January 6-8, 2023 – Layers and Lines: Designing New Goals for the New Year

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

From long-standing architecture to page-turning literature, great design is rooted in creating something new and uniquely suited to our personal abilities and desires. Without it, we can feel directionless, connecting dots that fail to contribute to the bigger picture. Learning how to effectively design our lives in a way that is intuitive, creative, and well-constructed can ultimately aid us in executing our visions and living out our purpose.

This January 6-8, 2023, join us at RWC for our 5th annual writing goals retreat. Together, we will examine the layers and lines of our creative lives and utilize the elements of design to develop goals that support our writing, from our innermost dreams to our greatest creations.


Cost: $450.00 per person (includes 2 nights in a private suite, 5 meals, snacks, 4 workshops, and plenty of private time for writing)

Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 (Check-in: 4:00-6:00 pm) to Sunday, January 8, 2023 (Check-out: 11:00 am)

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


The Schedule (tentative)

Friday, January 6, 2023:

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Check-in and settle in. You’ll be given a short tour and we’ll show you to your assigned room.

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Welcome and Overview of Retreat

7:15 p.m. – Writing Workshop

9:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Saturday, January 7, 2023:

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready.

8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop

9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Free Time for Writing

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Writing Workshop

8:30 p.m. – Reading / Share your Writing – Sharing is optional; however, we ask that you attend whether you read or not, in order to support other writers.

10:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Sunday, January 8, 2023:

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready.

8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop

9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing

11:00 a.m. – Checkout and Goodbye


Facilitators: Sandy Coomer

Sandy Coomer is a poet, artist, Ironman athlete, and social entrepreneur from Nashville, TN. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and she is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections, Available Light (Iris Press, 2019) and The Broken Places, (Saddle Road Press, 2021). Sandy co-hosts two monthly events, Black Dog Poetry Open Mic and Rockvale Poetry Book Club, both now enjoyed via Zoom with poets from across the country. She is a three-time poetry mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, the founding editor of the online journal Rockvale Review, and the founder and director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN. Her favorite word is “believe.”