A Poetry Retreat for Women
The Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Chesterfield, NJ
November 13-15, 2019


The summer-flower has run to seed,
And yellow is the woodland bough;
And every leaf of bush and weed
Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now.

-John Clare, “Autumn”



This is a workshop for women poets who want to engage in an authentic conversation about their own work and the broader landscape of poetry. We are inviting you to be part of this community.

We are Dara-Lyn Shrager and Rachel Marie Patterson, professional poets. We are now in our 6th year of co-editing the independent literary journal we founded together, Radar Poetry. We also administer the Coniston Prize, an annual endowed poetry prize for women.

What & Where:

Radar Retreat will be a vibrant literary community. Guided by Dara-Lyn and Rachel, this will be an opportunity to unplug from the busy world, generate new work, and receive honest yet supportive feedback on poems in progress.

We aim to demystify the process of writing and publishing poetry. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of starting poems, knowing when they’re done, and sending out work for publication.

We will be staying in a unique estate situated in the heart of a 230-acre preserved working farm. In this community, we will support each other and engage with one another’s work patiently.

Accommodations include 7 bedrooms at the inn, each appointed with period antiques and rustic charm. There are fireplaces, a mahogany billiard table, a red brick terrace, and endless strolls through the gardens and farmland.

Tuition for the retreat will include accommodations, meals, workshops, and craft lectures led by Dara-Lyn and Rachel. This is an all-inclusive stay for 3 days and 2 nights. Enjoy stunning fall foliage in a peaceful and productive setting where poetry will reign supreme!

Learn more about the Inn at Fernbrook Farms


5:00PM, Wednesday, November 13 - 2:00PM, Friday, November 15


This all-inclusive tuition provides workshops and craft lectures; upscale accommodation; dinner and a welcome reception Wednesday evening (wine included); farm fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner Thursday; and brunch on Friday.

$1,250 (single occupancy bedroom) - 4 registrations available
$1,000 (double occupancy bedroom) - 4 registrations available

Day Rate:

A day rate is now available! We are saving 2 spots for local poets who want to join the retreat. This is for poets who wish to commute to the workshop daily and stay off-site. All workshops, events, and meals are included.

$750 Day Rate - 2 registrations available

How To Apply:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will close applications when the retreat is full. The retreat is for women only.

There are a limited number of room options. If you wish to have your choice of a single or double room, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. Room choices will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, please send 3-6 poems, published or unpublished, that represent your best work. There is no fee to apply.

Special Guest:


We are pleased to announce that Elee Kraljii Gardiner will be joining the Radar Retreat as our Guest Poet!

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is a poet and editor living in Vancouver, Canada. Her books include the poetry collections Trauma Head (2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2019) and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Her work, which has been nominated for national awards, has earned CV2’s Lina Chartrand Award for social justice and the 2015 Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor Award and been highlighted by the CBC and included on numerous “Best of” lists.


Email us: radarpoetry (at) gmail (dot) com.

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(Rolling Applications - Open - Day Rate Available)