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 RP12: 

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; and Saudade (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Orion, and Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014.  She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.



Kurt Caswell newest book of nonfiction is Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (Trinity University Press, 2015). He is also the author of In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (Trinity University Press, 2009), and An Inside Passage (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, and a Texas Tech University President’s Book Award. He has published widely in journals and magazines. 

Caswell was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. A graduate of both the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, his work has earned four Pushcart nominations, the Lucy Grealy Memorial Scholarship, and fellowships at Fishtrap writers’ conference, and the MacDowell Colony.

Caswell is an associate professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University where he teaches writing, literature, and outdoor leadership.