2018 Writing Retreat

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***Applications are now closed for The Woods, 2018! Thank you to everyone who applied, and for those who want to apply next year, watch this space!***

Last year we partnered with the wonderful poets and artists from Ink Press Productions to co-run our second-ever writing retreat – we loved working together so much that we’re doing it again! With our powers combined, Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions Present “The Woods” running from December 6 – December 9, 2018.

Here’s what some of our past retreaters had to say!

“I felt welcome throughout the weekend, and although I knew very few people at the outset I walked away with new acquaintances and a positive feeling.”

“I loved it. I was SO SCARED and considered bailing many times, including the day of. I just felt totally insecure and like I was going to go in without having written anything and be around all these people who are writing books and shit and it was not like that AT ALL. It was great. The setting was really lovely, the people were all so kind and warm and also equally freaked out. It just felt like I was with my tribe.”

“I loved this retreat and wish it was every month. I got back the creative energy and motivation that I thought was totally evaporated from me. Everyone was on a similar level of cool/ intelligent/ awkward/ not judgemental/ interested/ open and everything I needed was there and taken care of.”

“I was very impressed with all aspects of the event: the location, the organizers, the workshops, the food, and my fellow participants. I’m happy I was selected to be part of it, and hope I contributed to the quality of the whole.”

WHAT IS THE WOODS: The Woods is a writing retreat in the lovely Cacapon State Park, West Virginia. What will happen during the retreat? We’re glad you asked:

  • A long weekend of writing and meeting other writers
  • Shared, communal cabins
  • Optional activities per day to get your blood pumping and your artistic juices flowing
  • Heat and electricity, comfort, no internet
  • Copious fireplace usage
  • Games of the literary kind
  • Optional workshops and activities
  • Camaraderie
  • Time with our writers in residence to help hone your skills (if you’re interested)


Thea Brown: Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She is the author of the chapbook We Are Fantastic (Petri Press 2013), the full-length collection Think of the Danger (H_NGM_N 2016), and the forthcoming full-length Famous Times (Slope Editions 2019). She lives in Baltimore, where she was the 2016–2017 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School, a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant awardee, and the recipient of a 2017 UCross Foundation fellowship.

Nate Brown: Nate Brown’s stories and essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, Five Chapters, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Publisher’s Weekly, and LitHub. He is the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine in Austin, TX, and has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation, and multiple work-study scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches writing at Stevenson University, the George Washington University, and at Georgetown University.

COST: For 3 nights and 3 days, the cost is as follows:

  • $250 for a shared room (a twin bed in a room with one other person)
  • $300 for a private room (double bed in a private room)
  • Cost includes (vegetarian) meals, some booze, swag, valuable time to write, and access to optional activities and workshops.

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions are always looking for people who will add to our community of writers in a positive and supportive way.  Our writing retreats are an opportunity for us to do just that. We need to know you’re cool with spending a long weekend in the woods, with us, in small cabins, and that you are serious about getting work done while having a good time with fellow retreat-goers. Basically, we want assurance that you’ll follow our one and only rule: Don’t be a jerk.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been published multiple times, have written for years, or are just getting started – The Woods is for all. All non-jerks, that is.

SAFETY: Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions reserves the right to decline and rescind invitations or request the departure of a participant at any time should issue of safety arise. Safety is our first priority, and aggressive, dangerous or hateful behavior will not be tolerated.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will only be open from August 1 to September 30, 2018.  

HOW TO APPLY: Fill out the form below to submit your application.  We will notify you in mid-October if you are selected. 

If you’re wondering something that we didn’t address about, please drop us a line @writersandwords@gmail.com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

We hope to see you at The Woods!