Daylong Retreat Scheduled for Writers at All Levels

March 12, 2015

The Third Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at University Campus. The full-day retreat will feature 12 hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, young adult writing, and poetry.

A faculty of nationally acclaimed Florida authors includes fiction writer Karen Brown (The Longings of Wayward Girls, Little Sinners and Other Stories, and Pins and Needles: Stories); creative nonfiction writer and editor of Florida Review Jocelyn Bartkevicius; poet Michael Hettich (The Animals Beyond Us and Systems of Vanishing); Tampa Bay Times columnist and bureau chief Ernest Hooper; and young adult writer Amy Christine Parker (Gated, and the sequel, Astray). These renowned writers will be joined by Saint Leo writing faculty members Dr. Patrick Crerand, Gianna Russo, and Dr. Kurt Wilt to guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or order a box lunch for an additional charge.

A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis. There is an additional fee for the 15-minute consultation of up to 10 pages of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Early registration for the Sandhill Writers Retreat is open until April 30. The cost is $85 for the public; $65 for teachers, students, and senior citizens; $25 for Saint Leo faculty, staff, veterans, and active-duty military; $10 for SLU students. Five student internships, for which there is an application process, waive the registration fee. Optional one-on-one manuscript review conferences will be available with retreat faculty for an additional fee of $75. There will also be a box lunch provided for $8.

Late registration, from May 1 to 12, includes an additional fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, click here.

For more information, contact Gianna Russo, retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or