Winter Retreat 
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Winter Retreat 

Winter Retreat  Writing can be isolating. Creative writers go months without having a conversation with another writer. They become hermit creatives. Being a poet of color, who works in the South, and who lives in a country that hesitates to support the arts compounds this artistic scarcity. Not to mention, the cost of retreats can...

2016 Winter Residency
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2016 Winter Residency

2016 Winter Residency Monday, December 26 – Friday, December 30, 2016 Santee State Park, in Santee, South Carolina First Annual Watering Hole Poetry Residency, held at Santee State Park in S.C., is dedicated to poets of color. This residency is open to everyone, but preference is given to members of The Watering Hole Facebook group. APPLICATION  Application Fee:...

2016 Winter Retreat Scholarships
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2016 Winter Retreat Scholarships

We are proud to announce three need-based retreat scholarships: Norman Jordan Scholarship for West Virginia Writers of Color, endowed by Mixxed Media, LLC and The Lindsey Scholarship for Male Poets, donated in memory of George Rufus Lindsey. These need-based scholarships will be judged by an impartial 3rd party reviewer. (If you do not fall into these categories, we apologize. The basic parameters...

September 17, 2015November 29, 2018by
2015 WINTER RETREAT
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2015 WINTER RETREAT

Sat., Dec. 26 – Wed., Dec. 30, 2015. Santee State Park, in Santee, South Carolina. This retreat is open to everyone but preference is given to members of The Watering Hole Facebook group. Applications Deadline: October 1, 2015 Application = cover letter + 3 poems + $5 reading fee

September 4, 2015November 30, 2018by
Post 2014 Retreat Reflections
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Post 2014 Retreat Reflections

Tribe--a communion of poets reaching for a goal together, who accept, support, and encourage each other, who open safe spaces for trust, honesty, and risk, who love, love, love each other freely and forgive each other without hesitation, who uplift and hold accountable, who bring peace and stand in solidarity, who celebrate and mourn together, who adhere to the belief that when one of us wins, we all win, family beyond blood.

January 29, 2015November 30, 2018by
My Muse is Dancing Again
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My Muse is Dancing Again

A beautiful review and remembrance of Stephanie Irby Suell’s experience at our 2014 Retreat. Thank you Stephanie.  Your words mean so much and give us fuel to keep pushing towards the mark. Here’s an excerpt of “My Muse is Dancing Again,” a brief account of depression, writing, and the 2014 retreat. “At the end of...

2013 Winter Retreat
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2013 Winter Retreat

 2013 Retreat More than thirty poets came to Santee, SC from December 27th to the 29th and talked craft with each other. It was a jam packed weekend. (Check out the schedule here.) Our facilitators were fantastic! Tyehimba Jess taught a class on slam and the sonnet, Lita Hooper guided us in unleashing our silenced selves...

January 17, 2015November 29, 2018by
2014 Winter Retreat Scholarships
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2014 Winter Retreat Scholarships

We are proud to announce two need-based retreat scholarships: The Hooper Scholarship for Single Mothers and The Lindsey Scholarship for Male Poets, donated in memory of George Rufus Lindsey. These need-based scholarships will be judged by an impartial 3rd party reviewer. (If you do not fall into these categories, we apologize. The basic parameters were set by our very generous donors...

November 8, 2014November 29, 2018by
Extended Retreat Deadline
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Extended Retreat Deadline

We’re extending the retreat application deadline to Oct. 31st, for those who confused the deadline to donate with the deadline to apply. Now, the last chance to donate and the last chance apply coincide. If you know anyone who should be at the lake with us, please pass the word. We’ll need a cover letter...

October 27, 2014November 30, 2018by
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