Join editors from Barrelhouse Magazine
for a writer’s retreat in lovely Central Pennsylvania.

We are closed for applications for our 2018 camps. Check back here (or follow @barrelhouse on Twitter) in early 2019 for next summer's dates.


Writer Camp! This is a laid-back working vacation with plenty of time for writing. Each participant also has the option of receiving detailed feedback from a Barrelhouse editor on (some of) their work. Your registration fee includes lodging, all meals, a few group activities, plenty of time to write, and campfires every night.

A quick rundown of what this will be: 

  • Four days, three nights (Camp 1) or five days, four nights (Camp 2) - choose a more immersive experience or an express version! 
  • Lodging in a lovely, rustic, brand new creekside hostel in the wilds of Central Pennsylvania, in your choice of a private room or a shared bunkhouse.
  • All meals are included
  • A bunch of writers sitting around in a bucolic central PA setting and writing for most of the day
  • Optional one-on-one sessions with an editor who will provide detailed suggestions for improving specific pieces of writing. Basically, this is a one-person workshop with a Barrelhouse editor (note: this really is optional; if you're at the place in your writing where what you really need is time to write and you'd rather just do that, that is cool with us)
  • Barrelhouse editors and staff on site the entire time ready to hang out and talk to you about whatever 
  • One (totally optional!) group activity -- a hike or kayak or swim or something outdoorsy -- if the weather permits, per day
  • Keywords we might use: Low key, laid back, informal, smart, fun. 
I’ve been to a number of writing conferences, and Barrelhouse Writer Camp was the best of the bunch. I wrote dozens of new pages, and the friends I made in these few short days will be in my life for years to come. I can’t wait for next summer.

Where do you want to write? Your private room, the big event hall, in a lounge chair by the creek, or in a handwoven hammock?

Writer Camp is hosted by the brand new Godspeed Hostel in Port Matilda, PA, roughly 10 minutes outside State College.