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Retreats/ Workshops/ Resources
Located in Sitka, Alaska & On-line


Upcoming Workshop with Jen Pun! October 2023

Creative Writing Workshop in Tenakee Springs Alaska: Natural Repetitions and Embodied Writing with Ruth Underhill, June 2023

Creative Writing Workshops Online: Natural Repetitions and Embodied Writing  with Ruth Underhill, August 2023 

Owner Ruth Underhill spends 1 month in Tenakee Springs Alaska as guest and Writer-in-Residence, June 2023 

Tongass Mist Writing Retreat April 12-16th, 2023 on Sitka Fine Arts Campus with Visiting Writer Rita Banerjee.

Daily writing sessions with Rita and Ruth. KCAW public radio interviews with visiting writer and attending writer. Daily wilderness excursions including a private marine wildlife viewing cruise and polar plunge/ private sauna. Enjoy private lodging, transportation and all meals on campus. There will be three evening fireside readings. Rita and a dozen writers will gather twice daily for writing sessions. Grow your craft through three writing craft talks with Rita: Emotion & Suspense, Writing What You Fear, and Preparing for Publication. Each morning writers are invited to enjoy generative writing salons and prompts with Rita. The retreat is nestled in the heart of the Tongass National Forest on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus. See retreat description on website for full information. Click on link for schedule and other details or to register. Visit to learn more about our incredible visiting writer. 


Generative Writing Salon for Sitka Women to Explore Life in the Female Body Through Writing and the Wild.  January 22, 2022 10-2 pm. Cold Plunge and Sauna to Follow Generative Writing Salon in cozy oceanside home with warm beverages and refreshments. 


The Debrief. A Generative Writing Workshop for Birth Professionals. 

December 18, 2021. 10:00- Noon AST

Spend your morning at Sitka Fine Arts Camp and explore the practice of narrative medicine.

Ink Over Fire, An Hybrid Generative Writing Workshop On-line and Community Bonfire in November 13, 2021 3-5PM AST

Meander through writing prompts and spend the afternoon with Sitka writers. On-line zoom writing workshop  5-7p AST. Outdoor bonfire in Sitka, Alaska for local writers Noon- 2pm. 


Writing Cafe Crawl. A Morning of Writing Prompts and Community in Three Sitka Cafes. January 2020  This Saturday afternoon event includes a visit to three favorite Sitka Cafes for pastries, coffee and writing prompts. Walk from Sitka Public Library to Back Door Cafe, Fish Eye Cafe and Highliner Coffee Shop. Writing prompts promote thoughtful consideration of life in the Tongass National Forest in Sheetka Kwaan and on these waters. 


Inaugural Tongass Mist Writing Retreat  for Creative Writers November 21-24, 2019 on Sitka Fine Arts Campus with Visiting Writer Robert D. Vivian. 


Check out Tongass Mist Writing's original website at for retreat description. 

Robert Vivian was born in Denver, Colorado in 1967 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He teaches at Alma College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College Of Fine Arts. Dozens of his plays have been produced in New York City and elsewhere, and his poems, essays, and stories have appeared in many literary journals including Georgia Review, Harper’s, Ecotone, Creative Nonfiction, and others. He has published four novels—The Tall Grass Trilogy (The Mover Of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom), Water And Abandon, and two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. His third book of dervish essays is being published in 2020. His first two books of dervish essays are Mystery My Country and Immortal Soft-Spoken. He has taught in Turkey and been heavily influenced by the works of Rumi. In the summer he tries to fly fish in northern Michigan every day and when he can’t, he dreams about it anyway. Robert Vivian's next book of dervish essays, All I Feel Is Rivers, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2020.


Visiting Writer Robert Vivian's Sitka-Inspired Essay

This retreat includes daily generative writing workshops.excursions in the Tongass National Forest, nightly readings in Yaw Chapel on Sitka Fine Arts Campus, catered and local meals.

Stay tuned for more workshops, retreats and events. Reach out to Ruth Underhill for more information or to sign up for one of these events. 

Tongass Mist Writing Retreat April 13th - April 16th, 2023 with Visiting Writer Rita Banerjee
Tongass Mist Writing Retreat April 13th - April 16th, 2023 with Visiting Writer Rita Banerjee
Apr 12, 2023, 3:00 PM – Apr 16, 2023, 3:00 PM
Sitka Fine Arts Camp,
Sitka, AK 99835, USA
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