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Tongass Mist Writing Retreat

a generative writing retreat in 
Southeast Alaska

Join us in Sitka, Alaska 

November 21-24 2019 at the Sitka Fine Arts Campus 

Visiting Writer Robert Vivian

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 Tongass Mist Writing Retreat 2019

An eagle flew in from just across the Indian River, right over my head. It dropped in from the left like a parachute and then soared low in front of me. They are show offs, mating, testing your trust as they beg for attention. Have you been this close to the belly of a bald eagle? It is black as deep ocean and smooth as Queen Victoria's satin. 

Also, the whip of a raven in flight as it percusses down, down, down on light evening breeze. 

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Tongass Mist Writing Retreat, 4 FREE Writing Sessions 11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24 and readings 11/21, 11/22

Located in Sitka, Alaska

Tongass Mist Writing Retreat is a space for writers to gather. Engage in daily generative writing sessions on the historic Sitka Fine Arts Campus and enjoy trails and parks along Sitka, Alaska's 14 miles of paved road.

FREE to Sitka Residents

Join us on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus for informal and inspiring generative writing sessions with visiting writer Robert Vivian. Writing sessions are located in the Yaw Arts Center at 2 pm daily Thursday November 21, Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23. An additional generative writing session with organizer and local writer Ruth Underhill will be held on Sunday November 23 at 10 am. Also, join us for READINGS in the Yaw Chapel at 7pm Thursday November 21 and Friday November 22. Hope to see you there! Please message Ruth Underhill to register and with any questions. (309)310-8572,, or find her on instagram at ruth_elizabeth_underhill

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Robert Vivian

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.


Ruth Underhill

Ruth Underhill is a recent alumni of Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont where she earned a masters in writing (creative nonfiction). She writes from her home in Sitka, Alaska and is thrilled to be organizing this writing retreat. Ruth works as a nurse and loves living where 14 miles of road feels expansive.


Location: Sitka Fine Arts Campus

Private or Shared Rooms Available.

Common lounge connected to dorm with couches, tables, fridge and microwave.

Shared bathrooms are on each hall.

Yoga Union and Hames Gym on campus offer affordable visitor rates.

Yaw Art Center and Chapel building are where retreat writing sessions and readings will be held.



See Schedule Tab Above For Complete Schedule Includes

  • group generative writing sessions daily with Robert Vivian

  • readings

  • excursions to Sitka's parks and trails

  • lodging on the historic Sitka Fine Arts Campus with easy access to downtown and the gorgeous National Historic "Totem" Park. 

  • Breakfasts and lunches are provided on campus or during excursions, and writers pay for their own supper. This may change as group size allows.


Sitka, Alaska


The Paris of Alaska


Paradise of the Pacific

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Tongass Forest

Sitka sits in the middle of the Tongass National Forest on Baranof Island.

A narrow 14 mile road runs through Sitka between Tongass temperate rainforest and the Pacific Ocean. Beyond that is Baranof Island's portion of  Tongass wilderness' 6 million acres. The Tongass forest is 17 million acres in total. 

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Price for 4 Day Tongass Mist Writing Retreat

Sitka Resident

Generative Writing Workshops  Only Rate- FREE to Sitka Residents

Can you attend part of the retreat?

We will decrease the listed cost.

Just ask! 

Lodging Options for Out of Town Visitors:

Single Room and all writing events, transportation to trails on schedule- $500.00

Shared Room and all writing events, transportation to trails on schedule- $350.00

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 I’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. - Ruth

 Sitka, AK 99835, USA

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