St. Joseph • “Speaking Out: Writing as Witness, Protest and Transformation” retreat starts this evening at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.15 at the Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s Monastery. In this intensive retreat, participants will explore their responsibility and right to use their words to confront injustices of many kinds. Each writer will find her or his form or expression — poetry, essay, letter to the editor, blog, newsletter, etc. The retreat will include shared silence, provocative readings and each other’s company. Writers at all levels are welcome. Those who want a deeper immersion experience may choose to stay overnight. The fee is$140, which includes meals and overnight accommodations. The fee for commuters is $85, which includes a noon meal. For more information or to register, visit:https://sbm.osb.org/event/speaking-out-writing-as-witness-protest-and-transformation/.