Scribente Maternum Writing Retreats

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Retreats specially curated for writers who identify as mothers

Scribente Maternum was formed out of a desire to find balance between our children as writing inspiration and their perpetual presence as writing distraction. Join us for our next chance to write together as a community:

Write Like a Mother Retreat

October 20-23, 2022

Baltimore, Maryland 

Presented in proud partnership with:

Registration is open! This retreat has limited space, so register soon.

But don't let cost be a barrier!

The Clifton House is sponsoring FIVE retreat spaces for Black writer-mothers from Maryland. Apply here.

Maryland residents: Request a professional development grant from MSAC to cover the cost of your retreat investment.

Or apply for full or partial funding through our You Deserve to Be Here fund, no matter where you live.

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This retreat includes

  • Time and space to write

  • Curated craft and sessions with acclaimed writers and teachers

  • Supportive feedback (and space to share more than just writing)

  • Visual journaling and intention-setting

  • Mindfulness practices and intentional movement

  • The unique and brave Scribente Maternum writer-moms community

  • Fiction and nonfiction tracks, plus options for poets, journalists, children's writers...every writer

  • Opportunities to explore and support the city of Baltimore

  • An awesome FREE book bundle, curated by The Ivy bookshop!

Additional amenities

  • Welcome reception on Thursday evening

  • Breakfast each morning from local restaurants

  • Lunch each day from local restaurants

  • Celebratory dinner at local Busboys & Poets restaurant

  • Even more curated tools and gifts, perfect for every writer-mom


  • Standard: $497

  • 3 Installments: $197 / $162 / $162


Retreat Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, October 20, 4-7pm

Baltimore Spirits Company

Opening social hour and welcome with light hors d'oeuvres (included) from local Baltimore restaurant

Friday, October 21, 8am-5pm

Clifton House

8:30-9:00 - Continental breakfast from local Baltimore restaurant (included) and welcome

9:00-9:45 - Centering activity with Ana Rodney

9:45-10:45 - Time with small writing groups

11:00-noon - Visual journaling workshop and intention-setting with Amanda Burnham

Noon-1:00 - Lunch from Blacksauce Kitchen (included) and solo or group writing time

1:00-2:00 - Craft writing seminar with Tyrese Coleman

2:00-5:30 - Small group and independent writing time with pockets of time for rest, walks, and re-centering, plus personalized discussion and reiki with therapist Emily Souder

5:30-7:00 - Free time

7:00 - Group dinner at Barcocina (optional)

Saturday, October 22, 8am-5pm

Clifton House

8:30-9:00 - Continental breakfast from local Baltimore restaurant (included) and welcome

9:00-9:45 - Centering activity with Jaree Cottman

9:45-10:45 - Time with small writing groups

11:00-noon - Private craft workshops with CityLit Studio visiting writers

Noon-1:00 - Lunch (included) and solo or group writing time

1:00-3:30 - CityLit Studio "Craft, Creativity & Community" readings and Q&A

3:30-4:00 - Reception with CityLit Studio writers

4:00-5:00 - Closing time with small groups

5:00-5:30 - Closing ritual with Maria Broom

7:00 - Group dinner at Busboys and Poets (included) with optional space to share readings

Sunday, October 23, 10am

Golden West Cafe

Farewell brunch (optional)

Masks are always welcome at every Scribente Maternum event.

The full course of Covid vaccines is strongly recommended at this event.

If you are experiencing symptoms, we recommend that you wear a mask for the health and safety of others.