Rockvale Writers’ Group

Rockvale Writers’ Group is comprised of three separate writing-related entities. Although all three entities share the name Rockvale, the same founder, and are linked via their websites, they operate separately. Think of them as three 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 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 30-35 poems by established, emerging, and beginner poets and pairs each poem with a piece of art or photography chosen by a featured artist. Beginning with Issue Four, Rockvale Review intends to add audio files to showcase music composed in response to selected poems.

Rockvale Press, forthcoming in 2019, is a small, independent press publishing poetry chapbooks which are chosen through contest entry. Two to four winners will have their chapbook introduced each year. Because we are a Tennessee-based press and want to honor our home state and the writers in it, at least one of the chapbooks chosen will be from a Tennessee poet.


Please make sure you choose the correct Submission / Application form! There may be more than one open at the same time. 

In response to requests for generative workshops that include feedback and critique, we’ve designed a brand new poetry weekend experience. In this retreat, poets will generate new work from prompts and exercises as well as receive group feedback on 2 previously written poems. We understand that hearing critique can be daunting and intimidating, but it’s a good way to become a better poet. We’ll discuss the “RWC Rules for Feedback” before the workshops so that every participant can know what to expect. Our goal is to be kind, caring, constructive, and communicative, and treat each poet (and poem!) with respect. 

Retreaters will upload 2 poems (each poem should be 50 lines or less) they consider still under revision – more than a first draft, but not yet ready to be submitted. The poems will be distributed to all poets the week before the retreat so that we can become familiar with the work and make notes for feedback. Poets of all levels are welcome.

Cost Breakdown:
$350.00 – Room, meals, workshops, and gifts: Includes a private bedroom/bathroom for 2 nights, 5 meals (wine at dinner), snacks, 2 yoga/meditation workshops, 2 writing workshops, 1 combined writing, yoga workshop, and special themed gifts.
$48.13 – Applicable Taxes
$398.13 – TOTAL

Past RWC Retreaters are eligible to receive a $40 discount. Please note which retreat(s) you've attended in your application.
We hope you'll join us for this new retreat. We're eager to welcome you!

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, is a methodology designed to access your creative muse.  If you’ve always wanted to try the Artist’s Way, struggled to finish the book, or need a refresher course, this retreat is for you. 

Join us February 7-9, 2020 for a special series of workshops led by author and educator Kristen Kindoll, as she introduces the major concepts of The Artist’s Way, drawn from the Recovering the Sense chapters of the book. Learn how to apply these themes to your writing life and nurture your inner writer.

Over the course of five workshops and periods of free writing time, you’ll Rest and uncover what is blocking you, Renew your creative spirit, Reveal your imagination, and wRite the words that express your dreams.

Cost Breakdown:
 $350.00 – Room, meals, workshops, and gifts: Includes a private bedroom/bathroom for 2 nights, 5 meals (wine at dinner), snacks, 2 yoga/meditation workshops, 2 writing workshops, 1 combined writing, yoga workshop, and special themed gifts.
 $48.13 – Applicable Taxes
 $398.13 – TOTAL

 Past RWC Retreaters are eligible to receive a $40 discount. Please note which retreat(s) you've attended in your application.
 We hope you'll join us for this new retreat. We're eager to welcome you!

We accept applications year round and only through Submittable. A $35.00 application fee applies to all first time applicants.

If you are a previously accepted writer and it has been 12 months or more from your first application, you may apply under the “Returning Residents” tab and pay the application fee of $25.00. If you return for residency at RWC within 12 months of a previous residency, no application or application fee is required, but you will need to email the director at sandy.rockvale@gmail.com to discuss dates. If you have questions about this policy, please email and we can discuss your specific situation in detail.

Please Note Updated Policy: If you are interested in a 1-3 day mini-residency, no application is necessary. Please email the director sandy.rockvale@gmail.com to discuss dates.