SAINT LEO – The Fourth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat., May 14, at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, 33574. 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.
This modesty priced 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. The campus is beautiful and parking is free. To read more detailed information and register online, visit
For more information, contact Gianna Russo, retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or firstname.lastname@example.org