September 28, 2012

Poetry Intensive Weekend



St Marguerite’s Retreat House
Situated on 93 acres of wooded land
With pathways that lend themselves
To serene contemplation of nature
And nurturing of your creative spirit
Located at the convent of 

Saint John the Baptist
82 West Main Street
Mendham, NJ

With poets LAURA BOSS and

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
December 14, 15, and 16, 2012

The purpose of this retreat is to give writers the space and time to focus totally on their own work in a serene and beautiful setting away from the pressures and distractions of daily life.

Writing weekend poets will find:
* Support and encouragement 
* stimulating activities leading to the creation of new work   
* workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life   
* opportunities to read their work aloud to the group  
* a circle of writer friends 
* networking opportunities.
·      (This writing intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.)



Participants arrive before dinner on Friday evening. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Participants should arrive prior to 6 pm to give themselves a chance to settle into their rooms and begin to retreat from the distractions of the world. After dinner, participants will break into two groups and the poetry faculty will lead them in creating new work. After the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to read one poem.   

After Saturday breakfast, participants will again break into two groups for morning workshops.  Some free time will be scheduled for socializing in the morning.  In the afternoon, writing workshops will take place, followed by free time or each participant will have a chance to sign up in advance with the lead Poet faculty for one-on-one help with revision. After dinner on Saturday evening,  faculty will lead another writing workshop and later participants will be invited to read their poems to the group. 

On Sunday after breakfast additional writing workshops will take place. A final reading by participants will serve as the “closing ceremony” to this inspiring and, we hope, productive weekend.  Lunch will provide a final opportunity for socializing.

We envision this weekend as a retreat from the noise and bustle of daily life. We see this retreat as a spiritual and creative break from our usual lives; it will allow us to take some time to look at life in a new light, to listen for our own voices, and to create in stillness, in quiet, and in community. These are times of contemplation and welcoming the muse. We want this experience to be unique and totally different from any other experience in the participants’ lives.

The workshops will concentrate on writing our way home and the way writing can save us, save our stories and our lives. We will work with drafting poems within the workshop. Participants should bring papers, pens, and the willingness to take risks. Please also bring previously-written work for one on one sessions and for readings.

Fee Schedule

Total $375..

Deposit—November 1, 2012------$225
Balance—December 1,2012----------$150

*Total fee includes room, all meals, and all workshops.
*Early Bird Discount: Deduct $25 if paid in full by November 1, 2012
*Full refund will be given prior to December 1, 2012.

*Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Enrollment is limited.
We already have a list of people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

Mail check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan  - 40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506
                           Other questions? Call (973) 684-6555 or (973) 423-2921 or email

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Laura Boss is a 1994 first place winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Memorial Award.  Founder and editor of Lips, she was the sole representative of the USA in 1987 at the XXVI Annual International Struga Poetry Readings in Yugoslavia. Her awards for her poetry also include Fellowships in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State in 1999, 1992, and 1986 and an American Literary Translator’s Award (funded through the NEA) for her book On the Edge of the Hudson (Cross-Cultural Communications). Her books of poetry include Stripping (Chantry Press), the prize-winning On the Edge of the Hudson and Reports from the Front (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1995).  Her latest book is Arms: New And Selected Poems (Guernica, Editions, 1999. Her poems have recently appeared in The New York Times.  In 1998 her manuscript was one of ten finalists in the country in PSA’s Di Castagnola Award.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). Her latest book is What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions, 2010).   She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published twelve books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica Editions). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam) and Italian-American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers). Ms. Gillan has read her work at Colleges, Universities, Poetry Centers, and Festivals throughout the USA including Harvard University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Longfellow House, Cambridge, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, San Francisco State University Poetry Center, University of California at San Diego, Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, among many others. She has also read at poetry festivals internationally in Yugoslavia, Sicily, Italy, France, Malta, Wales, and Finland. She was named Connecticut State Touring Poet in 2009.

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