Camp Writerhaven Announced

News from Middle Tennessee State University:

MTSU Write is proud to announce Camp Writerhaven, a new writers’ retreat for wordsmiths in all genres at Rockvale Writers’ Colony June 20-23 and July 14-20.  Camp Writerhaven provides writers time and space to grease their creative engines and produce the literary fruits of focused productivity during two sessions at the idyllic Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN, a serene historic campus tucked into the rolling hills of Tennessee. “We wanted to give writers a way to escape the distractions of life and help facilitate their writing process by providing the perfect environment, encouragement, and inspiration,” says MTSU Write director Jennifer Wachtel Kates. Both the shorter session one and week-long session two will provide a special time of community, focused energy, and quiet reflection.

Session 1 (June 20th-23rd)) will feature a Meet the Mentors Mixer where both Writerhaven campers and the general community can get to know the MTSU Write program mentors. Session 2 (July 14th-20th) will offer a full week of sanctuary for writers working on substantial projects. Both sessions will include craft colloquia taught by award-winning writers. These focused sessions will dive deep into specific elements of the craft of writing. “Writing can be very solitary,” says Kates. “A retreat like Camp Writerhaven carves out time to write while also bringing writers together to deepen their sense of community.” Participants will enjoy private rooms and bathrooms at Rockvale as well as the numerous comfortable and inspiring nooks, corners, and cozy spots throughout the property. Each day, participants will observe quiet hours for focused writing time, followed by writing oriented afternoon activities, communal dinners, and time to share work around the evening campfire.  “It’s like summer camp for grownups with a creative writing focus,” Kates adds.

Writers of all genres are welcome to apply for the limited number of spots at Camp Writerhaven.  For more information or to apply, visit or contact


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