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One of the things nearly all writers have in common is that we simply don't have enough time to devote to our writing. That is one of the reasons I founded the VCFA Novel Retreat. First, you should know that I am core faculty in the VCFA low residency MFA program, one of the highest-ranked low-residency programs in the country. And thanks to the college's foresight and commitment to the literary arts, when I came to them with the idea of a retreat, their answer was a resounding YES!

You can find all the details you need about the retreat, which will be held May 13-19, 2019 at our web page. But here are a few details . . .

The VCFA Novel Retreat provides private studio space, abundant time, and a supportive atmosphere for established and emerging writers. Whether you seek the solitude and quiet a retreat provides or writing time combined with consultations, craft talks, and more, the VCFA Novel Retreat enables you to craft the type of experience best suited to your individual needs.

Located amid the beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus, retreat participants gain the added benefit of working with our world-renowned faculty. Our 2018 faculty includes Richard McCann, Crystal Wilkinson, myself, and special guest literary agent Jeff Kleinman, a founding partner at Folio Literary Management in New York City. This year, our Full-Manuscript Mentorship team includes novelists Miciah Bay Gault and Robin MacArthur.

The Retreat offers a rare environment, one in which both participants and faculty are immersed in their individual writing projects. This produces a synergistic, community-wide experience that is deeply conducive to creativity. 

No matter where a writer is at with a full-length writing project—beginning, drafting, or final edit—the Retreat is designed to accommodate all stages of the process.