Quimby County Writer’s Weekend: A Vermont Writing Retreat – October 2nd -4th
Join Yankee Editor Mel Allen, author and Yankee columnist Ben Hewitt, and Yankee’s Deputy Editor Ian Aldrich for a unique writer’s retreat at Quimby Country. Over the course of a long weekend, we’ll explore the craft of narrative, non-fiction writing, learn how to get published, offer supportive feedback on one another’s work, and share plenty of delicious, home-cooked meals, all in the splendor of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom at its most beautiful time of year.
What To Expect:
Through workshops and designated one-on-one sessions, Mel, Ian, and Ben will guide participants through exercises and facilitate discussions that will improve writing skills, deepen appreciation for the craft, and share their cumulative decades of experience as professional writers and editors. Among many other things, you’ll learn:
How to write about others
How to read like a writer
How to develop compelling story pitches
How to improve your personal essay
How to tighten your writing
How to write about place
You’ll get the chance to work closely with all three instructors, who will also share their own personal journey toward becoming a professional writer and editor, as well as soak in the camaraderie of spending the weekend with a group of fellow writers and lovers of language.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This will be a lively, fun, but intense few days of reading, writing and discussion. Although all interested writers and readers are welcome and encouraged to attend, those with a deep interest in improving their craft and deepening their understanding of how good writing is constructed will likely derive the greatest benefit. Participants are encouraged to share their goals (and, if they’d like, a piece of writing) with Mel, Ian and Ben in advance of the workshop. We’ll also provide a reading list (don’t worry, we won’t overwhelm you!) of favorite stories and essays in preparation of group discussion.
There’s no better place or time for it, as Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom will be alive with autumn colors and the energy of the changing season. Participants will work hard but also have the flexibility to take full advantage of their surroundings, as well as plenty of relaxed social time. Situated on more than a thousand acres with two trout lakes and 19 turn-of-the-century rustic cottages, Quimby Country is the oldest sporting camp in Vermont and offers miles of hiking and biking terrain.
Meet Your Instructors:
Single Occupancy Cottage = $1050 – Sign up before May 15 for a discounted price of $950
Double Occupancy Cottage = $950 – Sign up before May 15 for a discounted price of $850
Two dinners, two breakfasts and two lunches in our historic Lodge
Welcoming Friday night cocktail party
Writing time in a stunningly beautiful natural setting
The opportunity to connect with mentors and other writers at an intimate, exclusive getaway
You’ll stay in a charmingly-rustic cottage with beautiful decks overlooking Forest Lake, woodturning stoves and full bathrooms – Click Here to view our cottages
All amenities are included (rowboats, canoes, access to Forest Lake, Great Averill Lake, hiking trails, lodge, internet, etc.)
Regardless whether you opt to share a cottage or not each participants will have their own room
Prices do not include a 9% meals and rooms tax
* Space is very limited and will fill up quickly. Sign up early to guarantee your spot!