The Writer’s Retreat for Women

In-Person Retreat in the Catskills in October

October 23-28, 2023

A writing retreat for women of any age and any level. We welcome women bloggers, memoirists, fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers, who may enroll in one of two tracks: The Writer’s Colony or The Workshop Intensive.

The Writer’s Colony

A morning session daily with in-depth readings from our members’ submitted manuscripts and feedback and discussion. You’ll also receive information about the publishing world, the process of submitting your work to literary journals and magazines, finding an agent, and self-publishing. You’ll submit a 20-page manuscript (which can be anything you’re working on) prior to the retreat. It will be distributed to all of your fellow writers for reading ahead of our sessions and notating prior to our in-person readings at the retreat.

The Workshop Intensive

includes daily workshops taught by published authors and seasoned writing workshop leaders, where you’ll write and practice your developing skills with prompts, discussions, and short writing sessions. Every evening all of the writers from both the Writer’s Colony and the Workshop Intensive share their work in readings during our Wine & Cheese Salons in Cedar Heart Lodge at Lifebridge Sanctuary.


The beautiful Lifebridge Sanctuary, 25 minutes from Woodstock, New York. A lodge all to ourselves located in the center of 85 acres of pristine forest.

Take a look at scenes from our past (on-site) retreats: