One week after Women at Woodstock, we’re hosting a dedicated Writers Retreat at Lifebridge Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Novice writers, published authors, bloggers, memoirists, fiction writers – all are welcome. Our content-rich, quiet, working session runs from Thursday evening, October 19 through Sunday night, October 22.During your time at the Writers Retreat, you have your choice of the Writers-In-Process track or the Emerging Writers track. Writers-In-Process will start each day with a one-hour workshop taught by resident writing coach Linda Lowen and then the morning will be open for you to write, think, and map out your writing future in peace and quiet, surrounded by other like-minded women also pursuing their own creative quests. Emerging Writers will join in an intensive full-morning writing workshop with resident writing coach Colleen Geraghty, where a safe space will be created for you to write and practice your developing skills with prompts, discussions, and short writing sessions. For everyone at the Writing Retreat, there will be plenty of space and opportunity for private coaching, collaborative conversations, or total quiet – whatever it is that you need. In the late afternoon we’ll gather for an Evening Salon of wine and cheese and readings, sharing what we wish from the day’s work and exchanging feedback under the guidance of both Linda and Colleen. After dinner, we’ll gather by the fire (with maybe some nice chocolates!) to continue our readings or simply relax at the end of a productive day.
Resident & Visiting Authors
Linda Lowen – Resident author & writing coach
Linda Lowen, writing instructor for The Downtown Writer’s Center, in Syracuse, NY, and at writing festivals and retreats across New York state, is our resident writing coach for both Women at Woodstock 2016 Writers Retreats. She will conduct a short workshop at the start of each day on all aspects of writing, from starting a new work, mapping out your full plan, honing your craft, building scene and character, story arc, and living the life of the writer, working consistently to insure that you finish what you start. You will have time to meet with Linda individually for review of your work and guidance you as you write and refine and mold your work toward publishable shape.
Linda edited the anthology Hopeful – Grateful – Strong: Survivor Stories from the YMCA of Greater Syracuse’s Cancer Support Programs, published in June 2015, and her essay, “Hillary Clinton, Everymother” is featured in the anthology, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, edited by Joanne Bamberger. Her non-fiction story “Christmas Eve Service” is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back, and her column “Storytime” appears in the monthly magazine Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York. Linda has written for national media outlets including MSN.com and MSN Living, and the website About.com when it was owned by the New York Times Company. Linda will teach a daily morning workshop and will be available to meet with every attendee individually to review and critique a sample of her writing, and discuss avenues to getting published.
Ginnah Howard – Wednesday, Nov. 2
Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven Journal, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Night Navigation, Book 2 of her upstate novel trilogy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Chronogram called Book 3, Doing Time Outside (Standing Stone Books), “a beautiful read.” The first book of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “best of the best” Indie books of 2015. In her latest book, I’m Sick of This Already: At-Risk Learning in a High School Class, Howard focuses on a year of working with students in a small rural town. Currently she is putting together a collection of poetry and prose titled An Opera of Hankering. For more information visit GinnahHoward.com.
In Ginnah’s workshop, “ROPE & BONE from Conception to Marketing: Lessons Learned,” she will talk about her novel, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories as it developed through all the stages: writing, revising, submitting, getting an agent, publishing, and marketing. She will provide handouts that will include links and information that you may find helpful. Ginnah will be staying for the full day on Wednesday, November 2nd and will be glad to talk informally with anyone who might have questions. [Note: Everyone attending the Writers Retreat will receive a copy of Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories.]
Laurie Stone – Thursday, Nov. 3
Laurie Stone is author of My Life as an Animal, Stories (TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, pub date October 15, 2016), the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), and the essay collection Laughing in the Dark (Ecco). She is editor of and contributor to the memoir anthology Close to the Bone (Grove). A longtime writer for the Village Voice (1974-1999), she has been theater critic for The Nation and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. Included in her grants are two from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Kittredge Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, the Edward Albee Colony, Saltonstall, Djerassi, the Millay Colony, Ragdale, and Poets & Writers.
In 1996 she won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She has published numerous memoir essays and stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Nanofiction, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Ms., TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Memorious, Creative Nonfiction, St Petersburg Review, and Four Way Review. Her short fiction and nonfiction appear in the anthologies They’re at it Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City, In the Fullness of Time, The Face in the Mirror, The Other Woman, Best New Writing of 2007, Full Frontal Fiction, and Money, Honey, among others.
She has given readings in dozens of venues, including The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, The Poetry Project, Barnes & Noble, KGB, The National Arts Club, and The New School. She has served as writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Old Dominion University, Thurber House, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Muhlenberg College. She has taught at the Paris Writers Workshop, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chapman University, Sarah Lawrence, Antioch, Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio State, Arizona State University, Fordham, and Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. She has had short residencies at Yale, CalArts, Trinity College, The University of North Texas, ArtCenter in Pasadena, Mills College, Indiana University, University of Connecticut, and School of the Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and was included in the “Living Writers Series” at Muhlenberg College. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space in Long Island City. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on her next book of fiction, The Love of Strangers. Click here to learn more about her most recently published work, My Life as an Animal, Stories. Laurie will attend our writing retreat on Thursday, November 3 and will talk about “Memory Is The Enemy of Story.” She will be available after her talk to speak with attendees and sign copies of her newest book.
Veronica James – Saturday, Nov. 5
Veronica James, co-author of the bestselling book Going Gypsy, a chronicle of her life on the road with husband David, which began when the couple decided to sell their empty-nest home and set out on a new life of travel and adventure, will be teaching a workshop at the second session of the Women At Woodstock Writers Retreat. She’ll tell us why having a strong following on social media is an important factor in getting a publisher to take on your book. Veronica’s website, GypsyNester.com attracted a huge following before she sold her book to her first publisher; she’s now under contract for a second book to be published in 2017.
Veronica will be staying for the full day on Saturday, November 5th and will be available to meet and talk with anyone individually.
Our Retreat Sponsor: She Writes Press
We are thrilled to announce that the highly regarded publishing house, She Writes Press, is a sponsor of the Women At Woodstock 2016 Writers Retreat!
She Writes Press is an independent publishing company founded to serve members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online, and women writers everywhere. She Writes Press is both mission-driven and community-oriented, aiming to serve writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting the highest quality editorial help possible for their work. Click here to learn more about She Writes Press.
Direct-Path Submission Of Your Work To She Writes Press
You Also Could Win A Free Coaching Session With Brooke Warner
In addition to this very special benefit, Brooke Warner of Warner Coaching has agreed to give complimentary sessions to two lucky Writers Retreat participants (to be chosen by a raffle at the event). The sessions are a half-hour and include an evaluation of the work in advance of the call. Winning writers can send up to 15 pages for Brooke to review. The value of these sessions is $125. To learn more about Brooke Warner and Warner Coaching, click here.