Rockvale Writers’ Group

Rockvale Writers’ Group is comprised of two separate writing-related entities. Although these entities share the name Rockvale, the same founder, and are linked via their websites, they operate separately. Think of them as sisters within the same family – glad to be related, but with unique personalities and distinct purposes.

Rockvale Writers’ Colony, located in College Grove, TN, is a writers’ residency and retreat center tucked in the beautiful rolling hills just south of Nashville.

Rockvale Review is an online poetry journal that publishes two issues a year. The journal presents poetry by established, emerging, and beginner poets and pairs each poem with a piece of art or photography chosen by a featured artist. A featured musician/composer responds to 3-5 accepted poems in each issue with an original piece of music. Poetry, visual art, and music live side by side in Rockvale. 

Please make sure you choose the correct Submission / Application form! 

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

From long-standing architecture to page-turning literature, great design is rooted in creating something new and uniquely suited to our personal abilities and desires. Without it, we can feel directionless, connecting dots that fail to contribute to the bigger picture. Learning how to effectively design our lives in a way that is intuitive, creative, and well-constructed can ultimately aid us in executing our visions and living out our purpose.

Join us on January 6-8, 2023 for our 5th annual writing goals retreat. Together, we will examine the layers and lines of our creative lives and utilize the elements of design to develop goals that support our writing, from our innermost dreams to our greatest creations.

Place: Rockvale Writers' Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN
Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 6 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, January 8, 2023
Cost: $450.00 (tax included) $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Balance is due by December 9, 2022.
Includes: 2 nights in a private bedroom/bathroom suite, access to RWC common areas, gardens, and hiking trails, 5 meals with wine at dinner, 4 workshops, community with other writers.

Flash has gone by many monikers throughout history, beginning with "palm of hand" stories to the rather dated nickname of "smokelongs." What hasn't changed, however, is the desire of flash writers to tell the truth of themselves or their characters in new and innovative ways. From Six-Word-Stories to Twitterature, Microfiction to Drabble, this retreat is designed to expose you to a wide variety of flash styles and techniques to provide you with the skills and confidence necessary to critically analyze, thoughtfully develop, and successfully complete your own pieces of flash fiction and nonfiction.

This course will utilize a four-part approach: 

1) Reading a variety of flash fiction and nonfiction (flash, micro, twitterature, six-word-stories, etc.) in order to identify specific genres, techniques, literary devices, use of language, etc., 

2) Develop and create our own pieces of flash utilizing the techniques identified in classic and contemporary texts, 

3) thoroughly and thoughtfully workshop one another's work in an effort to support and inspire each other as writers, culminating in an online literary journal of our collective work and 

4) begin the exciting task of submitting our flash to a variety of outlets and conduct a reading of our flash in literary salon fashion!


Cost: $450.00 per person (includes 2 nights in a private suite, 5 meals, snacks, 5 workshops, and plenty of private time for writing)

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 (Check-in: 4:00-6:00 pm) to Sunday, March 5, 2023 (Check-out: 11:00 am)

Place: Rockvale Writers’ Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN


Please note the following due dates and refund policy:

· $100.00 non-refundable deposit due now.

· $350.00 balance due one month before retreat start date (February 3, 2023)

· If cancellation by retreater occurs 2 weeks to 1 month before retreat (February 3 to February 16, 2023)– refund is 50% of the balance owed.

· If cancellation by retreater occurs less than 2 weeks before retreat (February 17 to March 3, 2023) – no refund

· If RWC cancels the retreat for any reason, full refunds will be provided to all retreaters.

First Time Applicants:

We accept applications year-round and only through Submittable. A non-refundable $30.00 application fee applies to all first-time applicants who are applying for a residency. We highly suggest you take the time to familiarize yourself with the purpose of RWC by reading our website, especially "What is a Writers' Colony"

Rockvale Writers' Colony does not offer scholarships at this time; however, our weekly rates are highly subsidized. Food and travel are the responsibility of the writer. The following fees apply to all accepted applicants:

  • Weekly Residency Fee - $425 for Farmhouse Rooms and Cabin, $475.00 for Granary.
  • Cleaning Fee - $30
  • Sales Tax of 9.75% and Occupancy Tax of 4%

PLEASE NOTE: Filling out the application completely and in detail is extremely important. Make sure you read the notes beside each question as these can guide you in providing answers. Do not rush through the application. Acceptance as a writer-in-residence at RWC is not guaranteed. Applications that contain insufficient answers or lack care and attention to detail will be declined. 

Also Note: Farmhouse rooms are assigned by the director the week before residency begins. Most of our writers will stay in the Farmhouse and we do not accept room requests for this building. Writers may request to stay in the Cabin and Granary (additional fees apply for Granary) and when possible, we'll do our best to fulfill these requests. 

If you've already applied and been accepted, this form is for you! Do not use this form if this is your first time applying to Rockvale Writers' Colony. 

In order to simplify the residency date request process, we're asking returning writers to communicate with us through Submittable. There is no fee to request a new residency for returning or previously accepted writers. 

2023 residency fees are:

$425 for Farmhouse Rooms and Cabin - plus fees and taxes

$475 for Granary and Carriage House Rooms- plus fees and taxes

We look forward to welcoming you back to the colony!

Rockvale Writers Group