Women & Writing

We encourage women to find their own voices, to write and to share their words with others. We offer:

  • weeklong writing retreats for women at the beach,
  • workshops, classes, and monthly writing groups in Durham, NC,
  • an annual essay contest, and
  • publishing guidance and assistance.

The writing program began in 2002 when Nancy Peeler Keppel provided seed money to start a program on creativity and spirituality focused on writing. Nancy died in December 2004, but her energy remains with us, helping us to ask questions, inspiring us to move along, and making us better than we thought we could be. Additional funding for the program has come in the form of contributions from participants and friends.

Writing Retreats

Our writing retreats for women at the beach have been an enormous success, providing unstructured time for small groups of women to gather and write.

Three times a year, we reserve a house at the beach and sponsor a week of silence and writing for a group of about nine women. These are not workshops but provide unstructured time for women to write in a supportive environment. Participants can talk with one another over meals and share their writing in the evenings. First priority is given to women who want to come for the whole time.

Trinity Center, near Morehead City, NC
RCWMS has reserved Pelican House, the retreat house on the beach at Trinity Center, for an unstructured week of writing for women. Come for all or part of this week.
Cost: about $750, includes room and meals
Sponsor/Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

Upcoming dates 
September 24-October 1, 2017
January 2-9, 2018
May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018 

See Calendar for more details.

Workshops, Classes, & Writing Groups

RCWMS offers workshops and classes on writing. Topics for these have included how to write more and better, memoir writing, writing from the heart, and writing over sixty. Watch our calendar for events.

We currently run a few groups for women who want to write and read to others, who are trying to publish their work, or who want to talk about the business of writing. If you are a woman writer looking for support, please be in touch with us.

Essay Contest

RCWMS sponsors an annual essay contest for women eighteen years of age and older. Essay topics have included women's lives, feminist perspectives on spirituality and daily life, grace, and women's experience of God. Prizes total $600 and the winning essay is published in our newsletter, South of the Garden. The next deadline is January 15, 2017. See guidelines.