Mountain House Writers' Retreat
closed for the season
Our writers' retreat program will resume in the spring of 2018.
City life got you down?
Join Beijing Youth Literary Review editors, Simon, Jennifer, and Chen Bo for a wild weekend of writing, creative activities, hikes, BBQ, and bonding at the Great Wall Mountain House.
To understand the value of exposing young people to the creative arts, we need look no further than this statement by Helen Vendler, a former member of Harvard's Faculty Standing Committee on Admissions:
During the Retreat, students will practice writing in different genres and will come out with a BYLR Certificate in Creative Writing, as well as a collection of their own poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.
Who Can Participate?
Are you struggling in literature class? Are you having difficulty in English writing? Do you want to improve your writing skills overnight? Then sign up for our Writers' Retreat!
how to sign-up
We will accept students on a first-come-first-serve-basis. Students will receive a discount by sending in a writing sample of at least 750 words in any genre or style. Please send the writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
Discount price: 2,800RMB/student
We will leave at 5pm on Friday and return by 5pm Saturday.
Group Cooking // Dinner // Creativity Games
Creative Thinking Workshop // Writing the Unconscious // Lunch // Writing Hike // Creative Games // First Words // Return to The Tree
What we provide
We will provide food, writing supplies, transportation, and accommodation. Click here for a complete list of what we provide and what you need to bring.
Meeting & Pickup Location: The Tree
Near the Maquanying (马泉营) subway stop
is a writer, editor, and creative collaborator. She earned her Master's degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, where she served as the Managing Editor of Dislocate literary magazine. Her poetry has appeared in publications in the U.S., Vietnam, and China.
is a poet, the Writer in Residence at the International School of Beijing, and the Editor in Chief of the Spittoon Literary Magazine. Simon's work appears in Kartika Review and the Aztec Literary Review.
is a poet and fiction writer. He studied literature and international law at Peking University and interned in an NGO in Dublin. His work appears in Weiminghu（未名湖）, Young Writers (青年作家), and SupChina.