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Past Writer's Retreats

About the Rosemont Writers' Retreat (June 2016 Information)

Located on a 56-acre campus in an attractive, historic suburban community, Rosemont College is a peaceful sanctuary located just minutes by train from center city Philadelphia. This year the retreat offers students either a weekend (June 17-19), a weeklong (June 19-24), or combination session (June 17-24). The retreat is also available for graduate college credit. For more information please contact the program director, Carla Spataro (


The weekend session will be an intensive three days of workshopping and discussion beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday at noon. During the weeklong session, days will begin with an elective yoga practice. At noon there will be a craft lecture and interview with a well-known author. Afternoons will be spent in an intense three-hour workshop run by an instructor who is not only an accomplished writer in his or her own right, but also an experienced teacher. Workshops will be limited to no more than ten participants, ensuring that each author will have plenty of critique time. Nightly faculty readings and receptions, along with an open mic, will offer plenty of networking opportunities, but the emphasis will be on immersing yourself in the writing life and your own work.

Special Note: 
Some instructors may request advance copies of the work that you wish to workshop. 


Non-Credit Students

  • Weekend: $450
  • Weeklong: $750
  • Both: $1,100

For Credit: $2,025 (or the current 3-credit rate) PLUS $65 materials fee totaling $2,090

Matriculated students (or students from other colleges that would like to take the retreat for credit) should register for CRW 7175 Summer Writing Seminar with permission from the program director. Students taking the retreat more than once should contact the program director to make sure they register with the appropriate course number.

  • Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and the welcome and farewell suppers.


Housing (for all) *Housing is FULL

  • Weekend: $100
  • Weeklong: $300

Approximately 8 rooms are available in Gracemere for in residency housing. This includes four double rooms. If you plan to attend the retreat with a friend, you can make a special request to room together; otherwise all rooms will be rented as singles. Additional dormitory rooms on campus may be available as well. All bathrooms are semi-private. To see pictures of Gracemere visit:

  • Bedding, towels, and toiletries are not supplied
  • Any questions or special requests, please contact Carla Spataro at
  • Shuttle service to campus is available from the Rosemont Train Station