What’s in a name? Do you call yourself a Writer?

At Rockvale Writers’ Colony, we value writers.

If doesn’t matter if you are a poet, novelist, short story writer, memoirist, travel writer, food writer, songwriter, screenwriter, playwright, self-development writer, journalist, ghost writer, faith-based writer, sci-fi and fantasy writer, children’s book writer, YA book writer, or technical writer. If you write, we welcome your application.

Whether you are a beginner, unpublished writer or a New York Times bestselling writer, we welcome your application.

Our mission is to support, promote, and educate writers of all backgrounds who write in any genre. We are a non-profit organization, and offer a highly-subsidized and affordable rate of $350.00 a week. That’s only $50.00 a day! Currently, applications are accepted year-round and we aim to respond within 30 days, often much sooner. 

If you need a break from your usual routine, if you need an inspiring setting, if you long for peace and stillness, if you need to reconnect with yourself and your writing, you need Rockvale Writers’ Colony. 

We’re here. We’re waiting for you. 

Announcing RWC’s First Ever Poetry Mini-Retreat!

Thanks to an Incredible Response, This Event is Now FULL. Check back with us for more events like this in the future!

We’re so excited to announce Rockvale Writers’ Colony’s First Ever Mini-Retreat, Poetry of Calm & Comfort: Exploring Hygge Through Actions & Words. From Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 2, 2018, we invite you to take 24 hours for yourself during this busy holiday season and spend some time cozying up at the Colony in this unique poetry workshop experience.

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is the Danish art of garnering warmth, kinship, coziness, comfort, mindfulness, and relaxation. These are qualities we all strive for in our lives, especially when the cold breezes in and stress seems to be at an all-time high. During this weekend, we’ll read and celebrate poems that embody these values and provide a balm for our souls. Along with writing prompts and visual aids, this weekend will provide you with some much-needed peace and quiet, time to create, and time to share.

Our time spent together will be about simplicity, about ease of living and taking the time to be quiet and write. We hope that our schedule allows you to relax and enjoy your work, with ample opportunity for both solitude and community. The $100 fee includes a one-night stay in one of Rockvale’s private bedrooms, three meals and three workshop periods, along with plenty of time to get cozy and creative. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to register soon! Please see below for our itinerary, cost and payment details.

We encourage writers of all talents to join us for our very first poetry retreat, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been writing for years. This is a judgment-free zone meant to encourage and inspire.


Sat, Dec. 1:

11 AM – 12 PM: Arrival, Get Settled

12 PM: Lunch, Meet & Greet

1:30 PM: Introduction to Hygge Workshop

3:00 PM: Free Write/Cozy Time

6 – 7 PM: Dinner

7:15 PM: Workshop

9:00 PM: Cozy Time, Talk Time, Bed Time

Sun, Dec 2:

8:00 AM: Breakfast

9:15 AM: Workshop, Final Share

11 AM – 12 PM: Check Out


Cost: $100/person includes private bed/bathroom, three meals, poetry workshop and private work time

Payment: Paypal or Personal Check

To register, email Sandy at sandy.rockvale@gmail.com. 

Welcome to Rockvale – UPDATE: We’re Open!

Rockvale Writers’ Colony is nestled in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, about an hour south of Nashville. Housed in a former country inn and surrounded by 65 acres of leisure space and green pastures, it is the perfect escape for any writer looking to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and truly be immersed in their writing.

We love the community and hospitality of Tennessee, and each room reflects the area, from The Tennessee Room right down to The Giles Hill Room, the road on which the colony is located. Each room features a private bath, complete with bathtub and shower facilities, and all rooms share a large, fully outfitted country kitchen. We invite you to stroll through our ample gardens and nature paths, delight in the horse-filled pastures, and enjoy the classic front porch for some rocking and reflecting. You can sense the property’s history as you employ our research library and reading areas, which are comfortably located in what was the original 1850 farmhouse, cedar beams and all. Rockvale has all you need to feel right at home.

Here at the Colony, we believe in the power of words. We invite you to stay and hope that it makes all the difference in your life and your writing. It’s already changed ours.

We’re excited to announce that Rockvale is now OPEN for applications! So check out our Pictures, read a little about A Day in the Life – and Apply! It’s as easy as 1-2-3. And we can’t wait to see you walk through these old farmhouse doors!