Get Away. Relax. Connect. Write.

At the God's Whisper Farm Writers' Retreat, we believe in the importance of community, of connection, of open space and air in a place where we can think, explore, and relax.

During your time here, you will have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop, hear craft talks from accomplished writers, share meals with other writers, and take time to hear yourself think.  Our goal in this retreat is to give you a place and opportunity to go deeper into your writing life. 

Our schedule is full but not busy, and we put an emphasis on time together and alone. On God's Whisper Farm, you'll have the chance to take walks, sit on the front porch, spend time with the animals, and enjoy the quiet of the Virginia countryside. 


Come meet and spend time with writers who write in various genres and for various reasons. 

Patrice Gopo


Pushcart Nominee with an essay collection forthcoming in 2018

Ruth Samsel

Literary Agent

William K. Jensen Literary Agency

Blake Atwood

Nonfiction Author and Editor

The Father Effect

Cora Schenberg


Professor of German Literature at the University of Virginia 

Suzanne Terry

Novelist and Food Writer

Carol Alexander

Freelance Writer and Editor

Ginger Morgan

Novelist and Teacher

The Algebra of Snow

Douglas Gilbert

Historical Fiction Author

The Last Saturday of October

See more information about our additional speakers below. 


Our writer's retreat will be a laid-back but rich time together. While all sessions are optional, and we encourage people to manage their energy and stamina throughout the weekend. 

Please note that the special reading by our guest on Saturday night is a unique opportunity to not only hear a published author read but also to talk with that writer both before and after the reading. We hope you will prioritize this session as you plan. 

Friday, June 22:

  • 2pm-5pm: Registration, Farm Tour, Campsite Set-Up
  • 5pm-7pm: Home-Cooked Dinner and Social Time
  • 7pm-9pm: Open Mic - Sign-Up Sheet will be available during registration.

Saturday, June 23:

  • 8am-9am - Home-Cooked Breakfast
  • 9am-9:30am - Meditation and Reflection with Kelly
  • 9:45am-10:30am - Craft Talks
  • 10:30am-10:45am - Break
  • 10:45am-11:30am - Craft Talks
  • 11:30am-12pm - Exploration, Conversation, and Relaxation
  • 12pm-1pm - Home-Cooked Lunch
  • 1pm-3:30pm - Writing Workshop
  • 3:30pm-4pm - Meditation and Reflection with Kelly
  • 4pm-5pm - Exploration, Conversation, and Relaxation
  • 5pm-7pm - Home-Cooked Dinner w/ Members of the Local Community & Bonfire
  • 7pm-9pm - Reading by Guest Author
  • Sunday, June 24:
  • 8am-9am - Home-Cooked Breakfast
  • 9am-9:30am - Meditation and Reflection with Kelly
  • 9:45am-11am - Publishing and Marketing Conversation
  • 11am-12pm - Closing Conversation

**Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.


God's Whisper Farm

4975 Orange Rd.
Radiant, VA 22732

Our third annual conference will be held at our 15-acre farm at the edge of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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Stay at the Farm

Additional Speakers Michelle Williams, Lisa Deam, and Ashley Tauriac
 Hosts: Kelly Chripczuk, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, and Shawn Smucker

We are thrilled to be your hosts for this weekend. As writers and friends, our goal is to make your time at this retreat as meaningful for you as possible. We hope you leave this time more energized, more connected, and more confident as a writer. (Click on our names above for more information about our work.)

Reserve Your Space

Reserve Your Space Now

Registrations Accepted through April 1, 2017


  • 5 Home-Cooked Meals
  • All Craft Talks
  • Writing Workshop
  • Reading by Invited Author
  • Publishing Conversation
  • 15 Acres of Farm to Explore
  • Connections with Other Writers
  • Intimate Access to Speakers and Presenters



A refund of your full registration cost, minus a $50 processing fee, is available until May 15, 2018. From May 16-June 15, 2-18 a 50% refund is available. After June 15, no refunds will be made.  

Travel to God's Whisper Farm?

God's Whisper Farm is not accessible by public transportation, but we are happy to help you coordinate carpools with other participants, locate travel from train stations or airports, and do all we can to make your travel as easy as possible.

What should I wear? 

June in Virginia is usually warm but comfortable. The barn in which we will meet is not air conditioned, so dress for warm weather. You will be visiting a working farm, so if you'd like to take walks or greet the animals, closed-toed shoes are recommended. This is a very casual affair. 

What kind of animals are at the farm?

We have dogs, cats, goats, and chickens. The barn in which we will meet does not house any animals except our barn cats and rabbits, and we will clean it as thoroughly as possible to avoid allergic reactions for our guests. However, this is a working farm, so animals and their accompanying smells and sounds will be present. 

Can you accommodate food preferences and allergies? 

Please do let us know if you have food requests or allergies. We will absolutely avoid any foods that cause severe allergic reactions, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone's food preferences as well. 

Can I stay at the farm?

You are welcome to pitch a tent and camp out in the field by the barn. These 10 spaces are free of charge and available also on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact us through the link above or at [email protected] to reserve your space.