The 2019 Writers in the Round Retreat is a
multi-day creative retreat for songwriters and poets (of any level of skill and experience) in a
beautiful natural setting, on a history-rich island off the coast of New Hampshire. Our retreat is a time for
artistic growth in a safe environment, fostered by
instructors who are experts in their art, be it songwriting,
poetry, or spoken word, and who are whole-souled in their
approach to life.
A Supportive Approach
The small group experience consists of classes for
instruction, workshops for creative expression, and evening
programs, which support a healthy group dynamic.
We encourage participants to take risks and push
themselves to explore new aspects to the process of writing.
Honesty, compassion, and humor are qualities valued by
retreat organizers and participants.
Activities: New Beginnings and New Horizons
development of a nurturing yet challenging creative environment is a
central goal. Morning and afternoon session are organized around
generative activities and workshops of poems and songs in progress
There is also time for informal sharing, exploring, and meeting with
other conferencees on the island. Through immersion in structured and
unstructured activities, participants often embark upon new creative
directions and form new associations with others outside of their daily
walk in life. As such, the retreat fosters diversity and celebrates new
beginnings and new horizons.
enroll on a first-come-first-served basis. We also limit
and seek a balance between songwriters and poets (of any level of skill
and experience) to preserve the
quality of the retreat for participants. Our conference enrollment
tends to fill up fast. Room and board is arranged with Star Island,
choices made at the time of registration. Our conference fee has
remained the same for more about a decade – $110.
Registration begins on April 1, 2019 and it will remain open until our maximum enrollment of 24 is
reached. We strive for a balance of 12 poetry-focused and 12 songwriting-focused participants.
Writers In the Round Registration Link (active April 1): REGISTER
Once our registration is closed, you are welcome to contact Ellen Taylor at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be on a waiting list for potential openings due to cancellation.
Financial aid from the Star Island organization may be available. Retreat attendees have made good use of financial aid in
previous years. Full details are listed on the Star website:
About the Instructors
|POETRY: Paul Hostovsky
Paul Hostovsky is the author of nine books of poetry and five
poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Carolina
Quarterly, The Sun, Shenandoah, Bellevue Literary Review, Poetry East,
and many other journals and anthologies. He has won a Pushcart Prize,
two Best of the Net awards, the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize, and has
been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and 21 times on the
Writer's Almanac. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language
interpreter and a Braille instructor. To read more about him, visit his
website at www.paulhostovsky.com.
|SONGWRITING: MorganEve Swain
Swain is a multi-instrumental string player, vocalist and songwriter.
Widely known as half of the music duo, Brown Bird, MorganEve enjoyed
international success and personal happiness while writing and touring
for six years alongside her husband, David Lamb. Shortly after Lamb’s
passing in 2014 at the age of 36, Swain launched The Huntress and
Holder of Hands as a creative vessel for not only her grief, but her
growth. Songs written and demoed originally by Swain alone, performed
live often employ up to six musicians with duties on viola, cello,
upright bass, electric bass, drums and vocal harmonies. Deeply rooted
in her experience with Lamb, The Huntress and Holder of Hands pulls
from the same creative and emotional place as Brown Bird. Influenced by
Eastern European and Middle Eastern musics, drone metal, rock and
Americana, Swain utilizes her primary instrument of 5-string viola to
build intense, bass-driven pieces, which deal both musically and
lyrically with love and grief; power and strength.
| The Conference Co-Chairs
friends, Maine poet, Ellen Taylor, and New Hampshire songwriter, Craig
Werth, have co-chaired this conference for many years. They
volunteer their services to carry forward the legacy of this
highly-acclaimed artistic experience. For more information about the
Writers In the Round Retreat for Poetry and Songwriting, contact Ellen
at: email@example.com, or Craig at: firstname.lastname@example.org
| About Our Founder
Note: “Writers in the Round” was created by our dear friend, singer-songwiter/publicist,
Deidre Randall, in 2005. She
led the retreat for several years until she passed it on to Ellen and
Craig. Deidre's publishing company, founded by her father, Peter
Randall, can be visited here.
Her beautiful music can be discovered here.