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 readings from our members’ in-progress 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. When it’s your day to read, you’ll read up to 20 pages from your manuscript-in-progress (which can be anything you’re working on). You’ll also be invited to attend certain of the afternoon sessions of the Workshop Intensive if you wish.

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.

The Total Gathering

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: