Starting Labor Day, join us for Catskill LIT, a new creative writing festival.

Four days of workshops and activities are designed to ignite your writing life, get you out of your head, and into your creative zone. Come for a day or two, or better yet, all four!

Our location—Olivebridge, NY’s Ashokan Center—is an inspirational 385-acre campus comprised of fields, forests, trails and streams. Enjoy hiking & writing, learning to letterpress, or to write a song—you can even write with world-famous aerialist Philippe Petit!


Click on the options below to register

All festival passes and events are sold separately so you control cost and can design a bespoke event.

Please reserve by August 31.


Festival Passes

Commute, camp, or stay overnight in one of three beautiful buildings.


Workshops & Activities

Mix and match workshops & activities designed to get you in the zone.


Meals & Entertainment

Unwind in a wood-fired sauna, swim under the waterfalls, dance under the stars.


A joyful, rewarding, enriching experience. The lovely setting, comfortable accommodations, delicious food and collegial atmosphere added to the pleasure of spending a weekend exclusively focused on writing.
— Avra Wing, Author of Angie, I Says
The 2018 retreat was the highlight of my year. It definitely fulfilled.
— Beth Umland, Partner, Mercer
I was one of the members at the Poetry Barn’s Workshop on the Living Object Retreat Weekend with Judith Vollmer. The experience checked off every box: a supportive teacher who offered inspiring prompts and helpful feedback; students who really dug in, were generous with their comments and fun to be around; and a beautiful environment, both outside the barn where it sits on gorgeous woodlands, and inside, where its comfortable, modern aesthetic and wall-to-wall books and are a bit of poetry heaven. The weekend ran smoothly thanks to Lissa Kiernan’s planning and good-humored daily involvement. I’ll be back for more!
— Tina Barry, Author of Mallflower