Winter Retreat

Basic Details

Submission Period: Mar. 1 – Jun. 1
Applicants Notified: by Aug. 15
Retreat Dates: Dec. 26 – 30 every year
Branches: Workshop Fellowship or Manuscript Coaching Fellowship
Focus: Reading great poets, generating new work, and building tribe with each other.
Location: Hickory Knob State Park in
1591 Resort Dr. / McCormick, S.C. 29835 / (864) 391-2450
Attendance: Fellows must be arrive no later than the afternoon of Dec. 26th and remain in attendance until Dec. 30th.

Public Events:
Dec. 27th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Faculty Reading (Hickory Knob Convention Center)
Dec. 29th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Keynote and Graduate Reading (Hickory Knob Convention Center)
Dec. 29th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Fish Fry

General Events

All fellows may attend a Performance Workshop, 3 Craft Talks, the Faculty reading, the Graduation Ceremony, the Fish Fry, other unofficial gatherings and classes led by other fellows.

Workshop Fellowship

Workshop Fellows gather in small groups of 10 to 14 and take 3 hours of workshop on Dec. 27th, 28th, and 29th. They rotate among three facilitators. The purpose of the workshops is to learn craft and generate new work. These workshops include lectures, analysis, discussions, writing prompts, reading assignments, etc. These fellows have the opportunity to read the new work they generated at the retreat during the fish fry on the 29th.

Manuscript Coaching Fellowship

Ms. Coaching Fellows are a cohort of 5 to 8. In the fall, they read and critique the manuscripts of 1 or 2 of their peers, using guidelines provided by the Ms. Coach. At the retreat, the fellows meet in small groups, discuss manuscript building strategies, discuss individual manuscripts, receive feedback from their peers and coach, and work on the structure of their manuscript. They have the opportunity to read during the fish fry on the 29th.

Previous Years

2018 Winter Retreat–francine j harris, Chen Chen, Phillip B. Williams, Kimbi the Goddess (Performance), and Remica Bingham Risher (Manuscript Coach)
2017 Winter Retreat—Terrance Hayes, Delana R.A. Dameron, Danez Smith, Abiodun Oyewole (Performance), and Patricia Smith (Keynote)
2016 Winter Retreat — Evie Shockley, L. Lamar Wilson, Bettina Judd, and Sharan Strange (Keynote)
2015 Winter Retreat — Jericho Brown, Tara Betts, Randall Horton, Ebony Noelle Golden, and Marlanda Dekine,
2014 Winter Retreat — Frank X. Walker, Roger Bonair-Agard, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Darion McCloud (Performance), and Nikky Finney (Keynote)
2013 Winter Retreat — Tyehimba Jess, Lita Hoooper, and Remica L. Bingham Risher