Writers’ Retreats and Workshops

Knobs Haven Writing Retreats for Women

Writing and sharing in community with a wealth of unstructured alone time for writing, reading, reflecting and resting. Please click here for more information, including 2021 dates.

For ongoing Workshops, click individual program titles under the heading Programs.

For one-time or short-term workshops, check back here or contact me to be placed on my mailing list. Examples of previous programs can be found below..

Workshop: Writing The Caregiving Road

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM

In this workshop, Pauletta Hansel and Linda Parsons will explore your stories of caregiving, your struggles, and realizations about your loved ones and yourselves through the writing process. As former caregivers for parents with vascular dementia, they will use writing samples and prompts to create community and sharing along the rough road of caregiving, whether you’re navigating Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another chronic condition.

This nurturing and inspiring writing session is an opportunity to use writing to reflect on your own journey and to share as much or as little as you choose in a supportive, safe circle of other caregivers. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Where: Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917


For online registration click here, rather than on the image.


Developing Your Manuscript (Poetry)

An online course

Makery Manuscript

Information and Registration



Announcement Oct-Nov

brier workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 11:00 am -12:30 pm

Brier Books | 319 S. Ashland Avenue Ste. 100, Lexington, KY 40502 |


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Join me at my last event as Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate!

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Doors open at 7:00; Panel at 7:30
Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Join Chase Public and Cincinnati’s poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the world of publishing and poetry. Come, learn, and interact with the perspective and experience of seasoned experts who exist at many levels within the publishing structure. It’s an exciting and intimidating process, and we’re here to help you along the way! With Panelists: Lisa Ampleman, Pauletta Hansel, Matt Hart, Nicci Mechler, Stacy Sims, and Tyrone Williams.

The Format: Each Panelist will have 5-7 minutes to express their thoughts and focus, their wisdom and experience. After the six short presentations, the floor is open for questions and discussions from the audience.  More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/156907208353759/

I am honored to facilitate Hindman Settlement School’s Spring 2018 Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreat, March 23-25, 2018.  Rather than a structured writing workshop, most of the retreat time is set aside for writing in a peaceful environment away from the hustle of everyday life. These retreats fill quickly!


She Persists: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop Women and girls of all ages are invited to join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel to write and hear each other’s stories of women’s wisdom and strength. Saturday March 10, 5:30-6:30 pm The Sanctuary (St Michael Street, Lower Price Hill) Free. Part of The Artistry of Women Street Fair.



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SAT, APRIL 29, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action
1662 Blue Rock Street
Cincinnati, OH 45223

“In the dark times, will there also be singing? / Yes, there will be singing. / About the dark times” —Bertolt Brecht

“In a time of frontal assaults both on language and on human solidarity, poetry can remind us of all we are in danger of losing—disturb us, embolden us out of resignation” –Adrienne Rich

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before” –Audre Lorde

Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel facilitates a morning of writing and sharing poetry as a practice bearing witness to society and advocating for change. Joining with us in a hands-on exploration of our “skeleton architecture”, your poetic voice.

No previous writing experience is necessary. Come with notebook and pen, a willingness to listen, and a readiness to write with an open heart and mind.

This workshop is part of “Contemplation In Action,” an ongoing series at The Hive, exploring the intersection of contemplative stillness and social action. These events are designed to put meditation’s withdrawal inward in connection with the activist’s expression outward in ways that are valued as beauty and justice in the world. Rather than merely resisting world events, this series seeks to engage in a sacred activism, insisting on the good, true, or beautiful among us.

Events open with a short guided mediation and end with an collective action or intention, usually of a political nature. $15 plus Eventbrite fee by March 28; $18 plus Eventbrite fee thereafer. Click here for registration.




Registration and information here.


Write Me I’m Yours Writing Circle Join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for writing about place. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Rohs Street Cafe, 245 W. McMillan St.(Clifton Heights)


Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project Workshop
with the City’s Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30 am-1:00 pm
The Mercantile Library

This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around the neighborhood—in this case Cincinnati’s downtown—writing as you go. Eight blocks equals eight lines—each roughly ten syllables, roughly iambic—inspired by what you encounter, and then for the “volta” (Italian for “turn”) you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, having made notes for a poem that leaves you in a slightly different place than you began—as all good literature will do. Participants will gather back at Mercantile for sharing their first draft sonnets.

We will begin at 10:30 am at the Mercantile Library for some examples of sonnets and conversation about the process. Then participants will go singly or in pairs or groups for about an hour’s worth of strolling and writing in whatever direction you choose. Sharing will happen around noon or when all have returned—whatever comes first! All ages and experience levels are welcome; youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes for the weather, and bring a pen and small notebook, plus a brown bag lunch, if you choose. http://new.mercantilelibrary.com/event/cincinnati-walking-sonnet-workshop/

ExpressA Creative Writing Exchange with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati —  414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202 –


Guided Writing Session - July 2016


Writers’ workshops are offered on various aspects of the writing life as well as daylong, weekend or weeklong retreats that may be scheduled to meet your group’s needs.

Retreats are planned with a balance of time for both individual writing and reflection and group sharing and fellowship.

For more information, please contact me.

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