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The 2018 Writers in the Round Retreat on Star Island (Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9) 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.

Star IslandA 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.

StarStar Island 2018 Retreat

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

Financial aid may be 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 6 to Sunday, September 9, 2018.

About the Instructors

Instructors for both poetry and songwriting will be announced early in 2018. Stay tuned to this site for the latest information. As always, direct inquiries to: Registrar/Co-Chair at , or contact Co-Chair Craig Werth at

Star Island Retreat

September 6 to 9, 2018

Registration Information

We enroll on a first-come-first-served basis. We also limit enrollment and seek a balance between songwriters and poets to preserve the quality of the experience for participants. Our conference tends to fill up within a few weeks of the start of registration. If you are interested in other potential opportunities contact us.  We recommend that interested folks register for this conference in the early days of registration which is slated to begin in March of 2018.



WITR Conference Registration 

Star Island Information

Financial Aid