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Writing at the Brown

Want to jumpstart your writing project or finish that revision? Itching to get back to Louisville and stay at the Brown? We have just the thing for you!

During each fall and spring residency, we offer Writing at the Brown, a writers’ retreat. For November, the retreat takes place November 12 – 18 during the fall residency.

Come for as many days as you wish. The retreat provides alums with space to write in quiet, pleasant surroundings at the Brown Hotel or in the Mansion on campus. During the day, get busy with your manuscript wherever you choose to write. In the evening, cozy up at the Brown! Participants also may join alumni Dutch-treat dine-arounds and attend faculty and student readings. Participants also have the option to attend other residency sessions, such as faculty and guest lectures.

Attendees at the residency are required to provide proof of vaccination. See full information and how to upload proof of vaccination on the registration form (link below).


Reserve your place at Writing at the Brown by filling out this form by October 1: Rooms at the Brown may be available at $135 a night (taxes included). Request your room on the registration form, and we’ll confirm availability by October 8. If confirmed, the payment is due by October 12. Rooms are given out on a first-reserved basis.

Deadline to register: October 1.

Donation Suggested:

Level I pass: “Write Away. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $25. The Level I pass gives you access to the Brown and Mansion writing rooms, attendance at residency readings and public residency events, alumni group dine-arounds, and free coffee in the Mansion.

Level II pass: “Your MFA Days. A donation of $100 gives you the same access as a Level I pass, plus the full Residency Curriculum and Events schedule. You can attend residency just as you did as a student but with no evaluations, no required assignments, no workshop or prep, and no required sessions.

You may make your donation here to one of our scholarships or to the Alumni Association Support Fund. Please make it by October 12.

Cancellation policy for rooms at the Brown

Full refund through November 8. After that, full refund minus any charges made by the Brown Hotel.

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