5 Day Writing Workshop in Woodstock, NY

July 16th - 20th, 2012
Woodstock, NY
845 679-7521

New York Times bestselling author, Susan Richards, offers a writing workshop designed to inspire both novice and seasoned writers to bring their own stories, fiction or non-fiction, to life. Participants will have the chance to read their own work (by submitting 15 pages in advance) for feedback from the group. In addition, participants will get feedback about their writing with one-on-one sessions with Susan. We will also plumb the depths of specific experiences or imaginings through guided writing exercises.

In a supportive and intimate group, we will focus on the writing process which includes the importance of framing a story, voice, specificity and pacing. This workshop is designed to help participants begin a project or to help those who have already begun to improve their craft. You will probably laugh and cry in what, for most, will be a pivotal life experience. But more importantly, you will grow as a writer.


The cost of the 5 day workshop is $500. This includes five lunches (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) and a one hour private session with Susan. The workshop will run from 9am to 5pm with a one hour break for lunch. To reserve a spot, please send a non-refundable deposit of $200 made payable to Lay Me Down, Inc. and send it to:

    9 Cooper Lake Road
    Bearsville, NY 12409
The balance is due on the first day of the workshop. This address is also the location of the workshop. Space is limited to 8 people. There are dogs in the house for those who might have allergies. Bring a swim suit and unwind at the end of the day cheap as roma shirts in a heated, salt-water pool or take a walk along a babbling brook in the heart of Woodstock with a canine or two for company. Woodstock is full of wonderful restaurants but dress is casual so pack comfortable clothes. There are a number of nearby B&B's and hotels for your stay.


Aspects Inn & Day Spa
Woodstock Country Inn
The Wild Rose
Twin Gables
Woodstock Inn at The Millstream
The Village Green
The Waterfall House
Enchanted Manor of Woodstock
Retreat at TreeGap
A Woodstock Waterfall Hideaway
Villas in Woodstock
Woodstock Lodge
Holiday Inn - Kingston
Howard Johnsons - Saugerties
Hampton Inn - Kington
Quality Inn - Kingston
Marriott Courtyard - Kingston
Twin Lakes - Hurley
The Emerson Inn
Woodstock Design Waterfront
Bearsville Retreat

For more information email susan@susan-richards.com or call 845 679-7521.

Testimonials for Susan:

Some writers have a strong ear for the text; others the subtext. Susan Richards has an infallible ear for these and more. Susan hears the inner truths you didn't write because you had not yet given yourself permission to confront them. As an historian, I'd written ten books. But tackling my first memoir was a challenge; I was struggling to find my voice.Thankfully, I happened upon Susan Richards' workshop - and my writing, sense of story, and clarity are all the better for it.

- Janus Adams, Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, publisher, and producer. Author of ten books and creator of BackPax children's media.

I'd been wanting to take a workshop with Susan Richards for a long time and I wasn't disappointed. Both in her teaching and her own writing, she has a way of cutting through anything extraneous or artificial and getting straight at what is important, real and true in any piece of writing. Our group was an assemblage of very different writers at different points in our work, but none of us wanted the workshop to ever end.

- Minda Zetlin, President of American Society of Journalists and Authors, and author of six books including The Geek Gap.

I attended two workshops with Susan. They were the most informative and helpful experiences I have ever had as a writer. The way Susan personally attended my work was extraordinary...She supported my unique story in a way that was gracious and kind. This is something I have not ever seen in a writer of Susan's caliber. I look forward to working with her again.

-Steven E. Handwerker, Ph.D.

Susan brings an honest enthusiasm to the art of the written word, meeting you at your level and gently prodding you to reach for the next. She has an innate sense of integrity when listening to and responding to her students' work which makes you want to match it by writing what is true and integral, leaving all your affectations and inauthentic scribbling in the delete box where they belong."

-Ann Hutton, journalist

Wet Mountain Valley
Writing Workshop

September 30 - October 6th, 2012
Coyote Moon Lodge
Westcliffe, Colorado
719 783-9740

6-Day writing workshop set in a former ski lodge high in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Three hours southwest of Denver, this small workshop for no more than 10, is for anyone who is writing a book or wants to start one. Participants can send up to 10 pages in advance for peer feedback. Please click here for more information. Registration will begin on April 1, 2012.

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