The WordTheatre® Writers’ Workshop and Retreat takes place each summer in Edale, England. This year’s retreat will be from June 22nd to June 29th. This idyllic countryside – situated in the breathtaking Peak District, the British Isles’ first national park – is the second most visited walking destination in the world after Mt. Fuji.
Its beauty has inspired writers and poets including William Wordsworth and Lord Byron. This week long program includes a fascinating mix of workshop sessions, hosted meals and conversations with an inspiring array of guest speakers, and personal time for reflection and creativity.
We are thrilled to announce that Margaret McMullan will be leading our 2018 Writer’s Retreat.
Past workshops were led by Ron Carlson (2011), Dan Chaon (2012), David Means (2013), Andre Dubus III (2014), Richard Bausch (2015), Pamela Painter (2016, 2017).
Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, which is a collection of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist among others.
Margaret’s essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, USA Today, Glamour, The Millions, The Morning Consult, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Montréal Review, National Geographic for Kids, and Southern Accents. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Deep South Magazine, StorySouth, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, Boulevard, The Arkansas Review, Southern California Anthology, and The Sun among numerous other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, Margaret has served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program in New York where she also taught on the summer faculty. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return is due out in 2018.
“WordTheatre Workshop and Retreat is just that, a retreat into work, the kind we writers do, that descent into the dream world where characters live and claim us with their stories. I have never taught anywhere ever before where the physical conditions of the retreat were as encouraging of this descent as Edale, England and the deeply creative and loving people who welcome you there, who join you in this necessary fall into your imaginations, and whom you will also end up calling life-long friends. If I could live there, I would!” – Andre Dubus III
*If circumstances beyond your control cause you to have to cancel, we do have a 10% cancellation fee prior to March 1st and a 50% cancellation fee prior to May 1st. No refund given after that point, though your place in the program is transferable. Transfers must be handled with our US office.