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Leaf and Pen Writing Retreat for Educators

Date: Friday - January 12, 2018
Location: Carey Conference Center

Rensselaerville, NY
Friday, January 12 - Monday January 15, 2018
Leader: Eve Becker

A Writing Retreat for Teacher-Writers

Friday, January 12 - Monday January 15, 2017

You nurture your student writers. Let us nurture you.

Are you currently working on a story, essay, novel or memoir? Do you have an idea, but need time, space and inspiration to get started? Want to write, but you’re not sure what to write about? Looking to join a cohort of other teacher-writers to share work?

Join us for four days of serenity and writing at The Carey Institute for Global Good, overlooking Lake Myosotis in beautiful Rensselaerville, NY. This retreat offers unstructured, peaceful time to write, surrounded by nature and away from everyday stresses and demands. Daily workshopping sessions afford the opportunity to receive productive feedback on your work. An idea lab and writing craft materials are available, and you may choose to share work aloud at our evening readings. We will also examine how our retreat work can inform our classroom practice.

Each writer will have a private room and writing space, three delicious meals a day and snacks, and use of common areas for writing activities, sharing work and socializing. Nearby trails offer stream and waterfall vistas, and opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

For more information, please visit Leaf and Pen’s Website at, or email

No pen, no ink, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.

–James Joyce




Arrival, get settled, welcome snack


Introductions/brainstorming activity


Formation of workshopping groups and workshopping guidelines (for those choosing to workshop)


Unstructured writing time, writer’s bio and/or idea lab


Dinner (bar opens half hour before dinner)




Draft to Draught at the Helderberg Brewery at Carey  (optional)

Saturday and Sunday




Unstructured writing time or idea lab

Snack will be offered at 11




Unstructured writing time or idea lab


Workshopping (for those who have chosen to workshop)

Snack will be offered at 3:45


Dinner (bar opens half hour before dinner)







Workshopping (for those who have chosen to workshop)


Unstructured writing time

Snack will be offered at 11




Roundtable discussion or ‘unconference’ smaller discusions: Teachers as writers: What are the take-aways that we can apply to our teaching practice? Writing practice?


Until next time

After the retreat

Participants will be able to share and workshop final drafts of their pieces digitally.


  • The Conference Center is about 3.5 hours by car from New York City. Click here for directions
  • By train, take Amtrak to Albany/Rensselaerville. Plan to arrive at the Albany station by around 12:30 pm on the first day, departing after 4:00 pm on the closing day.
  • To arrange for transportation from the station to the Conference Center (about 1 hour) , call 1-518-797-5100 at least 5 days before your arrival. Cabs are not available at the station, so you must make these arrangements in advance. CLICK HERE to download  the Rensselaerville Travel Needs form, which must be submitted by email no later than Monday January 7, 2017.  Instructions are on the form.

More information will be sent directly to registrants. Should you have questions, contact Barbara Swanson.(615-300-6457)

Eve Becker teaches middle school English at The School at Columbia University, and leads workshops for educators on writing and the teaching of writing. Eve was awarded the nationally acclaimed Pushcart Prize for her essay “Final Concert” (Pushcart Prize 2012) and is the author of over thirty published young adult novels. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a freelance writer and editor. She was Editor in Chief of Her Online, and Editorial Director of

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Fee includes room and all meals, plus the retreat.

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS Members -  $1120.00 Register Here
  • Non-members -  $1250.00 - Register Here

Early Discount of $30.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event
A late registration fee of $40 will be added 1 week before the event. 

Contact if you have questions about registration or fees.

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