Sunday, November 24, 2019

Poetry Weekend with Maria Gillan and Laura Boss December 13-15

There are a few remaining places for participants at the WRITING YOUR WAY HOME poetry intensive weekend December 13 - 15, 2019 in Mendham, New Jersey.

Poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss invite you to join them at the St Marguerite’s Retreat House situated on 93 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploration at your leisure.

This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for nurturing the creative spirit, and your hosts will give poets space and time to focus on their writing away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life.

Participants will draft poems in the workshops and should bring paper or a notebook, pens, and the willingness to take risks. Please also bring previously-written work for one-on-one critiquing sessions and for group readings.

At this retreat, poets will find:
• support and encouragement;
• stimulating writing exercises/prompts leading to the creation of new work;
• workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life;
• opportunities to read their work aloud to the group;
• a community of writers and networking opportunities.

Fifteen professional development credits can be granted for the weekend.
This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.

The retreat begins 5 p.m. Friday, December 13 and ends 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 15

The location is the Manor House at the convent of Saint John the Baptist, 82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ.

Poetry Weekend Intensive Schedule:

Friday: Please arrive by 5 PM and settle into your rooms. After dinner, we will break into two groups (about 12 to 15 in each), where we will have the opportunity to write poetry and share the work we’ve just written.

Saturday: After breakfast, we will break into two groups for morning workshops. Lunch will be served, followed by one afternoon workshop and either free time or a critiquing session with the poet faculty. Interested participants can sign up in advance (at the retreat house) and may bring previously written, typed work for feedback. After dinner, there will be an additional workshop.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the two groups will come together and we will share something written on the weekend or previously.

Sunday, December 15, 2019: Breakfast followed by a workshop. A final reading by participants will serve as the “closing ceremony” to what we hope will be an inspiring and productive weekend. Lunch will offer another opportunity for socializing and networking.

Deposit  — October 15, 2019-----------$300
Balance  — November 15, 2019 -------$125
Total ---------------------------------------$425

*Total fee includes room, meals, and workshops.
*Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid in full by November 1, 2019.
*Full refund will be given prior to March 15, 2018.
*Late registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan and mail to 40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Other questions? Email

Laura and Maria
Laura Boss is a first-place winner of PSA’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of the Lips poetry journal. She is the recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships, and in June 2011 received the first International Poetry Award at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. Her books include: Reports from the Front (CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems and Flashlight (both Guernica). She co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy: Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014). Her most recent book of poems is The Last Lover (NYQ, 2017).   Visit her website

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and starting September 2018, has been appointed a Bartle Professor at Binghamton University—SUNY and Professor Emerita of English and creative writing. Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow Poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss invite you to join them and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist's website is and her poetry website is

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