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! 

For Submissions of Creative Nonfiction:

Send 1 piece of writing, double-spaced, no longer than 2500 words.

In the header of each page, please include the CNF title. Please include page numbers.

We consider CNF to include memoir, essay, and reported material written in a narrative style using storytelling techniques.

Please carefully check your work for misspellings, punctuation, language issues, etc.

Applicable to all genres:

We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or in the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.

Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font. We only accept .doc, .docx or PDF files.

We may ask for an edit in a piece of writing we really believe in.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We only accept work via Submittable.

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

We acquire first North American serial rights for work we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook, full collection, another journal, or anthology, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Submission Fee: We charge a $2.50 submission fee for all submissions.

For Submission of Short Fiction:

Send 1 piece of writing, double-spaced, with a word limit of 2500.

In the header of each page, please include the story title. Please include page numbers.

Story must be a complete work on its own and not an excerpt of a greater work. There must be a clear narrative arc that peaks with crisis/action. We are looking for stories that move us.

Please carefully check your work for misspellings, punctuation, language issues, etc.


Applicable to all genres:

We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or in the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.

Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font. We only accept .doc, .docx or PDF files.

We may ask for an edit in a piece of writing we really believe in.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We only accept work via Submittable.

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

We acquire first North American serial rights for work we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook, full collection, another journal, or anthology, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Submission Fee: We charge a $2.50 submission fee for all submissions.

For Submissions of Poetry:

Send 1-3 poems. 

Please don't send song lyrics or greeting card verse, poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory. 

It is unlikely that we will publish rhyming verse. 

It is unlikely that we will publish translations. 

While we will consider all types and forms of poetry, we lean toward image-driven work that is clearly grounded in craft. We pay attention to line breaks, enjambment, use of punctuation, musicality, rhythm of language, etc.

Applicable to all genres:

We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or in the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.

Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font. We only accept .doc, .docx or PDF files.

We may ask for an edit in a piece of writing we really believe in.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We only accept work via Submittable.

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

We acquire first North American serial rights for work we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook, full collection, another journal, or anthology, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Submission Fee: We charge a $2.50 submission fee for all submissions.

Have you ever wondered how your personality influences your writing life? Does your base temperament and disposition affect your habits and goals, even the act of writing itself? And what about the characters in your written work? Would a deep-hearted understanding of their needs and motivations help create fully-realized identities that enrich your stories?

One of the most powerful and popular systems for modeling personality is the Enneagram, which describes human character traits within the structure of nine interconnected types. The Enneagram offers a practice of self awareness and personal growth that seeks to reveal patterns and blind spots. A better understanding of our base personality and the way we react and respond to others (and how others respond to us!) can result in more flexibility, tolerance, and compassion. 

This retreat will delve into the nine personality types as described by the Enneagram, but we'll lean toward specific meaning for writers and other Creatives. We'll talk about becoming aware of actions and reactions, and how that cognizance can temper the negatives, support the positives, and result in a more concentrated approach to your writing. And then we'll go a step further and consider ways to use the Enneagram for character development, fleshing out the personalities of the people in your stories by creating realistic behaviors and desires. 

This weekend retreat is facilitated by Sue Mohr, a Master Certified Life, Business, and Enneagram Coach/Consultant and creator of The Inner Vizion Coaching (theinnervizion.com). Understanding personality can provide a new perspective for your writing and for you as a writer. Join us!

In W. S. Merwin’s “The Blind Seer of Albon,” he begins, “I always knew I came from another language.” Isn’t each poem, in fact, “another language,” previously undiscovered? A narrative poem, for instance, is one language—one shape, one conceptual strategy—while a poem that explores or defines an idea is an entirely different language, a different shape, a different strategy of development. Some poets—William Stafford, Yannis Ritsos, or Pablo Neruda—seem to have written almost daily, seldom running out of material for—or shapes to—their countless poems. What if writing a poem is as simple as being aware of multiple “shapes,” each a different kind of thinking, each a different strategy of development?

In this retreat, participants will explore—over the course of four separate sessions—14 conceptual strategies for generating and shaping poems. While all strategies will be introduced, particular focus will be given to four or five specific strategies. Participants will study and discuss sample poems and then write their own work.


Details:

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

Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 1 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022

Cost: $425.00 (tax included) Full payment is due by March 4, 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, and tools to explore and celebrate the potential waiting for us in 2021

Thoughts about Health and Safety: We implement careful procedures in alignment with the state of Tennessee and Williamson County mandates. RWC is large enough that we can spread out and safely hold this retreat. The number of retreaters is limited to 7. Please read our Covid policies and precautions for more information.

February.

Cold and damp. Bare and bound with icy wind. We wait for spring. And yet, February is a month of love. Valentine's Day comes mid-month and we're all heart-focused and light. We celebrate love! 

Here at Rockvale Writers' Colony, we love words. We love writers, of course, but we also love readers. Without readers, there is little reason to write. We're inviting readers to the colony for an all-inclusive weekend of coziness, warmth, and books. There are no workshops or responsibilities; only a time to snuggle up in one of our beautiful suites and treat yourself to the luxury of rest and reading. And if you want to write a little bit too, that's perfectly ok with us!

You bring the books you want to read. We've got everything else! 

Participants will stay in private bedroom/bathroom suites and will have access to common spaces such as the library, reading room, and writing porch. If they wish, participants can hike within the 65 acres of colony property, explore the winter gardens, and visit the horses in the south field. All meals and snacks are provided.

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

Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2022 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 6, 2022
Cost: $250.00 (tax included) You will receive an email after registration with instructions for how to pay.

Includes: 2 nights in a private bedroom/bathroom suite, access to RWC common areas, gardens, and hiking trails, 5 meals with wine at dinner, time and space for quiet peace renewal, and reading time. 


Thoughts about Health and Safety: Depending on the status of the pandemic, we will implement careful procedures in alignment with the state of Tennessee and Williamson County mandates. RWC is large enough that we can spread out and safely hold this retreat. The number of retreaters is limited to 8. Please read our Covid policies and precautions for more information.

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" https://rockvalewriterscolony.org/about/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 - $385 for Farmhouse Rooms and Cabin, $425.00 for Granary and Carriage House Rooms.
  • 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, Granary and Carriage House (additional fees apply for Granary and Carriage House rooms) 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. 

2021 residency fees are:

$385 for Farmhouse Rooms and Cabin - plus fees and taxes

$425 for Granary - plus fees and taxes


We look forward to welcoming you back to the colony!