Published on March 7th, 2016 | by University Communications


Fourth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat, Saturday, May 14

The Fourth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at University Campus. The full-day retreat will feature 12 hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, comics, and writing for veterans.

A faculty of nationally acclaimed authors includes Pulitzer Prize winner Lane DeGregory of Tampa Bay Times; novelist Rita Ciresi (Bring Back My Body to Me); poets Peter Schmitt (Renewing the Vows) and Erica Bernheim (The Mimic Sea); and comics writer Claire Stephens. These four renowned writers will be joined Saint Leo writing faculty members Dr. Patrick Crerand, Dr. Steve Kistulentz, Gianna Russo, and Iraq war veteran writer Brooke King to guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works.

The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, reception, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or order a box lunch for an additional charge.

A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis. There is an additional fee for the 15-minute consultation of up to 10 pages of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Teachers, students, military, and the general public are all invited to attend. To read more detailed information and register online, visit

For more information, contact Gianna Russo, retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or

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