The Retreat

River Pretty Writers Retreat is a writing intensive program that offers generative workshops in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and graphic narrative 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.

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Featured visting writers for RP13: 

RICHARD JACKSON is the author of fourteen books of poems including Traversings with VCFA faculty Bob Vivian (Anchor and Plume 2016), Retrievals (C&R Press, 2014), Out of Place (Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland, 2003), and Heartwall (UMass, Juniper Prize 2000), as well as four chapbook adaptations from Pavese and other Italian poets.

ROBERT VIVIAN's most recent collection of prose poems, Mystery My Country, was published in 2016, along with Traversings, a new book co-written with Richard Jackson. He is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy—The Mover of BonesLamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom, in addition to the novel Water and Abandon. He's also written two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricket of Evening. Several of his plays have been produced in New York City and his monologues have been published in the Best Monologuesseries. His essays, poems, and stories have been published in Harper'sGeorgia ReviewCreative NonfictionAlaska QuarterlyEcotone, and dozens of other journals. He teaches at Alma College in Michigan and has taught several times at various universities in Turkey, especially in Samsun, Turkey.