Join Mary Beth Coudal for a three-night, four-day writing retreat in the historic Georgian manor house, Skenewood, in Westport, New York, to focus on your writing from October 17 to 20, 2013.  

Participants will have hours to retreat and write and create. They can find their spot on the terrace overlooking Lake Champlain, next to a fireplace, or in a window seat. There will also be time to:

·       start the day with yoga,

·       attend a workshop with a local author or painter,

·       share local farm fresh meals in the grand dining room,

·       kayak Lake Champlain or hike woodland trails,

·       join an evening dinner party, and

·       read and share their works in progress at an after-dinner salon.

When they’re done, participants will have:

·       completed a publishable story or piece of art,

·       found a community of writers to support them, and

·       know the next steps to continue their good work.

When: Thursday afternoon, October17 at 2:00 pm to Sunday afternoon, October 20, 1 pm

This retreat is led by Mary Beth Coudal, IWWG member and instructor who owns and operates the Writers Boot Camp East. Her essays have been published in the New York, and Self magazine. She believes in the power of dangerous and authentic writing to transform lives.

Workshop leaders in the past have included and may include Kathryn CramerGeorge Davis, and Joanna Parson. All leaders are award-winning published authors and/or exhibiting artists. The gentle morning yoga classes will likely be led by Michelle Maron of Live Well in Essex.

Register at:

Dorm in one of the 10 charming private bedrooms (all inclusive): $495

Commute from the North Country for all meals and full retreat days, from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon: $295.

Westport is a little more than four and a half hours by car from New York City and six hours via Amtrak train along the Hudson River, voted one of the country’s most scenic routes. Amtrak leaves NYC around 8 am on Thurs. and leaves Westport around 2 pm on Sunday. Reserve at Pick up to and from the train station to the retreat is included. Westport on Lake Champlain is located 2 hours north of Albany, 40 minutes east of Lake Placid, and 2 hours south of Montreal.

For more information please contact:

Mary Beth Coudal (East Coast/New York City)

(p):646-678-0832 or (e):

To view a video from last fall’s retreat for writers:

To see more pictures of the historic manor house, Skenewood, visit: