2018 Summer Writing Retreat


Ever want to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community? Here's your chance.


This year, for the first time, we'll host this annual gathering in beautiful Nacogdoches, Texas. To read more about our retreat location - the Lone Star State's oldest town, known for its rich history and wonderful gardens - click here.

Kicking off with an evening orientation on Sunday, July 29, the event includes five full days of classes (Monday through Friday, July 30-August 3) and several special evening events throughout the week, designed to showcase some of the terrific venues and offerings in Nacogdoches.

Each registrant selects the class they'll participate in (students stay in the same class for the duration of the event), choosing from five topics all taught by experienced instructors with winning credentials. Each class is capped at 20 registrants allowing for an intimate classroom experience with plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions, receive specific feedback, form lasting connections with fellow participants, and more. The classes are open to writers of all genres and categories and are appropriate for both beginners and more seasoned writers.

Throughout the week, the Writers' League will host (or co-host with local partners) evening events open to all registrants. These offerings - including panel discussions, presentations, and readings - will take place at venues around town (and will include some special guests).



Special Members Only Registration: $289 through May 7


After May 7: $329 / Members and $389 / Non-Members

Registration does not include accomodations or meals. Attendees are responsible for their own housing.

A block of rooms has been reserved at both the Stephen F. Austin State University Residential Housing and The Fredonia Hotel, a locally-owned hotel within walking distance to downtown.

Details on these two housing options, including rates and instructions for booking, are available here.




(Note: We are offering two fiction classes, one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("The Fiction Hatchery") and one for writers who are already far along with a project and are looking to revise or deepen the work ("The Defined Draft"). Please read the full descriptions and choose the class that matches what you're looking for. And, as always, reach out to us if you'd like some help deciding.)

"The Fiction Hatchery: Moving Ideas to the Page Through Characterization, Plot, Setting, and Theme
with Stacey Swann

"The Defined Draft: Turning What You Have into What You Need
with Charlotte Gullick


"Exploring the Essay: Building the Essential Foundation for Short and Long Form Nonfiction"
with Rachel Starnes  


"Looking In, Looking Out: Moving Beyond the Personal in Memoir
with Donna M. Johnson and Kirk Wilson


"Please & Thank You: Crafting Poems that Express and Explore"
with Christine Butterworth-McDermott


Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org or call 512-499-8914. 


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