Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:00am - 6:30pm
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, Florida
The full-day retreat will take place on the beautiful, serene
University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida,
approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. The retreat will feature
eight hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. A
stellar faculty of nationally-acclaimed Florida writers includes
Enid Shomer (Florida Lifetime Achievement Award
winner), Jeff Klinkenberg (award-winning Tampa
Bay Times feature writer), Ira Sukrungruang,
(who gave the best workshop at the 2013 pilot and is returning at
attendees’ request) and poet Lola Haskins (Florida
Book Award winner). These four renowned writers will guide
attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that
lead to new works The retreat will also include a faculty reading
and book signing, a reception, and an optional open reading for
participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch
or order a box lunch for an additional charge.
A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript
consultations are available on a first come, first served basis.
There is an additional fee for the 15-minute consultation of up to
10 pages of fiction, nonfiction or poetry.
You are invited! The Sandhill Writers Retreat
is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and
renew the joy of writing. Teachers, students, the military and the
general public are all invited to attend.
Enid Shomer will
conduct workshops in fiction. In 2013 she received the Lifetime
Achievement Award in Writing from the Florida Humanities Council.
She is the author of the novel The Twelve Rooms of the
Nile, story collections, Imaginary Men and
Tourist Season, and four books of poetry. She has taught
at University of Arkansas and Florida State University and has
edited the University of Arkansas Poetry Series since 2002.
Jeff Klinkenberg will
conduct workshops on writing about Florida culture. He has written
for the Tampa Bay Times since 1977 and is the author of
Alligators in B-Flat, Pilgrim in the Land of
Alligators, Seasons of Real Florida and
Dispatches from the Land of Flowers. He is a two-time
winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the
“Green Eyeshade Award,” and the national Sigma Delta Chi Award. He
has taught at UF’s College of Journalism and was the first “Writer
in Residence” for USF’s Florida Studies Graduate program.
Ira Sukrungruang will
conduct workshops in creative nonfiction. He is Assistant Professor
of English at USF, Tampa. He is the author of Talk Thai: The
Adventures of Buddhist Boy and won the Anita Scharf Award for
his poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is
co-editor of What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction
Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The FAT Nonfiction
Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2013 Artsmith Writers
Residency Fellowship, The Emerging Writer Fellowship, and an Arts
and Letters Fellowship.
Lola Haskins will conduct
workshops in poetry. She is the author of 11 books of poetry,
including The Grace to Leave. Her prose publications
include Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales
Unearthed; Solutions Beginning with A; and a poetry
advice book-- Not Feathers Yet: A Beginner's Guide to the
Poetic Life. She has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, two Florida
Book Awards, two NEA fellowships, four Florida state fellowships,
The Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and
recognition from Florida's Eden for her environmental writing.
Retreat registration includes access to all writing workshops, a
reception and book signing, the faculty reading and an optional
open mic. Both a box lunch and a one-on one-manuscript conference
may be purchased for an additional charge.
Manuscripts of 10 pages of poetry, up to 10 pages of fiction and
up to 10 pages of nonfiction may be submitted for close personal
review and private conference with the appropriate faculty. Slots
for one-on-one conferences are extremely limited and will be
arranged based on a first come, first served basis.
All participants must be pre-registered to attend. Early
registration will close on at midnight April 30, 2014. Late
registration from May 1-12, 2014, incurs an additional late fee of
$15 per registrant.
*Five student internships, for which there is an
application process, waive the registration fee. To apply for an
internship, contact the director.
Gianna Russo, Director, is the author of the
poetry collection, Moonflower, (Kitsune Books, 2011)
winner of a Florida Book Award, and the poetry chapbook, The
Companion of Joy (SLU’s Green Rabbit Press, 2014). She is
founding editor of YellowJacket Press. Her creative nonfiction has
appeared in Tampa Bay Times. She teaches at Saint Leo
University and is editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review.
Angel Jimenez, Assistant Director, is a Saint
Leo instructor and tutor.
Questions should be directed to Retreat Director and Saint Leo
English and creative writing faculty member, Gianna Russo, at (352)
588-8282 or email@example.com.
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Gianna Russo, 2014 Retreat Director