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? Our new writers’ retreat lets you do both!

Beginning this year, we are offering Writing at the Brown, a writers’ retreat that takes place at each spring and fall residency. Our first retreat takes place May 21-28, during Spring 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 and Homecoming events. Participants also have the option to attend residency sessions, such as faculty and guest lectures.

Attendees at the residency are required to provide proof of vaccination. See end of page for full information regarding masks and vaccination.


Reserve your place at Writing at the Brown by filling out this form by April 10: http://bit.ly/3I2UMg4. 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 April 16. If confirmed, the payment is due by April 21. Rooms are given out on a first-reserved basis.

Deadline to register: April 10.


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. (Note: Some faculty lectures may be included in the Homecoming schedule for free. Homecoming is May 25–27.)

You may make your donation here to one of our scholarships or to the Homecoming Support Fund by May 1.

Cancellation policy for rooms at the Brown

Full refund through May 17. After that, full refund minus any charges made by the Brown Hotel.

How to upload your vaccination card and mask information.

The Spalding School of Writing is requiring all students, faculty, alumni, and guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before attending the spring residency, May 21–28. “Fully vaccinated” means you have received

1) both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or

2) the single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Boosters are encouraged.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination cards should indicate that the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or the single Janssen/Johnson & Johnson dose has been received no later than April 30, 2022.

Attendees of the Fall 2021 residency, who have already submitted proof of vaccination, do not need to resubmit proof of vaccination.

Upload a photo or scan of your Covid-19 vaccination card here.

Students, faculty, and alumni may use their 7-digit Spalding ID number, or 9999999 if you do not have your ID number, and a photograph of their Covid-19 vaccination card that shows they are fully vaccinated. Vaccination cards must be uploaded no later than May 1, 2022.

Masks: Spalding University recently shifted to “mask optional” in public and personal spaces on campus. For class sessions, the faculty determine the mask policy. We will continue to update you with details on how this impacts residency sessions on campus or at the Brown or if this status changes. Bring masks with you.