Writers in the Round Retreat
   Star Island – September 10-13 (Thursday-Sunday), 2021
NOTE: There are major changes this year due to COVID-19

Our enrollment limit is only 12 for this year (first-come, first-served with registration)

in order for us to adequately adhere to safety protocols.

Please visit the Star Island website for the latest in policies and procedures.

These are changing constantly and they will provide the most up-to-date information.

We hope to return to full programming for 2022. Stay safe!

The 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.

Star Island

  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

The 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.

  Registration Information

We enroll on a first-come-first-served basis. We also limit enrollment 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 is – $50 for this year (typically $120).

Registration begins on May 1, 2021 and it will remain open until our maximum enrollment of 12 is reached. 

Writers In the Round Registration Link  REGISTER

Once our registration is closed, you are welcome to contact Ellen Taylor at: 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:


There will be no visiting Instructors this year - Ellen and Craig will facilitate our reduced programming


  The Conference Co-Chairs
Long-time 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:, or Craig at:


   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.


WITR Conference Registration 

Star Island Information

Financial Aid