The 2016 Writers in the Round Retreat on Star Island (Thursday-Sunday, September 8-11) 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.
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.
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 2016 Retreat
We are happy to announce that Writers in the Round Creative Retreat On Star Island is now in its twelvth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. , or contact Co-Chair Craig Werth at email@example.com.)
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: starisland.org/conferences/financial-aid
This year's Writers in the Round (WITR) Retreat on Star,
hosted by Ellen Taylor and Craig Werth, will take place from
Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, 2015.
About the Instructors
Songwriting: Jocelyn Mackenzie
Mackenzie is a Brooklyn-based, singer, songwriter, songwriting coach,
percussionist, writer, fiber artist and all around maker of things. She
is best known as 1/3 of indie-pop trio Pearl and the Beard, who
released their farewell album Beast in 2015. The band is proud to have
three songs from their catalog featured in Michael Showalter's new film
Hello, My Name is Doris, starring Sally Field and Max Greenfield, in
theaters in March 2016. The band has an extensive touring history
across the US, UK and Canada with such noteworthy artists as Ani
DiFranco, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Ingrid Michaelson, Bastille, Dar
Williams, Lucius, You Won't, David Wax Museum,Lady Lamb, The Drums,
Matt + Kim, Sharon Van Etten and more.
Mackenzie is a proud volunteer at
the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, for which she has performed,
coached, and given songwriting workshops for young musicians. In 2015
Mackenzie collaborated with Emily Hope Price to write and perform music
for the independent theater piece All We Have Left, granted by the Jim
Henson Foundation and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Mackenzie is
eager to release her new EP Unlovely later this year, which features a
collaboration with Ani DiFranco and handmade accessories and jewelry
for the album's cover art. In addition to her accessories design and
music, Mackenzie also knits professionally and has created garments for
such clients as Coach, Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein and Edun.
Poetry: BJ Ward
BJ Ward is the author of four books
of poetry. His most recent, Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013
(IO Poetry Series/North Atlantic Books), received the 2014 Paterson
Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have been featured on National
Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and the website Poetry Daily, as
well as in publications such as Poetry, American Poetry Review,
TriQuarterly, Green Mountains Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Sun,
The Literary Review, and The Normal School, among others. His essays
have appeared in The New York Times, Inside Jersey, The Worcester
Review, and Teaching Artist Journal. He is the recipient of a Pushcart
Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State
Council on the Arts. http://www.bj-ward.com
Registration for the WITR Conference begins on April 15,
2016. See top right section of this web page for more
information and relevant links.