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Sandhill Writers Retreat

8th Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat

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    2020 Writers Retreat Notice:

    We regret to announce that the 2020 Retreat has been cancelled. Those who have already registered will be issued a refund in full.

    We expect to return next year and hope to bring in most, if not all, of the current faculty.  Please stay turned for future announcements. 

    Thank you for your support and interest in the Sandhill Writers Retreat. Keep writing and stay safe!

    Gianna Russo, Angel Jimenez and John David Harding



    Featuring "A Night with Brian Turner"

    Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm
    Saint Leo University Boardrooms
    Free and open to the public.

    Brian Turner

    Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others.

    image of Brian Turner - Writing for Veterans

    In addition to his poetry, he is the editor of the anthology The Kiss (2018), a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs.

    Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, the New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

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    About the Sandhill Writers Retreat

    The Sandhill Writers Retreat is a full-day retreat which takes place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. The retreat features hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, poetry performance, and publishing.
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    Faculty & Staff

    The visiting faculty of the Sandhill Writers Retreat bring diverse perspectives and experiences and share their expertise through craft lessons and workshops. Learn more about our current and past distinguished visiting faculty.
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    View Schedule of Events

    View the event schedule for the Sandhill Writers Retreat. This schedule is in PDF format. 
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    Registration Information

    Registration information includes retreat cost and add-ons, university campus map, and parking information. 
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    Master Classes

    The Sandhill Writers Retreat offers half-day master classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and writing for veterans are available. Taught by Saint Leo Creative Writing Faculty, master classes are suitable for experienced writers. Learn more about our master class today!
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    Photos and Testimonials

    At the Sandhill Writers Retreat, we learn a lot, discover a lot, network, and form friendships. Take a look at what sets our retreat apart from others. 
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