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: email@example.com 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: Dan Blakeslee
Note: Sadly, MorganEve Swain had to cancel this year, but we're
thrilled Dan can step in. We've invited him multiple years before and
he was unavailable.
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured
into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. He has been
making music and art throughout New England ever since, leading him to
tour the U.S. performing with The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia
Loveless, The Lumineers, Liam Finn, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Death
Vessel and Kimya Dawson among others. In 2015 his dream of playing
Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the location where Bob Dylan
went electric 50 years earlier. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very
soul on stage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion onto the
stage for all to witness, explore and devour.
| 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Craig at: email@example.com
| 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.