Muse in the Woods: A Poetry Retreat for Published Writers 2019

About This Event

This muse-friendly retreat is intended for published writers who would like to stretch and grow in their craft – even if they have never written or published a poem. The retreat will offer seven guided workshops intended to inspire your muse and time to put your muse to work. Each workshop is a mixture of discussion, lecture, and prompts to generate new work. The last workshop will focus on revision.


Our common, pre-retreat read will be Human Hours by Catherine Barnett and Alive Together by Lisel Mueller.  In addition, the Highlights Foundation will provide all writers with copies of Gail Carson Levine’s Transient.  


The Foundation will also provide shuttles from Newark or Scranton should that work into your travel plans. You are welcome to add on unworkshop days to the retreat at a reduced cost of $129 per night. ($149 per night is the 2019 rate.)

The Particulars:

Leader: Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine’s poetry collection for adults, Transient, came out in July, 2016, from Nightshade Press, an imprint of Keystone College Press. Her poems have appeared in: The Louisville Review; The Sugar House Review; The Lullwater Review; Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems; The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks; and the second anthology of The Cancer Poetry Project. In 2016, she completed her MFA in poetry at NYU, studying with Sharon Olds, Yusef Komunyakaa, Catherine Barnett, Anne Carson, and others. For more information about Gail Carson Levine, please visit: (contact info blocked)

Location: The Barn at the Highlights Foundation, Boyds Mill, PA. The Highlights Foundation will provide food and accommodations.

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This retreat will officially begin with appetizers and dinner on the 28th at 5:30pm, and conclude with lunch on the 31st.

If you have questions about the retreat experience, please contact Jo Lloyd at (contact info blocked). If you have questions about the event’s curriculum please contact Susan Campbell Bartoletti at (contact info blocked).

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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