Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hello! Please spread the word that the WC&C Scholarship Competition, is now open. We'll be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction--and, for the first time, creative nonfiction--now through the end of March.

Three winners will receive $500 each to attend a WC&C member conference, center, festival, retreat, or residency. 6 finalists will also receive from memberships in AWP. We'll be promoting this contest heavily in AWP's social media this season, so watch for posts and please re-post on your sites!

The details can be found on the attached flyer, which I hope you will distribute widely.

Best Wishes,

Diane Zinna | Director of Membership Services | t 703-993-4396 | f 703-993-4302 | diane@awpwriter.org


All nine of the 2015 Week-long Workshop Retreats can be seen at

I hope that you'll find one that meets your needs or that you will decide that 2015 is the year you will go on retreat to work on your own creative project.

Either would make a much-appreciated gift for a creative loved
one...or for your creative self!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Poetry for the Soul
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat
Led by James Harpur (www.jamesharpur.com)
Arrival: Saturday, 9 May 2015
Departure: Saturday 16 May 2015

"My week at Anam Cara will explore the world of poetry with a spiritual tinge to it. In a friendly but focused atmosphere, sometimes contemplative, sometimes fun, we shall explore some of life’s deeper issues and observe how poetry honours them with the “best words in the best order”. The backdrop of the peninsula will help to direct our thoughts to creation and the creative process.
"Our morning sessions will include relaxed warm-up exercises, discussions on particular themes, reading classic and contemporary poems, and above all getting down to some writing. Afternoons will focus on personal study and one-to-one sessions with James.
"The course is open to all abilities, from experienced writers to those beginning their poetic journey, and is suitable to all believers, non-believers and part-time believers of all creeds, or no creeds. The most important thing is an open mind and heart, enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go and share.’"
Our themes will be:
• Life as Journey
• The Poetry of Now
• Spirit of Nature
• Talking to the Dead
• Dreamtime

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Another Workshop Retreat Added to 2015 Schedule

A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat
Led by Vanessa Gebbie (www.vanessagebbie.com)
Arrival: Saturday, 1 August 2015
Departure: Saturday, 8 August 2015

An reinvigorating workout for writers -- especially established writers who are feeling hemmed in.

The writing industry loves to put writers in boxes, pushing them to create similar work over and over. Let’s break those boxes open and remind ourselves how broad this gift of writing really is? Remember how it used to be when you started out?

Spend a week shamelessly experimenting at the glorious retreat that is Anam Cara. Take a step outside your comfort zone, try out new forms, new themes, with the support of an experienced tutor whose text book is recommended reading for creative writing courses across the UK and beyond, and whose published works span the novel, short stories, flash and micro-fictions, poetry and prose poetry.