Writing Retreat


August 28-September 1st


Have you ever wanted to begin the novel you’ve been contemplating for years? Do you have an important story to tell from your own life? Have you always wanted to write a story, a book, a poem, but never had the time? This retreat is for you!

Novelist Elizabeth L. Silver has teamed up with Ramah in the Rockies to offer a one-of-its kind writing retreat for adults at their beautiful alpine ranch in the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Spend five luminous days at Ramah in the Rockies, where you’ll learn how to begin your story in poetry or prose. This five-day program will consist of morning craft sessions, a mini-workshop, and afternoon consultations with the authors/instructors, along with excursions around the camp. Hiking, biking, camp-activities, mixed with intense literary exploration. A perfect way to end your summer and dive into the creative work you’ve always loved. Join Elizabeth and this year’s poet-in-residence, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, for a week of writing, unforgettable conversation, and inspiration.

Writing retreats/workshops are best when limited to a small number. Space is limited, so please submit and apply by June 1st, indicating prose or poetry.

For more information, please email: liz@elizabethlsilver.com.

To apply click here!

$1490, inclusive of room and board, meals, airport transport, and camp excursions

Founder & Director of  “Writing Retreat at Ramah in the Rockies”

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the forthcoming memoir, The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty (Penguin Press, 2017) and the novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown/Random House, 2013), which was an Amazon Best Book of the Year, the Amazon Best Debut of the Month, an O! Oprah Magazine’s Ten Debuts to Pick up Now, Target Emerging Author Selection, published in seven languages and optioned for film by ImageMovers Production Company (Robert Zemeckis).

A graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, the Creative Writing MA from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Elizabeth’s work has been published in McSweeney’s, The Dallas Morning News, The Rumpus, The MillionsThe Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Review, among others, and she has been a recipient of residencies from UCROSS Foundation, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and Byrdcliffe Artist Colony. She runs the literary salon, Pen Parentis West, serves as a mentor in the AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program, and has created and taught writing workshops for PEN Center USA and Circle of Misse in the Loire Valley, France. Elizabeth has also worked as an attorney in California and Texas and taught literature and creative writing at Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Once a camper at Ramah Ojai and a counselor at Ramah Nyack, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more information, please visit www.ElizabethLSilver.com.



Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s Comparative Literature & Literary Theory program where her research focuses on contemporary American poetry related to the Holocaust. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf and TENT Writers’ Conferences as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. She is three-time winner of the William Carlos Williams prize from the Academy of American Poets and she has also been awarded the Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation, Lilith Magazine’s Charlotte A. Newberger Poetry Prize for Jewish writing, and most recently, New South’s Poetry Prize. She is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine’s Uppercut Chapbook Award. Julia is also Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine.