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The 2015 Writers in the Round Retreat on Star Island (Thursday-Sunday, September 10-13) is a multi-day creative retreat for songwriters and poets in a beautiful natural setting. The retreat is a time for artisitic 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.

              Island writers in the round retreat 2014A Supportive Approach

The small group experience consists of classes for instruction, workshops for creative expression, and evening programs, which support a healthy group dynamic.

Participants are encouraged 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

The development of a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment is a central goal. Formal activities are focused exclusively on this goal. There are also opportunities for informal networking, which are supported as a part of retreat activities. Through immersion in the formal and informal activities, participants often embark upon new creative directions never before touched upon, and form new creative associations with others outside of their daily walk in life. As such the retreat fosters diversity, and celebrates new beginnings and new horizons.


Star Island writers in the round retreat 2006Star Island 2015 Retreat

Hello All!
We are happy to announce that Writers in the Round Creative Retreat On Star Island is now in its eleventh year!   We hope you will share with others and if possible let us know of your plans to attend this year's retreat. Registration opens on April 15. You may contact the Conference Registrar/Co-Chair at , or contact Co-Chair Craig Werth at

Financial aid is available again with Star Island. Many WITR attendees have made good use of financial aid in previous years. Full details are listed on the Star website:

This year's Writers in the Round (WITR) Retreat on Star, hosted by Ellen Taylor and Craig Werth, will take place from Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13, 2015.

About the Instructors

Poetry: Meg Kearney

Meg Kearney’s books include Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award for Poetry and a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year; An Unkindness of Ravens, with a foreword by former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall; two YA novels-in-verse, The Secret of Me and it sequel, The Girl in the Mirror; and an award-winning picture book, Trouper, published by Scholastic with illustrations by E.B. Lewis (2014). Meg’s poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac,” and in myriad anthologies. She is Director of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Songwriting: Cosy Sheridan

Cosy first caught the attention of national folk audiences when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest in 1992. West Side Folk has called her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters,”  while Sing Out Magazine listed her CD Pretty Bird as one of their Great CDs of 2014. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for  a complicated world, blues-flavored gospel and modern retellings of  greek myths: meet Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style. For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab Utah.

Registration Information

Registration for the WITR Conference begins on April 15, 2015.  See top right section of this web page for more information and relevant links.

Star Island Retreat

September 10 to 13, 2015

Registration Information

Registration for this conference will be held "on-line".  It begins for our conference on  April 15.  If you have questions in advance, feel free to write to our registrar/co-chair, Ellen Taylor at:

For non-registration questions, you are also welcome to contact co-chair Craig Werth at:

SPACE is LIMITED to preserve the quality of the experience for participants.  We expect the retreat to fully fill with a balanced mix of poets and songwriters by mid-summer.


WITR Conference Registration (begins for our conference April 15)

Star Island Information

Financial Aid