A Master Class in Memoir

Come to the High Peaks of New York’s Adirondack Mountains October 22-27, 2014, the most gloriously colorful season in this spectacular place…and write with a master.

In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, workshop your memoir with Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life, selected as one of the Best Books of 2006 by the LA Times and the Washington Post. Of Abigail’s book, Thinking About Memoir, Anne Lamott said, “It is beautiful, charming, funny, painful, and will be of indescribable value and inspiration to anyone who wants to write anything.”

The author Abigail Thomas as photographed by Jennifer May

photo by Jennifer May

Read more about Abigail’s other books. 

As Abigail describes it, in writing memoir there is so much to find out.

Once in a while you come too close to an uncomfortable truth, and your writing goes flat, and your instinct might be to change the subject. But this is the most interesting of moments. There is so much to be found out. You can either stare at the page and realize hot dog, this is a safe to be cracked, or you can crawl under the covers and take a nice nap.

At this point in your writing career, you may be working on a specific project, or just formulating one. This is your opportunity to have one of the most beloved and respected teachers of memoir guide you in the direction you’re meant to go.

You’ll work with Abigail and an intimate group of eight other dedicated and experienced writers.

Abigail’s famous and highly original assignments are designed to spark new ideas and to lead you down unexpected paths.

At the very least, assignments can provide a writer with a nicely stocked larder, and some notion of where the mind goes when it’s off its leash. And once in a while, if we’re lucky, an assignment helps you find the side door into a story you’ve been staring too directly in the eye.

Dartbrook Lodge, a setting with a “pitch-perfect style and majestic location” as described by the New York Times, will serve as oasis and inspiration. Relax in the evenings in your own private cottage. Pamper yourself with handmade soaps and luxurious linens. Enjoy gourmet meals specially made with local ingredients by a personal chef, onsite just for our retreat.

Share, laugh and learn.

Come to the mountains to meet Abigail, the great writer and teacher; bid a fond farewell to Abby, your lifelong friend.

We truly hope you’ll join us at the Dartbrook Writers Retreat, recently named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of “the world’s best writers’ retreats.”