges that would like to take the retreat for credit should contact Carla Spataro, MFA Program Director at for details.

Cost for Credit:

$2,085 (or the current 3-credit rate)



Kirwyn Sutherland, poetry workshop

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, prose workshop

Subject Matter Experts

Melissa Topacio Long

Carlos José Pérez Sámano

Susi Kimbell