2018 Weeklong Writer Workshop Schedule

Having the time and opportunity to write is something authors treasure. The Nimrod Arts Program for Writers, located at Nimrod Hall in beautiful Bath County, Virginia, is adapted from the colony format for peace, serenity, and respect for writers, writing time, as well as the writing process.

Two weeks are devoted to writers. Week One offers options. The first is a spot in a workshop with a professional writer, whose specialty is either poetry or fiction or non-fiction. The session includes feedback from other authors (novice and experienced), a private conference with the writer-in-residence, and plenty of time to write and relax. OR writers and visual artists may select an open spot to write and/or paint privately and enjoy conversation at meals with other writers as well as optional readings in the evenings. 

Week 2, with author Charlotte Morgan, designs itself after writers arrive and the group determines what each wants/needs during this precious time apart. The week is as individual as the participants.

In both weeks, each writer will have a private room with a shared bath.  Additionally, there are 9 private writing studios available for rent. Writers are encouraged to read one another’s works and critique during the workshops, but mostly to work on their own projects. Uncertain how to provide helpful feedback? Not to worry, the workshop leaders provide structure as well as useful critique guidelines. The atmosphere is encouraging, open, and constructive.

“Nimrod is the best writing retreat you’ve probably never heard of — a hidden gem nestled in the blue ridge mountains. It’s a great opportunity to get structured writing time and smart feedback on your work while meeting talented fellow writers (many of whom have become good friends). Plus there’s delicious southern cooking, gorgeous art work hung everywhere and the option to float on a tube down the river after lunch daily. It’s my writer sleepaway camp and I look forward to returning every summer.
— Ruth Gallogly, Brooklyn, NY

More information about the writing workshops will be sent to you when you register for the program. Writers who have attended come back often, but new voices are always welcome and add to the stimulating experience. For descriptions of the writers/leaders, please go to the Workshop Information Tab, the Writers Workshop pulldown.

As registration is limited, please commit early if you wish to attend.

Questions about the writing opportunities? Contact Charlotte Morgan


I live in Los Angeles in a tiny apartment far from rolling green fields, fresh air, and fried chicken. The first year at Nimrod I arrived with a lot of trepidation. Was it worth trekking 3000 miles to stay in an un-air conditioned house with a bunch of strangers? Would I get any writing done? Would the food be good? I left one week later a changed woman. I’d gone tubing for the first time, eaten the best pecan pie of my life, and written two new chapters of my novel. I left renewed from the amazing dinner-time conversations and moonlight swims. I left promising I’d be back, that the cross-country flights were more than worth it. Nimrod is my annual gift to myself, an escape from my claustrophobic city life, a place where I go for inspiration and a reminder to slow down and look up at the stars.
— Jennifer DIckinson, Los Angeles, CA
 Porches at Nimrod Hall are perfect places to create.

Porches at Nimrod Hall are perfect places to create.

 Bedrooms at Nimrod Hall are a blend of modern vintage with a focus on comfort and nostagia

Bedrooms at Nimrod Hall are a blend of modern vintage with a focus on comfort and nostagia

 It will be hot but the pond, spring fed, steady at a brisk 58 degrees, making a cool off is easy to come by.

It will be hot but the pond, spring fed, steady at a brisk 58 degrees, making a cool off is easy to come by.

Sunday, July 22 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 Cathryn Hankla

Cathryn Hankla's fourteen books include Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home, a memoir in essays, Galaxies: poems, Great Bear: poems, Fortune Teller Miracle Fish: stories, Last Exposures: a sequence of poems, and Texas School Book Depository: prose poems.  She is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Hollins University. Director of the MFA and undergraduate writing programs from 2008-2012, chair and former chair of the English department, she also served as the inaugural director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing and is a past holder of the Jackson professorship. She has been teaching in the Nimrod writing workshops since 1993! Hankla's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction appear regularly in literary journals and anthologies; she has presented her work at colleges and universities, conferences, bookstores, bookclubs, and libraries across the US and abroad in the U.K, Czech Republic, France, southern Spain and Malta. Her work has been honored by a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry, and a New York Book Festival award, among others. She serves as Poetry Editor for The Hollins Critic and is also an award-winning visual artist.

Limit: 7 participants.

 Cathryn Hankla

Cathryn Hankla


Sunday, July 22- Saturday, July 28, 2018 Charlotte Morgan

Our fearless writing leader, Charlotte has the kind of laugh that rings through Nimrod Hall and makes us all smile in return. Her absolute positive approach to life and her fearless attitude toward writing has propelled many people into their own successful careers. An established author, she is the last person to ever make you feel anything but special and it is a gift to be around her. For twenty-five summers she has served as writer-in-residence at Nimrod Hall Summer Artists Workshop and is the Director of the writer weeks.

Charlotte G. Morgan is the author of One August Day, nominated by the Library of Virginia for the Virginia Literary Prize in Fiction.  Her short fiction has won numerous prizes with “What I Eat,” published in the prestigious Pushcart Prize Collection. Her most recent novel, Protecting Elvis, is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and her newest novel, The Family will be forthcoming in 2018 with her poetry and fiction appearing in literary journals, most recently in Artemis, Appalachian Heritage, and Persimmon Tree. She was awarded a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied with Paula Marshall, Lee Smith, and Tom DeHaven. She spent a year as Visiting Writer at Hollins University in 2007-8. Previously she was editor of the journal Lumina and taught creative writing at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

*9 private writing studio’s with wifi, desk. table, fan and light are available for an extra fee of $120 for the week. They will be rented on a first come basis and will need to be rented when you register.

Many of her former students have published novels, memoir, poetry, and essay.

 For more information go to Charlottemorganwriter.wordpress.com.

Or contact Morgan at charlotte.morgan.author@gmail.com  Limit: 7 participants.





Charlotte Morgan

  Studio 5

 Studio 5