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Poetry Retreat

October 5-8, 2023
Norfolk Lodge & Suites

A retreat cleverly disguised as a conference (wink, wink!). Don’t worry, though, because you can make the weekend whatever you need it to be. And regardless of what you call it, it’s a great opportunity for poets across the region to come together in a safe, nurturing, educational environment.


Whether you’re interested in the classes or you simply want an escape from the everyday where you can be still and find some inspiration, the Nebraska Poetry Retreat has something for you. The benefits of attending are many, not only to you, the poet, but also to you, the person.

Your day will begin with activities to jumpstart your creativity and end with a night of entertainment. In between are workshops to educate and inspire with plenty of time to relax, rejuvenate, and, most importantly, to write. We hope you join us.

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Retreat Workshops 

Daily Entertainment

Blue Skies and Yellow Fields


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Attendees receive access to all events.


A free catered lunch is provided on Friday and Saturday.

Breakfast is provided through the hotel for those who have a reserved room. Dinner is on your own. Dinner breaks will be 1 ½-2 hours. 

Early Bird pricing of $175 is available through September 19th. On September 20th, admission goes up to $225.

A One Day Only option is available for $100. It includes access to all retreat events on one day only. It can be any day you choose, but please let us know which day you will attend so we can plan accordingly. If you attend on Friday or Saturday, you will receive a free catered lunch.

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds given for cancellations after 9/1/23. Cancellations on or before 8/31/23 will be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

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Norfolk Lodge and Suites

4200 W Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701 (402)379-3833

Reserve your room early to take advantage of the discounted rate of $145/night.

All events of the Nebraska Poetry Retreat are held at the Norfolk Lodge and Suites.

You are not required to book a room to attend any of the events. If you choose to book a room, be sure to use the link below to receive the discounted rate. Or you may call the Lodge and tell them you will be attending the Nebraska Poetry Retreat.

Hotel check-in begins at 4:00pm. Check out is at 11:00am on the day of departure. There are breaks in the Retreat schedule to allow time for checking in and out.

A free hot breakfast (6:00am-9:30am) is included with all room reservations. The Lodge has an indoor heated pool, spa, and exercise room. There is also an on-site restaurant, The Sandbar, that provides room service.

Meet the Presenters

We are thrilled to have a strong line-up of professionals teaching workshops and sharing their work at the Nebraska Poetry Retreat.

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A Retreat to Inspire

We have lined up events to inspire and to teach. You will begin the day awakening your creative hunger and feed it throughout the day. Daily workshops have a good mix of generative writing, learning new skills, and honing others. Each day will conclude with inspiring entertainment and fun.

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