Upcoming Events

Finding Balance On the Page & Mat: A Poetry & Yoga Workshop Weekend with Emari DiGiorgio

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3, 2017

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Deadline to register: August 25

Single Occupancy: $495 (includes all meals and private bed/bath)

For many practitioners, writing and yoga are conduits to personal inquiry. Both require intention and attention. In this workshop, we will reflect on individual writing and yoga practices and develop new strategies to sustain them in our daily lives. By the end of the weekend, participants will have explored how yoga and meditation can lead to authentic writing, generated several new poems, received one-on-one consultations, and created realistic action plans to continue these practices at home.



Friday, September 1

4:00 – 5:30         Arrival

5:30 – 7:00         Conversation and hors d’oeuvre

7:00 – 9:00         Dinner and Introductions: Setting Intention on the Page & Mat

7:00 – 9:00         Optional Yoga Nidra (Guided Sleep Meditation)

Saturday, September 2

8:00 – 9:00         Morning Practice & Pages

9:00 – 10:00       Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00      The Scent of Memory: Guided Meditation & Writing Exercises

12:00 – 12:30      Free time

12:30 – 1:30         Lunch

1:30 – 3:30          Settling Into the Pose: Asana Practice & Writing Exercises

3:30 – 7:00          Free time / Individual Poetry Consultations

7:00 – 9:00         Dinner and Participant Reading

Sunday, September 3

8:00 – 9:00         Morning Practice & Pages

9:00 – 10:00       Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00     Home Practice: Making Time, Creating Community, and Sharing Your Writing with the World

12: 00 –               Optional informal lunch; departure


Things to Bring:

  • Notebook or preferred writing tool e.g. laptop, iPad, etc.
  • Drafts-in-progress
  • Yoga mat, block(s), strap

*Please list any dietary restrictions and allergies (including essential oils) when you register.

About Emari DiGiorgio 

Emari DiGiorgio HeadshotEmari DiGiorgio’s debut collection The Things a Body Might Become is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press in October 2017. She is the recipient of the 2016 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York and has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and is an active member of the South Jersey Poets Collective, where she hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ; A Tour of Poetry, a monthly poetry workshop for older adults in Northfield, NJ; and a series of community writing workshops for underserved populations in the South Jersey area. Emari is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, having completed her 200hr YTT with Laurie Greene in 2007, and has taught classes and workshops at YogaNine, Sol Luna, and Myoga.

Learn more about Emari at emaridigiorgio.com and follow her on Twitter @Emari_DiGiorgio.

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Deadline to register: August 25



Past Events

The Porch Spring Weekend Writing Retreat

May 5-7, 2017

Learn more & register here.

Single Occupancy: $475

Double Occupancy: $415

Day Participant: $250 (includes all but lodging)


The Porch is thrilled to offer its fourth annual spring weekend writing workshop, May 5th – 7th, 2017, at Rivendell Writers’ Colony. Step outside your busy life and be a writer amongst writers in a place infused with literary roots and uncommon beauty. You can expect inspiration, time to scribble, instruction, discussion, opportunities to share, relaxation, spectacular views, camaraderie, and good food and libations.


A stone’s throw from University of the South, Rivendell Writers’ Colony offers charming, writerly accommodations, breathtaking views, and a myriad of lovely perches for reading, writing, and musing. Rivendell Writers’ Colony adjoins the historical Brinkwood property once owned by William Alexander Percy, and later his novelist cousin, Walker Percy. Imbued with the rich literary heritage and spirit of both Sewanee and the Percy family, it is a place where a writer cannot help but feel inspired.



5:30 – 7:00         Arrival: cocktails and hors d’oeuvre

7:00 – 9:00         Dinner; writing party


8:00 – 9:30         Breakfast

10:00 –12:30      Writing time

12:30 – 2:00       Lunch

1:30 – 3:30         Draft Chats

4:30                      Craft Talk

6:00 – 7:00         Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre

7:00 –                   Dinner and optional participant reading


8:30 – 9:30        Breakfast

10:30 – 11:30     Craft Conversation

12: 00 –               Optional informal lunch; departure


Southern Foodways Alliance Writers’ Workshop

March 23-26, 2017


sfa-logoThe Southern Foodways Alliance tells stories about American food culture. We commission great writing. And we foster emerging writers whose work explores food and foodways. With those goals in mind, we are now taking applications for SFA’s 3rd annual nonfiction writing workshop at Rivendell Writers’ Colony in Sewanee, Tennessee, March 23-26, 2017.

Inspired by the literary legacy in Sewanee, RWC provides a unique space and community for developing the craft of writing, as well as the time and place to take in the natural beauty of life atop the Cumberland Plateau.

SFA director John T. Edge (columnist, Oxford American and Garden & Gun; author or editor of over a dozen books) and SFA associate editor Osayi Endolyn (M.F.A. graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design whose writing has appeared in Gravy, Atlanta Magazine, Eater, and New York Magazine’The Cut) will lead the workshop. They will discuss techniques of successful writing on food-related topics and work individually and collectively with attendees.

Applicants should be at work on a book or long-form feature at the time of application. (It does not have to be placed for publication.) The work must be nonfiction and closely tied to themes of food or foodways. Projects with a connection to the American South are preferred. Academics wishing to shape their work for a general audience are welcome to apply.

Previous writers who have attended the workshop have gone on to write for Gravy, work for the SFA (this year’s co-instructor!), and land jobs that we can’t say they owe entirely to attending the workshop—but we don’t think it hurt either. Some of their accomplishments include reporting for NBC News, publishing a 2-part series in Gravy quarterly, and producing a Gravy podcast.

The tuition fee of $450 includes all instruction, one-on-one editing sessions, eight meals, time and space to write, and lodging at Rivendell Writers’ Colony. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Sewanee, TN. Applicants who wish to be considered for a merit scholarship should indicate this preference on the application.

Applications (download here) are due on Tuesday, December 6 at 5 pm CST. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, December 12 at 5 pm CST. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.

Please direct any questions to Afton Thomas at afton@southernfoodways.org.



Writing By Ear: A Highly Professional, World Renowned YA Fiction Workshop Weekend with Jeff Zentner and David Arnold

January 6-8, 2017


Cost (includes all meals and private bed/bath): $475

Degrees are great. MFAs, creative writing majors, that Iowa Writer’s thing is all 100%. But what qualifications are truly necessary to be a writer? One, really: you have to be a human being. This weekend, we’ll spend some time talking about being human and being a writer and how those things intersect. We’ll hear from two humans called Jeff and David—both former musicians, now published authors—who mostly write books the way they once played instruments: by ear.


Friday, January 6

4:00-5:30     Arrival
5:30-7:00     Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
7:00-9:00     Dinner & Roundtable Intros

Saturday, January 7

8:00-9:00     Breakfast
9:00-11:00    The Character of Voice
11:00-12:30   Free time
12:30-1:30     Lunch
1:30-3:30       Dialogue is a Muscle
3:30-6:00      Free time
6:00-7:00      Drinks
7:00-9:00      Dinner Theater

Sunday, January 8

8:00-9:00     Breakfast
9:00-11:00    Publishing Nuts n’ Bolts
11:00-12:30   Free time
12:30-1:30     Lunch
1:30                Departure

Free Times will include opportunities to talk with Jeff and David one on one if desired and get tailored critiques, feedback, and help.

About David Arnold 

david-arnoldDavid Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland. Previous jobs include freelance musician, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips. You can learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam and Instagram @iamdavidarnold.

About Jeff Zentner

jeff-zentnerBefore becoming an author, Jeff Zentner was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write for young adults. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. The Serpent King is his first novel. His second, Goodbye Days is out in 2017.


Applications are accepted via Submittable.

Please include the following (details on the Submittable page):
Writing Sample
$12 application fee



Out of Reach: In Search of the Lyric Poem

A Poetry Workshop Weekend with Leigh Anne Couchleigh-anne-photo-e1469471095860-768x1024
November 11-13, 2016


The process of writing a poem is often one of answering two questions at once: what do I want to write about? And how do I want to write about it?

Our point of departure here is that the shape of a lyric poem is found rather than determined at the outset. The pleasure of writing for me is the surprise of discovering the formal energies crackling beneath the imagery, the lines, and the language of the poem in the making. After the crackle comes a shape and then the guiding principle.

As we examine craft, we’ll be considering a poem’s inward grace, its lyric identity that is “neither constrained by nor separable from the cadences, rhythms, lines, and structures that shelter it” (Eavan Boland). Workshops will begin with a discussion of shape and intention and then the conversation will go where it needs to go. In addition to workshops of your poems there will be two optional mini-seminars.


Friday, November 11

4:00-5:30 Arrival
5:30-7:00 Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
7:00-9:00 Dinner & Roundtable Intros: What question does the poem answer for you?

Saturday, November 12

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Craft Lecture: Shape, Heat, Space, and Semaphore In the Poems We Know
10:30-12:30 Free time
*11:30 Optional Mini-Seminar: “The Question is the Answer: The Interrogative as Form”
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Workshop: Sharing and discussing participants’ poetry
3:30-6:00 Free time
6:00-7:00 Drinks
7:00-9:00 Dinner and reading of original work or favorite poem

Sunday, November 13

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Free time
*9:00 Optional Mini-Seminar: “Arcadia: The Relevance of the Pastoral Mode”
10:30-12:30 Workshop: Sharing and discussing participants’ poetry
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30 Departure

Cost (includes all meals and lodging)

Single occupancy: $475


We are pleased to offer a scholarship to one workshop attendee to cover the cost of lodging and meals. Travel expenses are not included. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please include a Statement of Need of no more than 250 words along with your application. The recipient will be notified by September 17, 2016.

About Leigh Anne Couch

Leigh Anne Couch lives in Sewanee, Tennessee with her husband, writer Kevin Wilson, and her two sons. Her poems have appeared in the Western Humanities Review, Shenandoah, Cincinnati Review, Salmagundi, Caroline Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. Her poems have been included in several anthologies, including the Best of the Web (Dzanc Books 2008) and The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (Penguin 2016). Her first full collection of poems, Houses Fly Away was published by Zone 3 Press in 2007, as was her chapbook, Green and Helpless, by Finishing Line Press. After receiving her MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro she spent two years as personal assistant to novelist Russell Banks. Over the past fifteen years she has edited books at Duke University Press; has done freelance editing, primarily for books by the Dalai Lama; and oversaw production at the Sewanee Review for eleven years.


Please send your application packet to:
Kate Parrish
c/o Rivendell Writers’ Colony
P.O. Box 3334
Sewanee, TN 37375


Email to: Kate@Rivendellwriterscolony.org

Please include the following documents:
Application Form
Poetry Writing Sample (5 poems; if emailing, please combine into one document)
Bio (limited to your writing experience)
Statement of Need (only if you are applying for the scholarship; 250 words or less)


Statement of Need



sfa_logoSouthern Foodways Alliance 2nd Annual Food Writing Workshop
March 17-20, 2016

We are thrilled to once again host the Southern Foodways Alliance for its second annual nonfiction, food writing workshop led by John T. Edge and Sara Camp Milam.

Here are a few more details from our friends at SFA:

The Southern Foodways Alliance tells stories about American food culture. We commission great writing. And we foster emerging writers whose work explores food and foodways.

Inspired by the literary legacy in Sewanee, Rivendell provides a unique space and community for developing the craft of writing, as well as the time and place to take in the natural beauty of life atop the Cumberland Plateau.

SFA director John T. Edge (columnist, Oxford American and Garden & Gun; author or editor of a dozen books) and SFA managing editor Sara Camp Milam (former associate editor Oxford American; editor of the SFA’s James Beard Award–winning Gravy) will lead the workshop. They will discuss techniques of successful writing on food-related topics and work individually and collectively with attendees.

Attendees will be at work on a book or long-form feature at the time of thw workshop with the work tied to themes of food or foodways. Past attendees’ projects have included Georgia oyster farmers, German foodways in New Orleans, Puerto Rican cuisine by way of Georgia, and West Virginia foodways.


Learn more about SFA, John T. Edge, and Sara Camp Milam here.


porch-logoThe Porch Writers’ Collective Spring Weekend Writing Retreat at Rivendell

May 13-15, 2016

Register Here

If you’d like to experience Rivendell but can’t commit to a full residency, Nashville’s Porch Writers’ Collective is offering a spring weekend writing retreat May 13-15, just enough time to get a taste of the Rivendell writing life. Anyone can register; writers do not have to be living in Nashville.

Looking for more details? Visit The Porch Writers’ Collective for pricing, schedule, and FAQs.

Here are a few comments from some of our past Porch participants:

“So elegant, serene, hidden… what a gem.”

“Beyond what I could have imagined. Just wonderful!”

“The Porch Writers’ Retreat at Rivendell was an exceptional experience, bringing writers together in an intimate exchange of advice, craft and instruction, and fellowship. The setting (consisting of charming accommodations on an idyllic mountain bluff) and good food and wine only enhanced the weekend. But I’m mostly excited about the relationships forged with the lovely women I met (this retreat happened to be all women), and look forward to the benefits of my expanded network of writer friends.” (edit)