Have you lived through something that is calling to be written about? Unsure where to start? Hungry for some luxurious quiet in which to focus? Over the course of this immersive workshop weekend, celebrated writers and teachers Melissa Febos and Suleika Jaouad will lead participants through a study in the craft of short, autobiographically inspired narratives. Such works are some of the hardest to write well and the easiest to publish. They are often the seedlings from which great books are grown. Through close readings of master texts, brief craft lectures, and generative exercises, Melissa and Suleika will help you get a running start. Then, you'll have the gift of time and space to write in our gorgeous location. In your downtime, enjoy delicious organic meals, evening readings, and strolls through beautiful Hudson. Meet with visiting magazine editors and take a yoga, pilates or barre class! By the retreat's end, you will have produced your own complete draft and received feedback to help guide your revision. This retreat presents a rare opportunity to work with two exceptional talents in such an intimate, nurturing environment. Open to creative nonfiction, autobiographical fiction writers, and prose poets.
Suleika is an award-winning writer, speaker and advocate. She wrote the acclaimed "Life, Interrupted" column and video series in the New York Times, which earned her a News & Documentary Emmy Award. Her reported features and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, NPR, Vogue and Glamour. She is the author of Between Two Kingdoms, a highly anticipated memoir forthcoming from Random House. Suleika's advocacy work and speaking engagements have taken her everywhere from the United Nations and the Today Show, to a two-room schoolhouse in rural Montana. When she's not on the road with her Volkswagen camper van and rescue mutt Oscar, she lives in Brooklyn.
Melissa is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jean Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the 2017 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, and Ragdale. Her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn.