Workshop Application

Please Note: There will be no summer workshop in 2011, but we plan to meet again in 2012. Application information will be posted here in February 2012.


We are currently considering applications for the June 1-11, 2008, St. Robert Southwell Creative Writing Workshop, and applications will be accepted until the participants have been chosen. Accepted applicants will receive a Southwell Scholarship which will cover room, board, and instruction, but participants will provide their own transportation to the Carmel Retreat House in Mahwah, New Jersey. Those in dire need of travel money can contact us about possible assistance.


Any young Catholics (ages 21-30) who have graduated from college or will finish their senior year by June 2008 are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from those who have majored in English and Theater, but we are also glad to consider applications from anyone with a serious interest in the literary arts who is also a serious, orthodox Catholic.


Please send by mail (not email) the following:

(1) An application form (see form).
(2) A brief paragraph (150-200) words explaining why you would like to attend the workshop.

Please send your completed application form and brief statement to the address below:

Dr. William Baer
The Southwell Institute
320 Hunter Drive
Evansville, IN 47711


Accepted participants will be expected to do some preparatory reading (which will be provided by the Institute) before the conference begins, so the faculty and participants will have a common ground to start with. Also, this is a true "writing" workshop, and participants will be expected to write a short play during their attendance at the workshop.