Sandhill Writers Retreat Set for May, Open to the Public

January 25, 2016

Saint Leo University has scheduled the fourth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat for 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at University Campus. The day-long format makes it convenient for writers of all levels to take a day from work or family responsibilities and participate in workshops and coaching sessions in a gorgeous setting only 35 miles north of Tampa.

The retreat is highly affordable, as well, especially for those who sign up by April 30. Fees are set at $85 for the general public; $65 for teachers, students, and senior citizens; $25 for veterans; and $25 for Saint Leo students, faculty, and staff. Optional items include a one-on-one manuscript consultation with a member of the retreat faculty for $75. A box lunch is available for $8.

Registrations will be accepted after April 30, as well, but with an additional $15 charge.

This year the program includes hands-on classes in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, comics (graphic novels), and writing for veterans. Visiting retreat faculty include: novelist Rita Ciresi, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times, poets Peter Schmitt and Erica Bernheim, and poet and graphic novelist Claire Stephens. Saint Leo faculty participating as teachers include fiction and non-fiction author Patrick Crerand, U.S. Army veteran and author Brooke King, and poets Gianna Russo and Steve Kistulentz.

More detailed information is available at this registration link: /academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences/the-sandhill-writers-retreat.aspx.

For other questions, contact Gianna Russo at (352) 588-8282 or

he Sandhill Writers Retreat is sponsored by Saint Leo’s Department of Language Studies and the Arts, Saint Leo’s Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, and the Tampa Bay Times.