• Register Now for May 20 Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University

    ST. LEO – Early registration for the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat closes May 12. The daylong retreat offers writers at all levels of development opportunities for renewal and coaching at the scenic Saint Leo University campus from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20.

    The retreat provides workshops with visiting authors and members of university’s creative writing faculty, along with an optional open-reading session and faculty reading. The schedule includes 13 hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, spoken word, and writing for veterans.

    The visiting instructors this year are: newspaper columnist Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times, poet Jesse Millner, journalist and nonfiction author Lyn Millner, and fiction writer Spencer Wise. They join Saint Leo creative writing faculty members Gianna Russo, Steve Kistulentz, Patrick Crerand, John David Harding, Marissa Glover McLargin, and Brooke King.

    Early registration for members of the general public is $85. Teachers, non-Saint Leo students, and senior citizens will be admitted for $65. Registration is only $25 for veterans and active-duty military, and Saint Leo students, faculty, and staff. A box lunch will also be available for purchase or participants may bring their own.

    The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574.

    After May 12, registrations will be accepted through May 19, but with an additional $15 fee.

    More information and registration instructions are available at http://www.saintleo.edu/academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences/the-sandhill-writers-retreat.aspx. All other questions should be addressed to Creative Writing Instructor and Sandhill Retreat Director Gianna Russo at gianna.russo@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8282.

    About Saint Leo University
    Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

    We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 15,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.