2019 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.


At this time, class registration for the 2019 Summer Writing Retreat is closed. There are still spots available for the Write Away option (no campus housing) until close of check-in at 5pm on Sunday, July 14. If you'd like to register for the Write Away, contact Becka Oliver at becka@writersleague.org.


This year, for the first time, we'll host this annual gathering in beautiful Kerrville, Texas, on the campus of Schreiner University. To read more about our retreat location in the heart of Hill Country -- click here.

For those of you who've joined us for this retreat in the past, we're also making some small changes that we think will make a big difference. This year, we're encouraging all attendees to consider the "all-inclusive" registration, a package that includes housing and meals. This enables you to step onto the campus of Schreiner University on Sunday and not have to leave until the retreat ends on Friday. All of our classes, meals, writing rooms, presentations, and events will take place on campus - making this our "home away from home" for the event.

Kicking off with an evening orientation on Sunday, July 14, the event includes five full days of both class instruction (9am to 12pm) and dedicated writing time (1pm to 4pm) - Monday through Friday, July 15-19 - and several special events throughout the week, including guest speakers in the afternoons and group gatherings in the evenings. (The afternoon writing time is also a new addition this year - a change in the schedule we know many of our returning attendees will be excited about.)

Each registrant selects the class they'll participate in (students stay in the same class for the duration of the event), choosing from four topics all taught by experienced instructors with top notch 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.

This year, for the first time, we'll offer a "Write Away" option that will include a full five days of dedicated writing time (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) for writers looking to put their heads down and focus on a work in progress in a space with fellow writers. Anyone who registers for the all-inclusive Write Away option will not be assigned to a class and will instead have use of the communal and quiet writing spaces for the full day, in addition to full access to the guest speaker presentations and evening events. 

Throughout the week, the Writers' League will host guest speakers in the communal writing space in the afternoons as well as evening events open to all registrants. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to mix, mingle, and make new writing friends. All in one place!


After May 9:

Single class tickets are available for purchase at the rate of $349 for current WLT members and $409 for nonmembers. The Write Away option single class ticket is available for $219 for current WLT members.

The all-inclusive package is priced at $700 (shared) or $785 (private) for current WLT members. For nonmembers, the all-inclusive package is priced at $760 (shared) or $845 (private). For the Write Away, the all-inclusive package is priced at $570 (shared) or $660 (private). 

Details on housing are available here.




(Note: We are offering two fiction classes, one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("Setting the Stage for Your Next Writing Project: Generation and Exploration") and one for writers who are already far along with a project and are looking to revise or deepen the work ("The Evolving Draft: Reaching "The End" and Exploring Revision"). 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 Evolving Draft: Reaching "The End" and Exploring Revision"

with Stacey Swann

"Setting the Stage for Your Next Fiction Project: Generation and Exploration"

with Charlotte Gullick


"Capturing Real Life: Long-Form Narrative in a Short-Form World"

with Michael Hall


"Transforming a Story Worth Telling into a Story Worth Reading" 

with Donna M. Johnson and Kirk Wilson



"Summer Retreat Write Away"

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


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