Bookgardan: A Year's Sustenance for Writers

21 May 2018 – 28 May 2019

Led by Kate Moses

Grow your book project to its fullest flowering in Bookgardan's year-long program of intense one-on-one literary mentorship and online group workshops, bracketed by two spring residencies with an intimate community of fellow writers at Craigardan, a mountainside retreat for artists, makers & thinkers in the majestic Adirondacks of upstate New York.

THE RETREAT

Devote a year to writing your book in community with an intimate group of dedicated writers, nurtured from start to finish by acclaimed author and literary mentor Kate Moses. The program opens and closes with springtime week-long residency intensives at Craigardan, a secluded artists' retreat set at a circa-1800s farm nestled in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. Kate will provide writers the structure and guidance required to cultivate and nourish their manuscripts, with the goal of bringing projects to fruition by program's end. Throughout the year, writers will receive monthly manuscript submissions, online workshop lessons, ongoing mentorship and opportunities for connection with like-minded artists sharing in an often solitary endeavor. Bookgardan culminates twelve months later—once again in May in the fullness of spring—with a second Craigardan residency focused on revision, fellowship and celebration. Limited to 6-8 participants.

THE SETTING

Bookgardan takes place both virtually and during the two week-long residencies at Craigardan. Between residencies, as they hone and refine their manuscripts throughout the year, participants will require a few days of computer and wifi access per month to participate in 11 monthly manuscript submissions followed by video or audio phone conferences with Kate, scheduled online workshops, and craft discussions with the group; email access and a dedicated online discussion area will be available to all participants.

The two week-long residencies will take place at Craigardan’s idyllic mountainside retreat, once a circa-1800s sheep farm, now a lovingly restored and intentionally designed 78-acre center for artistic creation, intellectual exchange, environmental awareness, and the cross-fertilization of all three. Participants will be lodged in Craigardan’s simple and beautiful shared houses, with access to any number of indoor and outdoor communal spaces for writing and thinking, including solo time in the peaceful writer’s cabin with its wooded views of the working farm. Residency craft seminars and workshops will be held in the Apple Barn, where participants will also gather for meals prepared by the chefs in residence from foodstuffs grown at Craigardan, or made by one of the many food artisans in the extensive local farm-to-table, sustainable agriculture community. See Craigardan's website here.

Located in Keene, New York at the northern edge of the Adirondacks, Craigardan is surrounded by numerous glorious mountains and hiking paths, a short drive from Lake Placid and Lake Champlain, and a ferry ride from Burlington, Vermont. Amtrak is twenty minutes away in nearby Westport, New York, and the nearest airports are in Burlington, Montreal, and Albany.  Boston and New York City are five hours away by car.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Bookgardan is ideal for writers who are working on long-form narrative book projects, whether literary fiction (novel, novella, or short stories), memoir, creative nonfiction topics, or hybrids of those forms, and think they would benefit from a seasoned professional’s perspective, ongoing guidance, and mentorship, and the support and creative energy of an engaged group of peers. Participating writers may be at any stage of their project’s development, from a crystallizing idea to a full draft that needs refinement. Enrollment in Bookgardan is by application -- not to be elitist or intimidating, but to make sure that your project is something Kate feels she could help you to advance and improve (“a good fit,” in other words). Email Kate if you have any questions about whether Bookgardan is right for you and your book.

To apply, please hit the "APPLY" button to fill out the application and get instructions on submitting a writing sample.  

COST

  • $5500 per person

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Enrollment in Bookgardan includes:

  • Two 7 night/6 day residencies at Craigardan with lodging in a private room/shared bath; all meals; daily group yoga instruction; transportation to/from local train station or airport

  • All instruction & program fees for both Craigardan residencies

  • 1 year of mentorship with Kate, including 11 20- to 30-page manuscript submissions, 11 monthly individual conferences, monthly-plus online group activities, and final manuscript reading prior to the ending residency in May 2019

Please note: Bookgardan fee does not include airfare or other long-distance travel costs, which must be arranged and paid separately by the participant.

    WORKSHOP LEADER

    Kate Moses is the author of the internationally acclaimed Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, published in sixteen languages, and Cakewalk: A Memoir, chosen by NPR as one of their favorite memoirs of 2010. Recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American Woman, an American Book Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Poets & Writers Debut Fiction selection, a Prix des Lectrices de Elle, and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Karuna, and The Lighthouse Works, Kate is also co-editor of two nationally bestselling anthologies of essays on motherhood, Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves. A founding senior editor and staff writer of Salon, former literary director of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and former senior acquisitions editor of North Point Press, Kate has taught writers at two dozen universities in the U.S. and U.K., and is on the faculties of the Gotham Writers Workshop and Key West Literary Seminar.  Through Birds & Muses she works with writers in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, several European and African nations, and New Zealand. Learn more about Kate’s books at katemoses.com.