Retreats

2019 Retreat
2018 Retreat
2017 Winter Retreat
Winter Retreat 
2016 Winter Residency
2019 Retreat
2018 Retreat
2017 Winter Retreat
Winter Retreat 
2016 Winter Residency
previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

Building a home for poets of color in the South

The Watering Hole hosts the only Southern writing retreat for poets of color and draws 50 to 60 poets to the retreat each year.

About the Winter Retreat

Interested in learning more about the retreat’s history, previous facilitators, graduate fellows, and current fellows?

Basic Details

Submission Period: May 15 – July 1

Applicants Notified: in August

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.

Accepted applicants may attend up to 3 retreats over the course of 5 years. Upon attending the 1st retreat, applicants become TWH Fellows. TWH Fellows reapply as normal for future years and receive priority during selection. Upon completing the 3rd retreat, Fellows become Graduate Fellows.

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

submit

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.

Writing 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

The purpose of this fellowship is to give up to six unpublished poets guidance with their manuscript in progress. In the fall, thee cohort members read and critique the manuscripts of their peers, using guidelines provided by the Ms. Coach. At the retreat, the they meet in their 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.

submit

Manuscript Coach

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, TheNew Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.   Read more…


Performance Facilitator

Monet Marshall

Photo Credit: Alex Boerner

Mon​ét Noelle Marshall is a Durham, North Carolina-based ​artist,​ director, producer and creative consultant.​  She serves as the Founding Artistic Director of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, producing new works by and new opportunities for Black playwrights. She is also the Founder and Lead Con(sulting) Artist at BaD Arts Consulting which helps creatives do better business and businesses be more creative. BaD Arts Consulting provides arts integrated solutions to creatives, businesses and nonprofits through consultation, event curation, marketing and facilitation. Monèt activates the arts to engage communities ​in collective visioning, changemaking and joy as social action. See her featured in American Theatre: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know!  Read more…


Writing Facilitators

Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson is the author of MILLENNIAL ROOST (C&R Press, 2018) and A FAMILY IS A HOUSE (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.   Read more…

Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. She lives in Hamtramck, MI and teaches poetry through Inside Out Literary Arts.    Read more…

Tim Seibles

Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992),  Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun was published by Etruscan Press in 2017. His poems has been published in the Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. Seibles lives and teaches at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Read more…

 

submit

Previous Years

2018 Winter Retreat–francine j harris, Chen Chen, Phillip B. Williams, Kimbi the Goddess (Performance), and Remica Bingham Risher (Manuscript Coach/Keynote)
2017 Winter Retreat—Terrance Hayes, Delana R.A. Dameron, Danez Smith, Abiodun Oyewole (Performance), and Patricia Smith (Keynote), with honored 5th anniversary guests Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Jericho Brown, Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Dasan Ahanu, and L. Lamar Wilson
2016 Winter Retreat — Evie Shockley, L. Lamar Wilson, Bettina Judd, Dasan Ahanu (Performance), and Sharan Strange (Keynote),
2015 Winter Retreat — Jericho Brown, Tara Betts, Randall Horton, Ebony Noelle Golden (Performance), and Marlanda Dekine (Arts Activism),
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 Hooper, and Remica L. Bingham Risher

submit

Your Fellowship

Have questions about your fellowship at the retreat, housing, facilities, fees, session calendar, payments, or what to expect when you arrive?

  • Traditional $499–Fellows with the Traditional Package are housed in a cabin with either retreat fellows or manuscript coaching fellows and may host one workshop for the retreat. Cabins consist of one bedroom with two double beds, one living room with a couch or futon, and one kitchen stocked with basic utensils. Fellows with a Traditional Package are housed 3 or 4 people to a cabin, which means that these fellows must be willing to share beds or sleep on the couch. Roommate preference forms are linked on the confirmation page immediately after payment. While we do our best to accommodate them, roommate preferences are not guaranteed. (Cabins are based upon availability and are therefore not guaranteed.)
  • Double $699–Fellows with the Double Package are housed in a lodge room with either a retreat fellow or a manuscript coaching fellow. Lodge rooms are similar to hotel rooms. They consist of one living space with two double beds. Fellows with a Double Package are housed 2 people to a lodge room. Roommate preference forms are linked on the confirmation page immediately after payment. While we do our best to accommodate them, roommate preferences are not guaranteed.
  • Single $899–Fellows with the Single Package are housed in a private lodge room. Lodge rooms are similar to hotel rooms. They consist of one living space with two double beds. Fellows with a Single Package are housed 1 person to a lodge room. The registration form is linked on the confirmation page immediately after payment.

submit

Getting Here

Check-In: Dec. 26th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. First Event: Dec. 26th at 5:00 p.m. Check-Out: Dec. 30th by 10:00 a.m.

Nearest Airport: Augusta Regional Airport (about 75 minutes away)

Shuttles

* The last one will leave the airport around 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 26th. We will request early check-in for shuttle people. * The first one will arrive at the airport around 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 30th. * If these shuttle times don’t work for you, reach out to the Tribe in the Facebook Group (for a ride share) or e-mail us for other options.

submit

It will really help Candace and Monifa if any of you are able to take some of these tasks off of our plate. This is a new program, so we’re working the kinks out of it. We’ll need about 6 people to share this work. Each person would work between 9 and 13 hours over this period.

THE WORK

The first and last days are clutch. We’ll need you on hand on December 26th from 10:00 a.m. December 30th at 2:00 p.m. The other days might amount to 2 hours of work per day broken up at different times of the day.

Dec. 26

  • DRIVERS–At least two people will drive fellows in shuttles, drive facilitators in, help me and Mo unpack the van (about 4-6 hours of work).
  • RUNNERS–At least two people will pack and deliver gift boxes, run last minute errands to the grocery store, set up the conference room, carry boxes (up to 25 lbs), basically set up for the retreat (about 3-4 hours of work).
  • FOOD PREP–At least two people will help the facilitator’s chef unpack and organize his equipment and goods. They’ll wash and chop veggies, design serving containers, deliver food, and clean the kitchen (about 2-3 hours of work).

Dec. 27-29

  • DRIVERS–At least one person will need to take fellows to the grocery store on the 27th (about 1 hour total). 
  • RUNNERS–At least one person will set up the conference room, deliver folding chairs to cabins, and be available for errands (about 1-2 hours of work each day).
  • FOOD PREP–At least one person will assist the chef at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ll wash and chop veggies, design serving containers, deliver food, and clean the kitchen (about 2-4 hours of work depending on the day).

Dec. 30

  • DRIVERS–At least two people will drive fellows in shuttles, drive facilitators outs, help me and Mo pack the shuttle van (about 4-6 hours of work).
  • RUNNERS–At least two people will double check each room and cabin, pack up the host cabin, help Candace and Monifa pack the van (about 3-4 hours of work).
  • FOOD PREP–At least two people will help the chef pack his equipment and goods (about 1-2 hours of work).

RETREAT DISCOUNT

We can give each Work Exchange person a $150 discount as a sincere thank you.

DRIVER ELIGIBILITY

  • A valid driver‘s license
  • A clean driving history
  • Willingness to shuttle fellows in the TWH rental van
  • Active vehicle insurance (including standard liability)

RUNNER ELIGIBILITY

  • Your own vehicle (for off campus errands that you run)
  • A valid driver‘s license
  • A clean driving history
  • Active vehicle insurance (including standard liability)
  • Ability to carry 25 lbs. 40 ft.

FOOD PREP. ELIGIBILITY

  • Cleanliness and safety awareness
  • Ability to carry 25 lbs. 40 ft.

 ***Work Exchange Fellows are not eligible for any of the one-on-one conferences for the first ten people who pay in full.

submit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Words here