2018 RETREAT: “Memory & Imagination”

3rd Annual “Memory and Imagination” Writing Retreat:  An exploration of memoir, fiction, and poetry 

Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program


View of the Susquehanna River from the mansion's outdoor seating.
photo courtesy of Monica Leigh, mmleighphotography.shutterfly.com

Unlock your creativity with a writing retreat in a 1930s Georgian-style mansion overlooking the Susquehanna River. Engage in writing workshops, mini-lectures, discussion groups, and readings Friday through Sunday as you explore the intersections of memory and imagination through memoir, fiction, and poetry. All this and you’ll still have time to write on your own and mingle with fellow writers. …The Donaldson Brown Center, the site for the retreat, is a 40,000-square-foot mansion with 15 bedrooms. It is equipped with modern meeting rooms, sumptuous writing and reading nooks with bountiful libraries and scenic outdoor seating.

Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program (Advanced Academic Studies), the retreat is open to writers at all stages of writing experience, no university affiliation required. 

To register, call Bada Hebron, registrar, 410-516-8516. Registration (course number 919.315.91) begins in July.

Enrollment is limited. Claim your space early for this weekend of intensive writing and pampering by retreat housekeepers and chefs.  Bedrooms are single-occupancy and assigned on a first-come basis. Early registration insures your place at the three-day retreat with an early registration discount: $575 includes two nights of lodging, five full meals, snacks, and all activities.

Note: If you have an interest in sharing one of the “ballroom-sized” bedrooms, please inquire when you register: To get the double-occupancy discount, double-occupancy needs to be arranged in advance.

2016 Participant Evaluations “Memory & Imagination” Writing Retreat

2017 Participant Evaluations  “Memory & Imagination” Writing Retreat

To register for the 2018 October 5, 6, 7 writing retreat, call Bada at Hopkins: 410-516-8516.

Weekend Writing Guides:

MARGARET OSBURN is the recipient of many awards for writing and editing. She is the writer/cinematographer of Once There Was a City, a documentary that aired on PBS. Her most recent short stories have appeared in Salamander, Existere, CALYX, and Raleigh Review. She teaches regularly for the Odyssey writing program.

MARY AZRAEL, MA, is the author of three books of poems and an opera libretto, Lost Childhood. Her poems have appeared in Harpers, Prairie Schooner, Chelsea, CALYX, and elsewhere. She is publisher and co-editor of Passager Books and Passager, a national literary journal featuring the work of older writers. She teaches regularly for the Odyssey writing program.

Thank you to the writers from past retreats who shared their photos with us!