"The workshop hums and the honey reeks of thyme." – Virgil

Several times a year -- or by request -- I offer intimate writing retreats at my historic home in idyllic Essex on Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks, or at other soul-stirring locations in the U.S. and abroad. Limited to small groups of  writers, participants receive intensive one-on-one manuscript consultation and targeted critiques, dynamic conversations about literary life over wine and sumptuous meals, and focused time for writing in the company of inspiring, supportive, like-minded writers. Retreats may also include daily workshop-style feedback from the group. When scheduling permits, I sometimes team up with other notable writers who also love to teach in intimate settings. 

Always included are boutique-style lodging, airport pick-up and drop-off, and my farm-to-table organic meals, which conclude with the bountiful results of my therapeutic (okay, pathological!) baking. Some of the optional activities in the Adirondacks include yoga, hiking, lake swimming, kayaking, antiquing, seasonal  leaf-peeping or snowshoeing, birdwatching, absorbing the majestic landscape, and sampling from the many excellent local farm stands and artisan makers of cheese, beer, and crafts. Lake Placid, Burlington, and Montreal are nearby for day trips. 

Individual and private group retreats are also available. What writer wouldn’t want to spend a weekend being cooked for, pampered, and talking about their writing? 

See below for the Summer & Fall 2017 retreats. Details are in the works for early 2018 in the bohemian beach town of Bolinas, California, spring 2018 in a quiet village in Tuscany, and other locales to follow. For more information or to schedule an individual or private group retreat, contact me here

Upcoming Retreats

Coastal Maine Writing Retreat for Fiction, Memoir, & Food Writing

August 20 – 24, 2017

Led by Kate Christensen, Kate Moses, & Mary Pols

Experience Maine’s summer bounty as you take your work-in- progress to the next level during this retreat on glorious Casco Bay. Three acclaimed writers will guide you, feed you, and inspire you during intensive individual manuscript consultations and small group workshops.

Adirondack Memoir Retreat on Lake Champlain

Sept 26 – Sept 30, 2017

Led by Elizabeth Cohen & Kate Moses

Focus on your memoir-in- progress at a peaceful Adirondack lakeside lodge set against a backdrop of autumn’s turning leaves. Intensive, individual manuscript consultations and feedback in small group workshops.