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Spring Poetry Retreat

Idyllwild Spring Poetry Retreat: Reading, Writing, and Revising

March 11-14, 2018
Four-day retreat

[Registration Closed]

Creekstone Inn

Faculty: Victoria Chang

Sunday evening to Wednesday noon.

Some people believe that a poem comes from some magical place, the unconscious, the muse, the ether.  Other people believe that a poem comes from the writer’s intention.  Still other people fall somewhere in between.  Join us as we explore both the mysterious magical place where poetry might come from and learn about craft–the writer’s intention.  We will read a lot, learn a lot, learn about each other, and hopefully walk away as more magical and more intentional poets.  Each day will be devoted to looking closely at an important craft element by reading poems, as well as writing our own, and workshopping each others’ new poems.  Bring a notebook and/or laptop, your imagination, and an open mind, and hopefully you will leave with new poems, new inspiration, new friends, and ideas for future poems.

Skill level: Suitable for those reasonably familiar with a range of contemporary poets and who have had at least one serious writing workshop, one that involves conscientious feedback on student work.

Tuition: $675, includes five sessions, on-site breakfast (M, T, W), lunch (M, T), receptions, daily snacks, yoga session.

Enrollment limited to 12 participants


To Register, FIRST register online at Questions? 951-468-7265

Housing: All participants stay at the host inn site. Call to reserve your room (which will require a code you receive after registering online).
The Creekstone Inn, 951-659-3342 or 800-409-2127.

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. Her previous book of poems, The Boss, published by McSweeney’s in 2013, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and other places. She also published a picture book with Marla Frazee, the NYT Notable Book, Is Mommy? by Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017.  She works at Antioch University’s MFA Program as Teaching Faculty.  @VChangPoet or

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