Online Writing Retreat

After 105 days of posts, MPC will be closing its Covid Confinement Writing Retreat on June 28, to coincide with confinement restrictions easing in California. We hope there will not be another confinement but stand ready to re-open this retreat if needed. The links to previous blog posts will remain here on the website for your use, for the foreseeable future.


Welcome to the MPC Online Covid Confinement Writing Retreat

Part 1:  Amanda Moore’s Social Distance Online Writing Retreat        March 16 – March 28

Part 2:  Meryl Natchez’ Social Distance Online Writing Retreat            March 30 – April 12

Part 3: Rebecca Foust’s Online Writing Retreat                                      April 13 – April 26

Part 4: Terry Lucas’s Online Writing Retreat                                           April 27 – May 3

Part 5: Judy Halebsky’s Online Writing Retreat                                       May 4 – May 10

Part 6: Kirsten Neff’s Online Writing Retreat                                          May 11 – May 17

Part 7: Rebecca Black’s Online Writing Retreat                                      May 18 –  May 24

Part 8: Prartho Sereno’s Online Writing Retreat                                    May 25 – June 7

Part 9: Albert Flynn DeSilver’s Online Writing Retreat                            June 8 – June 14

Part 10: Elizabeth Oxley’s Online Writing Retreat                                   June 15 – June 21

Part 11: Lisa Rosenberg’s Online Writing Retreat                                   June 22 – June 28

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Poetry is more relevant than ever in this time of social distancing, even as we have to move away from public readings and events to experience the reading and writing of poetry more privately. Inspired by Amanda Moore’s Social Distance Online Writing Retreat, and Meryl Natchez’ Social Distance Online Writing Retreat, (both of which we highly recommend), MPC has created its own Online Writing Retreat, during which local poets will take turns providing one or two weeks each of daily poetry inspiration–poems, craft essays, poetry prompts, submission ideas, and assorted recipes and musings. MPC hopes to bind our community virtually, and bring inspiration and comfort in these difficult times. We hope you’ll join or start discussions with fellow MPC members on the MPC Facebook page.


The current host of the MPC Online Writing Retreat is poet and recovering engineer Lisa Rosenberg, author of A Different Physics. Lisa served as the 2017/2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in the space program. Lisa is a MOSAIC Fellow with Sangam Arts, and has been awarded an upcoming Djerassi Residency for scientists and artists. Through writing, speaking, and consulting, she brings shared tools from arts and sciences to the urgent discourse on our modes of inquiry and enterprise. Recent poems appear in Ruminate and The Night Heron Barks. (Photo Credit: Two Irises)