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Frostburg and CityLit Team Up for Winter Writers' Retreat


Hemingway may have only needed a clean, well-lighted place, but most writers require a break from their nine-to-five, the kids, or the same old four walls that surround their writing space.  Get away from it all this March for a weekend of writing, reading, and critiquing.

CityLit Project and the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing team up for the first annual "Write in the Middle of Winter" retreat.  Escape to the mountains of Western Maryland March 4-7, 2010, (three nights) at beautiful Herrington Manor State Park for the time and attention your writing needs.

Retreat leaders Gerry LaFemina (poetry, Frostburg State University) and Merrill Feitell (fiction, University of Maryland) will guide writers through three days of critiquing text, presenting exercises, and talking shop, with plenty of opportunity to focus on your own writing.  A special dinner Saturday evening, March 6, features Ed Ochester, general editor of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and editor of the Pitt Poetry Series at the University of Pittsburgh Press.

"Let's face it, in our day to day lives, the writing often has to come last," said LaFemina. "There are kids or dogs or spouses-and sometimes all of the above-demanding our time.  This is a chance to give yourself some writing time away while also being in a community of writers."

Feitell's first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the Iowa Award for short fiction. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Byrdcliffe, Bread Loaf, and the Taos Writers Conference, and her short stories have been short-listed in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards. She teaches in the MFA program at University of Maryland in College Park and is Fiction Editor at Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, and Light Industrial Safety.

LaFemina's seven books of poems and prose poems include Graffiti Heart (winner of the Anthony Piccione/Mammoth Books Prize in  Poetry), The Window Facing Winter, and The Parakeets of Brooklyn  (winner of the Bordighera Prize in Poetry). A new book, The Vanishing  Horizon, is forthcoming in 2010 from Anhinga Press. He directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he also teaches.

Registration is $200 per person if received before January 15, 2010, and $250 per person thereafter.  Registration includes receptions on March 4 and 5, dinner on March 6, and a one-on-one critique session with the leader of your choice.  (Note: if you wish to have a critique session, you must deliver a printed copy of 10-15 pages of your material to the appropriate leader no later than February 15, 2010.)  Space is limited.

Accommodations and other food arrangements are extra.  Cabin options are available on a first come, first served basis.  There are four 3-4-person cabins (two bedrooms, one with two twin beds for $120 and one with one full bed for $150) and four 5-6-person cabins (three bedrooms, two with two twin beds for $120 each and one with one full bed for $150).  Retreat organizers will try to accommodate all requested preferences; however, we encourage groups, couples, friends to reserve entire cabins.  Registrants can pre-arrange cabin-mate situations (see Registration Form, link below), but organizers are happy to assign cabin-mates as necessary.  Cabins are heated and equipped with full kitchens, and the park lodge serves a limited menu.

Sorry, no pets allowed and guests must provide their own bed and bath linens.

Come write with us, right in the middle of winter.  For more details on accommodations, please call 301-687-4024.

Driving directions:

From Baltimore/Washington: Rt. 70 or 270 West to Frederick, Rt. 70 West to Hancock and Rt. 68. Rt. 68 west to exit 14 at Keysers Ridge and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road. Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At stop sign turn left, travel 0.3 miles to first road on right. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 5.8 miles to the park.

From Pittsburgh/Morgantown: Follow Rt. 79 south to Morgantown and Rt. 68 east to exit 14 and Rt. 219. Follow Rt. 219 south 19.5 miles to Mayhew Inn Road. Turn right on Mayhew Inn road, travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At stop sign turn left, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right. Turn right and travel 5.8 miles to park.

Click the PDF link below for registration form.

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