7 Reasons to Sign Up For the Winter Writers’ Retreat at the Oxbow Hotel!


John Paluta

The Winter Writers’ Retreat isn’t far off and it is the best option for you to improve your craft! Here are seven reasons why you should sign up:

1.     The Attendees!
Writers-in-residence Melissa Range (her book, Scriptorium, was the 2015 winner of the National Poetry Series), Nick Gulig (Eau Claire native and winner of the 2017 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest), Max Garland (Emeritus professor, former state poet laureate and the 2017 Brittingham Prize winner) and Austin Segrest will all be at the retreat! These four are all accomplished writers who represent a wide range of skills, from poetry to prose. You won’t get a better opportunity to learn what these four can do for your writing!

2.     Discount!
If you sign up before December 25th, you’ll get a hefty discount! Spots are limited, so saving cash as well as securing your spot now are excellent reasons to sign up.


3.     Improve Your Craft!
The time spent with these writers will be dedicated not only to learning, but to writing and revising your work! Workshopping will further improve your pieces as you build connections with not only the writers, but the other attendees of the residency.

4.     Community!
If you’re looking for somewhere to not only hone your writing, but also develop a community to share your writing with, then the Winter Writers’ Retreat at the Oxbow is the right place for you. Guild Director BJ Hollars remarks, “When I think back on last winter's retreat, what I remember most is the celebration following our Saturday night reading. People left the retreat proud of their work and excited to continue their writing. We hope to repeat that.”

5.     Relaxation!
Spend time escaping from the “real” world and enjoy the company of your fellow writers. Write, read, revise, grab a drink, eat some great grub, and spin a record on the turntable in your private room.  Not to mention, the Oxbow's not a bad place to avoid that winter chill.


6.     Anyone Can Come!
Whether your write poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, this is for you. The retreat is not meant for one particular discipline, but rather to encompass them all and assist you with whichever is yours!

7.     Fun!
And most importantly, it’s going to be fun. This weekend will not be one you’re likely to forget any time soon.  Join us for an inclusive atmosphere among friends.  Enjoy the perks, while also getting to work!  


So what are you waiting for? The Winter Writers’ Retreat takes place January 27- 28 at the Oxbow Hotel. The sign up process begins on December 1st, so save the date and get ready to write!  Click here for more!