The Retreat

River Pretty Writers Retreat is a writing intensive program that offers generative workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for registered participants. You will be led by dedicated writers who are committed to sharing their love of the craft. We believe that when a community of writers come together to create new work, we are able to break through old habits and generate a product that is much stronger and truer than before.

Panel discussions, informal talks, as well as all readings (by participants, faculty, and featured writers) are free and open to the general public.

*Per Dawt Mill policy, if you are not a guest of the resort you must leave the property at midnight.

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Featured visting writers for RP18 April 24th-26th, 2020:  

TAYLOR LARSEN is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing. Taylor currently teaches fiction writing for Catapult and Concordia St. Paul's MFA Program. She has taught fiction writing at Columbia University as well as literature courses for Pace University. Taylor is the author of the debut novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, which released in July of 2016 (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). Her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Huffington Post, Joyland, The Brooklyn Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art. Taylor was a Peter Taylor fellow at The Kenyon Review Writers Conference in the summer of 2018. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor currently resides in the Hudson Valley.

KURT CASWELL was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has lived in Idaho off and on since 1987. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. He holds an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and an MFA in literature and creative writing from Bennington College, where he was recipient of the Lucy Grealy Memorial Scholarship. He was a 2001 fellow at Fishtrap writers’ conference, and a 2007 fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Caswell is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently Laika's Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog; and Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents. He has taught in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

MARCUS CAFAGNA has published two collections of poetry, The Broken World (University of Illinois Press, 1996), which was selected for the National Poetry Series, and Roman Fever (Invisible Cities Press, 2001). He received his MA from Michigan State University and his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He currently teaches literature and writing at Missouri State University.