Monday, October 11, 2021

A Poetry Weekend December 10 - 12

Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Kevin Carey are offering WRITING YOUR WAY HOME: A POETRY WEEKEND INTENSIVE on December 10 - 12, 2021 in Mendham, New Jersey. They will be once again offering a full weekend of workshops and opportunities to read at St Marguerite’s Retreat House.

This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.
It is requested by the Retreat House that all participants must present proof of vaccination. (Please send a copy of your vaccination card with your registration form).

Time:Begins 5 p.m. Friday, December 10
Ends 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 12
Location: English Manor House at the convent of Saint John the Baptist, 82 West Main
Street, Mendham, NJ. The house is situated on 93 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploring the property. This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for contemplating nature and nurturing the creative spirit.

The purpose of this retreat is to give poets the 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 granted.

Poetry Weekend Intensive Schedule:

 Friday, December 10, 2021: 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, December 11, 2021: 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 our work—either something written on the weekend or
 Sunday, December 12, 2021: 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.

For full information and registration form, click here.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's new poetry collection is When the Stars Were Still Visible (2021). Other recent publications are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collections What Blooms in Winter and The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets which pairs her poems with her paintings. Maria's artist's website is and her poetry website is

Kevin Carey is the coordinator of creative writing at Salem State University. He is a poet, filmmaker, fiction writer, and playwright. His latest full-length play, The Stand or Sal Is Dead, premiered at the Actor’s Studio in Newburyport, MA in 2018. In recent years he has co-directed and co-produced two documentary films about poets (Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Malcolm Miller). His books include a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People, and the collections of poetry, The One Fifteen to Penn Station, Set in Stone and Jesus Was a Homeboy. Kevin’s poems have appeared twice on the National Public Radio show The Writer’s Almanac and on the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day.   His website is

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