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Sandhill Writers Retreat May 15-16

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 10, 2020

Saint Leo University will hold its annual Sandhill Writers Retreat with events scheduled the evening of Friday, May 15, and all day on Saturday, May 16, at the Saint Leo campus at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, Florida.

The retreat is an affordably priced opportunity for writers of all levels to attend workshops, hear readings, and network with other writers. The campus in east Pasco County is a beautiful setting, just four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country to speak May 15

A highlight of the weekend will be a keynote talk by nationally recognized war memoirist and poet Brian Turner (My Life as a Foreign Country) at 7 p.m., Friday, May 15, in the Student Community Center. Turner served in the U.S. Army for seven years and was deployed to Bosnia and Iraq. His talk is free and open to all, whether or not those interested have registered and paid for admission to the program on Saturday, May 16.

Admission for the Saturday, May 16 program is on a sliding scale, priced from $35 to $95 (prices apply through May 12), with an optional box lunch available for a fee.

Optional Master Classes and One-on-One Manuscript Consultations available

Those attending may also apply to attend additional optional master classes to be held on Friday afternoon, or register for a one-on-one manuscript consultation during the retreat. There are added fees to take part in those options and requirements are explained on the registration website.

Sandhill Writer’s Retreat at St. Leo University May 15-16

Saturday’s lineup of instructors includes Turner as well as Saint Leo creative writing faculty and several guest authors. Retreat instructors are poet Anne Barngrover (Brazen Creature); Susan Cerulean (I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir, forthcoming); Patrick Crerand (The Paper Life They Lead); poet Yolanda J. Franklin (Blood Vinyls); Brooke N. King (War Flower: My Life After Iraq); Steven Kistulentz (Panorama); Bob Kunzinger (A Third Place: Notes in Nature); poet Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House); and Sterling Watson (Suitcase City). Saturday’s program runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available on the retreat website and from poet and retreat director Gianna Russo at [email protected]

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University also offers a low-residency Master of Arts program in creative writing that incorporates a track for veterans and military-affiliated students wishing to write about their experiences.

Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to more than 19,500 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 32 education centers in seven states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 95,000 alumni. Learn more at


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