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! 

As the year turns from the bright, crisp swirl of autumn into the spare, dark quiet of winter, we feel a pull within us to follow the call of the natural world, to go deeper, to turn inward. This is the perfect time to explore the benefits of journaling. "Turning In . . . A Journaling Retreat" will offer connectives for developing or strengthening a journaling practice alongside the seasonal lessons of honoring the darkness and the cold. We’ll “turn in” to our words and to ourselves, burrowing into that which offers warmth, sanctuary, and rest. From the gratitude journal to the art journal, from the idea journal to the letter journal, to morning pages and midnight dreams, we’ll explore an array of journaling modalities, each prompting you to explore the vitally important wanderings of your heart. This retreat will serve as a reminder that a journaling practice, be it simple or extravagant, is a radical act of creative self-love.

When practiced as a daily ritual, journaling has been proven to reduce stress, enhance a positive mindset, keep the memory sharp, and open up the mind to new ideas while clearing out all the old stuff that might be getting in the way. It's the perfect tool for writers who are already working on a project or find themselves ready to start something new. 


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


Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 5 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021


Cost: $415.00 (tax included) Full payment is due by October 5th, 2021
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: 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 7. Please read our Covid policies and precautions for more information.

Embrace the beauty of the autumnal season with a Nature Writing weekend retreat at Rockvale Writers' Colony, November 12-14, 2021. 

Nature writing is often defined as environmental literature, or as the literature of place, or as landscape writing. The borders of the genre, though, are porous; after all, most writers write about nature in one way or another—some lovingly, some strategically, some politically, some lyrically. 

At this retreat, participants will hone their definitions and perceptions of nature writing. Participants will also have the opportunity to spend time outside, engage with natural landscapes, learn mindfulness practices to deepen their sensory and intuitive experiences of the natural world and practice writing about nature in inventive ways.  These practices will be designed for people who feel a desire to write directly about the land in a variety of genres, as well as for people who want to learn to develop richer, more realistic, and more meaningful settings for their creative work.

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

Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 12 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 14, 2021


Cost: $415.00 (tax included) Full payment is due by October 5th, 2021
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 plenty of personal writing 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 7. Please read our Covid policies and precautions for more information.

We're repeating the Peace Retreat from last February! 

Before the hustle of the holidays, before the crush of cold weather, we offer this retreat of quiet respite. If you're feeling the need for a little downtime before December's upbeat celebrations, it's time to find peace at Rockvale. 


This retreat is for writers, readers, dreamers (hey! that's you!) who seek a weekend of stillness, solitude, and reflection. This is not a retreat of "doing." It's a retreat of "being." There are no workshops, no readings, no schedules (other than for meals and meditation opportunities.) There are no expectations for participation in anything other than your own renewal. Retreaters may choose to write, journal, draw, color, read, knit, meditate, nap, think, or pray. The key is to bask in stillness, to let the quiet soak into your skin and into your heart.


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 at the barn. 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, November 19 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 and renewal, opportunities for meditation.

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
  • 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. 

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!