Click on the Registration button on the left and return
the completed registration form by email. You will be contacted
shortly concerning the availability of your preferred
session. Once a spot for you is confirmed, you must
send a deposit check of $150 within a week; otherwise, your spot will be released.
Rising River is limited to ten participants.
The balance of your payment is due six weeks before
the scheduled arrival date of the retreat. This payment
is not refundable for any reason.
First and foremost, Rising River is a working retreat.
Therefore, you should bring whatever you need to do
your best work. Many retreaters bring laptops, source
materials, previous drafts, and favorite books. There is a printer available on-site which you are welcome to use, but some participants prefer to bring their own.
should also bring at least one writing project that
you plan to focus on at the retreat. Don't wait to arrive
at the retreat before choosing a project. Plan to arrive
with an idea, a rough outline, a first draft, or a revision
in hand so that you are ready to hit the ground running
on Thursday afternoon.
One-on-One Critique Sessions
Each participant is invited to meet with Jackie for a one-on-one critique of a work-in-progress. Jackie will critique one picture-book manuscript or up to 20 pages of a novel. Sign-up for one-on-one critiques takes place on Thursday of the retreat.
Group Critique Sessions
Many participants choose to have their work read at a group critique session. There is a printer available on-site for printing out copies of your work-in-progress to share with the group. Sign-up for group critiques takes place on Thursday of the retreat.
If you have any food allergies or special food requirements,
please indicate that fact on the registration form.
We are happy to make accommodations. However, if your allergies are severe (potentially life-threatening), please plan to provide your own food.
to Get to Rising River
Needham is easily accessible from points North (take I95 South to Exit 19B), points West (take the Massachusetts Turnpike to I95 South to Exit 19B), and points South (take I95 North to Exit 19B). Specific directions from Exit 19B to the house will be provided when you register.
The Amtrak Westwood—Route 128 station is just a 15-minute drive from the retreat house. This station services trains on the Northeast Corridor (Virginia to Montreal), with connections to the Midwest.
Logan International Airport (BOS) is twenty miles from the retreat house. It takes approximately 35 minutes to drive from the airport to the house if there is no traffic. TF Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island, is 52 miles from the retreat house. It takes about an hour to drive from the airport to the house without traffic. Both airports offer
car rental services.