CWW Alumni News: Christina Ruotolo’s new story, “Turning Water,” in The Petigru Review

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce that Christina Ruotolo, an alumna of our 2014 Château de Verderonne Yoga & Writing Retreat in Picardy, France, has a new nonfiction story, “Turning Water” featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Petigru Review.  This current issue of The Petigru Review published received a starred Kirkus review and copies can be purchased on Amazon.



Christina Ruotolo at the Chȃteau de Verderonne

Christina Ruotolo is currently the Hot Dish Writer for The Daily Reflector newspaper in Greenville, NC.  She writes a weekly food column about restaurants in the area.  She also writes for HER Magazine, a monthly women’s magazine features in eastern, NC with a circulation of 13,000.  When not freelance writing, she is a full-time Advertising Account Executive at a newspaper, Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Event Planner and Creative Writing instructor at a community college.  About the CWW Chȃteau de Verderonne Yoga & Writing Retreat, Ruotolo writes, “Attending a CWW writer’s retreat in France in 2014 was a life-changing experience for me. I met wonderful people from all over the world and was able to immerse myself in my writing, finding my inner calm, voice and enjoying the beauty of another country. I made life-long friendships and it was where the idea for my new book came from.”

Christina Ruotolo, CWW Château de Verderonne Retreat Participant, featured in The Writer Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 7.08.06 PMChristina Ruotolo, a participant at the  Cambridge Writers’ Workshop 2014 Yoga & Writing Retreat at the Château at Verderonne, has been featured in The Writer Magazine!  In addition to presenting her new creative writing and enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with her fellow workshop participants, Christina found inspiration for her work when reading The Writer at the Château de Vederonne.  She also very much enjoyed the literary and cultural tours of Paris and Chantilly with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop as well as her daily yoga classes with Elissa Lewis.

Christina Ruotolo, 36, is a published poet and nonfiction writer who hails from eastern North Carolina.  In 2014, she started a nonfiction blog, The Grief Project, after the loss of her mother in 2013, her father in early 2014, and a miscarriage a few months after that. “I used the blog as a way to navigate through my grief one thought and one word at a time. I want others to share their stories of grief and how they deal with the ups and downs that grief in all forms entail.” When not writing, Christina is an adjunct English instructor and Writing Consultant at Pitt Community College, a Barnes and Noble employee, and hard at work on a poetry chapbook and her first screenplay. If you would like to submit your story of how you dealt with grief to Christina’s blog, please visit the website,