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Lindenwood MFA
Writing Retreat at New Harmony

Lindenwood MFA
Writing Retreat at New Harmony

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June 25 - 28, 2020

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The Lindenwood MFA in Writing program will be offering a writing retreat for current students and alumni in June 2020. Join us for four nights and three days of focus on and fellowship in writing!

We will gather at the New Harmony Inn in the historic hamlet of New Harmony, IN, filled with beautiful old homes dating back to the 1800s, and an old Main Street with shops, galleries, coffee-shops, and restaurants. This central location is a two-hour drive from St. Louis and Louisville. The village of New Harmony and the inn itself provides a relaxing atmosphere, which is helpful for dropping deep into your creative work.

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The New Harmony Inn has bright, spacious rooms, each equipped with writing desks. Set amongst the town’s wonderful tree-lined walks (which include a labyrinth), the inn provides us with a window-filled, high-ceilinged meeting space for us to gather each day. The Red Geranium restaurant is on site, where we’ll have our breakfasts and lunches together. And, in your free time, there is a hot tub and indoor pool looking out at the trees. Massage services and shops are a two-minute walk away, and there are golf-carts for rent, and bikes for free use. Here is a link to a gallery of photos of New Harmony Inn: https://newharmonyinn.com/photo-gallery

We will engage in craft classes, freewriting, workshopping, a flash contest, and a public reading. We’ll visit the local fine arts gallery, where we’ll engage with ideas from an exhibit that fits the retreat’s theme: place-based writing.

On that last note: we will guard some time each day for you to rest (and write), wander the town (and write), enjoy the hot tub or a swim (and write), sit on a bench under the trees (and write)--and note that “writing” often is happening when we are walking, sipping tea, exploring and savoring a place.

We will also partner with Sarah’s New Harmony, a restaurant with a coffeehouse and wine bar, where we will hold a public reading on our final evening together.

Daily Schedule

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Evening gathering that will help establish the rhythms of the writing-retreat; craft discussion and writing prompts and sharing work

Friday, June 26, 2020

  • 8:30 a.m.: Group Breakfast at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • Morning to write, wander the town, write, swim, write, sip coffee, write
  • 12 - 1 p.m.: Group Lunch at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Craft Class and visit to New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art visit (facilitated by Gillian Parrish) https://www.usi.edu/nhgallery/
  • Dinner on your own (time to write, nap/dream, write, swim, write, walk, write, talk, write)
  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Evening gathering of craft discussion, writing, workshopping (facilitated by Gillian Parrish)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • 8:30 a.m.: Group Breakfast at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • Morning to write, wander the town, write, swim, write, sip coffee, write
  • 12 p.m.: Group Lunch at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Craft Class (facilitated by Tony D’Souza)
  • Dinner on your own (time to write, nap/dream, write, swim, write, walk, write, talk, write)
  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Evening gathering of craft discussion, writing, workshopping (facilitated by Tony D’Souza)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • 8:30 a.m.: Group Breakfast at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • Morning to write, wander the town, write, swim, write, sip coffee, write
  • 12 p.m.: Group Lunch at the New Harmony Inn’s Red Geranium restaurant
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Craft Class (facilitated by Tony D’Souza)
  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Public Reading at Sarah’s New Harmony (The venue is a warm space in an old wood-floored, big-windowed general store, which serves as a coffeehouse in the mornings, and restaurant and wine-bar in the evening. They serve dinner, so this would be a nice place to eat just before the reading and to enjoy desserts and libations during the reading.)

Fee

The retreat costs include your lodgings for four nights with group breakfasts and lunches Friday-Sunday, and refreshments during our gatherings at New Harmony Inn. Dinner will be on your own, allowing time for you to recharge by yourself or with others. There are many choices in the little village within five-minutes walk from the inn.

The cost for each participant will be $1,000

Registration:

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Registration is now closed. 

The retreat will accommodate up to 15 total current students and alumni.

Questions? Please contact Professor Gillian Parrish with any questions

Facilitators

Tony D’Souza

Tony D'Souza

Tony D'Souza is an author and journalist, having published three novels with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, all three optioned for film, including his last novel, Mule, for director Todd Phillips at Warner Bros. His stories and investigative journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Outside, Mother Jones, Granta, and many literary journals. He's contributed to NPR, NBC, A&E and is a Guggenheim and NEA recipient. Tony has taught fiction, narrative nonfiction, the contemporary novel, African American literature and other courses in Lindenwood's MFA program for the past six years. He lives with his wife and three children in Sarasota, FL, where he writes crime, travel and environmental features for Sarasota Magazine. His latest publication was "The Ultimate Guide to Everglades National Park" for Outside Magazine.

Gillian Parrish

Gillian Parrish

Gillian Parrish serves as a full-time assistant professor at Lindenwood University, where she teaches cross-genre courses, designed to hone and stretch students’ writing muscles and expand possibilities for their stories, mixing sci-fi with lyric essays, fairytale fiction with war stories, contemporary poems that read like fiction and deliver memoir, and memoir and historical fiction that have the impact of poetry. She is the author of a book of poems, of rain and nettles wove, and co-translator of Long River, collected works of contemporary Chinese poet, Yang Jian. Her lyric essays have appeared in various journals and in the book anthologies. Cold spell, a chapbook that moves between St. Louis and the Arctic, is forthcoming, as is an essay on "writing in the gaps" of busy days (don’t we all know about those!) in the book Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets. Gillian currently enjoys writing magical-realist, place-based fiction, with a story forthcoming in Newfound.
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