Writers’ Retreat

Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreats are a fun and interesting experience offered a couple of times a year in the spring and late fall seasons on the Hindman Settlement School campus. The retreats are facilitated by various writers associated with Hindman Settlement School. While these relaxing retreats don’t serve as a structured writing workshop, most of the retreat time is set aside for writing in a peaceful environment away from the hustle of everyday life.

The 2018 Spring Writers’ Retreat will take place March 23-25, 2018 and will be facilitated by Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 23
6:00pm Registration/Check-In May Stone
7:00pm Dinner May Stone-Dining Hall
8:00pm Orientation Stucky
Saturday, March 24
10:00am Session I Stucky
12:00pm Lunch May Stone-Dining Hall
3:00pm Session II Stucky
6:00pm Dinner May Stone-Dining Hall
Sunday, March 25
9:30am Readings Stucky
12:00pm Check-Out/Departure

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Bio

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memoirist, teacher and arts administrator who has lived in Cincinnati since 1979.  She is author of five poetry collections, most recently Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015). Pauletta’s writing has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry and in journals including Atlanta Review, Talisman, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage and Still: The Journal. Pauletta has served as Writer in Residence at Thomas More College and is currently Writer in Residence at WordPlay Cincinnati and leads writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. She holds a BA in Human Services from Antioch University, a Master’s in Education from Xavier University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte NC. Pauletta is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, is a Core Member of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and serves as a Board Member for Dos Madres Press. She lives with her husband, Owen Cramer, in Paddock Hills.



The cost for a Writers’ Retreat is $165 for double occupancy or $195 for single occupancy, which includes two dinners, one lunch, and light refreshments throughout your stay.

About Campus

About Campus

In order to maximize their experience at the retreat, it is recommended that participants stay in campus housing.

The campus is hilly, and there will be some walking during the retreat. Please detail any mobility issues or concerns during the registration process and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Rooms are simple but comfortable. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are no telephones or TVs. A small, shared refrigerator is available.

All buildings are smoke-free.

Pets, firearms, and alcohol are prohibited on School property.

Our dining hall offers traditional and vegetarian meal options. Please indicate your dietary preference during the registration process.