Cozy Up with Your Craft

Tired of the winter doldrums? Then Burn through the chill with this creative weekend spent among FELLOW writers!

Scroll down to learn more about our instructors and to see complete scheduling details—and sign up starting December 1!

COST: $220 Flats / $245 Main House

Cost includes one-night lodging, breakfast, lunch, fruit, cookies, muffins, coffee, drink ticket, live jazz, and personal and group instruction. Room upgrades available; ask, too, about special writers' rate for Friday night lodging as well.

Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018

Residency Dates: January 27-28

Space is limited!  Reserve your spot starting december 1!


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Melissa Range

Melissa Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2016), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). Recent poems have been published in 32 Poems, Blackbird, Image, and Poetry.  Range is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Originally from East Tennessee, she teaches creative writing and American literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.


Max Garland

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Max Garland is the  author of The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize, Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition, and The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and fellowships in poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Born and raised in western Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and current Writer-in Residence for the city of Eau Claire.

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Nicholas Gulig

Nicholas Gulig is Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. Educated at the University of Montana, the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and the University of Denver, he currently lives in Fort Atkinson and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A 2011 Fulbright Fellow, he is also the author of North of Order (YesYes Books) and Book of Lake (Cutbank). His third collection, ORIENT, recently won the 2017 Open Book Poetry Competition through the University of Cleveland State Poetry Center and is slated for release in March.  


Austin Segrest

Originally from Alabama, Austin Segrest teaches in the English Department at Lawrence University. He got his PhD from Missouri, where he was poetry editor of The Missouri Review. His poems appear in The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, Ecotone, New England Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Shenandoah, Blackbird, Guernica, and he was recently Image Journal's Artist of the Month.



B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, will be published. Hollars serves as a mentor for Creative Nonfictionand the  founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

Daily Schedule



9:00                     Arrive in Gallery Lounge, welcome/meet-n-greet/pastries with B.J. Hollars

9:15-10:30        Max Garland presents, “Spirit and Letter”

                               This talk will offer a practical discussion of how writers (poets, prose writers, song                                writers) imagine their way from fact to feeling, from memory to meaning, from what                                actually happened to what really matters.

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:00     Melissa Range presents “Taking Leaps”

                              This intensive writing session will offer writers of all genres some playful exercises                                 in order to stimulate our imaginations to take various kinds of leaps—of sense, of                                   sound, of imagery—to propel us to surprising places in our writing. 

12:00-12:45     Lunch and Fellowship

12:45-2:00       Nick Gulig presents, “Negative Capability: Ghost Poetics and the Promise of   the                                    Impersonal”

                              This talk will focus on John Keat’s notion of negative capability as an aesthetics of                                  both possessing and possession, a paradox which complicates expression while                                        favoring haunted, self-less moments in a variety of genres.”

2:15-3:15         Free Writing 

3:15-3:30          Break / snack / room check-in

3:30-5:00          Workshop facilitated by Melissa Range, Austin Segrest, Nick Gulig, Max Garland

5:00-6:30          Dinner on your own

6:30-7:30          Revising Time             

7:30-9:00         Participants' Public Reading in Gallery

9:00--                 Jazz and Fellowship in The Lakely

SUNDAY, Jan. 28

9:00-10:00       Group Breakfast

10:00-11:00    A Reading with Melissa Range, Austin Segrest, Nick Gulig, and Max Garland

11:00                   Check-out / Farewell