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 Fall Writers’ Retreat will take place November 9-11, 2018 and will be facilitated by writer Marie Manilla.

Featuring a Kentucky Reads Robert Penn Warren’s ALL THE KINGS MEN event on Saturday evening, which will offer a guided discussion of the novel provided by Kentucky Humanities Council. Registrants will receive free copies of the novel, as well as the reader guide. Early registration is therefore recommended so that attendees can arrive prepared.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, November 9
6:00pm Registration/Check-In May Stone
7:00pm Dinner May Stone-Dining Hall
8:00pm Orientation Stucky
Saturday, November 10
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, November 11
9:30am Readings Stucky
12:00pm Check-Out/Departure

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Bio

Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, Calyx, SouthWrit Large, and other journals. Her novel The Patron Saint of Ugly won the Weatherford Award. Shrapnel received the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Still Life with Plums: Short Stories was a finalist for both The Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. 



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.