Spotlight on... The Manuscript Workshops at the White Hart Inn

Are you looking for a weekend writing retreat with amazing faculty in a beautiful setting? Are you interested in focussing on your fiction while eating fabulous food? The Manuscript Workshops at the White Hart Inn is the perfect program to concentrate on your own work, relax, and get feedback and instruction from renowned fiction writers Rene Steinke and David Grand

The Manuscript Workshops will take place from June 12-16, 2016 at the historic White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT. The Workshops include "four days of private generative and revision workshops to help you make substantial progress on a book-length project (novel, story collection, or memoir). For writers who already have drafts and for those who are just getting started with an idea. Grand and Steinke will read each manuscript and offer personalized advice on shaping the narrative and sharpening the writing. There will be salon-style lectures to inspire new pages and to help writers find the best form for the story they want to tell. This is a great way to follow up on the writing goals you've set for yourself, in a stylish and inspiring setting."

The White Hart Inn boasts 16-rooms dating back to the 1800s. The White Hart has a long literary history, owned by Redbook editor-in-chief Meredith Rollins and author Malcolm Gladwell, among others. The restaurant was recently featured in Bon Appetit as one of the best in the country. For more information on the Inn itself, click HERE. 

Each participant in the Workshops will have three private consultations with both Grand and Steinke. In addition, they will have two separate opportunities for their work to be discussed in a small group workshop during the four days. 

The lectures will include "On Revision" and "White Space and the Unsaid" given by Steinke, and "On Narrating" and "Detail: In Search of This-ness" by Grand. 

Here is what a typical day will look like:

Breakfast and Writing Time: Morning

10:30-1:00 Individual Consulting Appointments on Manuscripts

1:00-2:00:  Lunch at the Inn

2:00-4:00: Group Workshop with Grand or Steinke

5:00-6:00: Salon Style Lecture/Discussion and cocktails

6:30: Dinner at the Inn 

The fee for the Four-day workshop includes:

  • daily manuscript consultations with Rene Steinke and David Grand
  • small group workshops 
  • salon-style lectures
  • a private room at the inn for 4 nights (June 12-16) 
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the inn's restaurant.

David Grand’s most recent novel is the critically acclaimed Mount Terminus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He is the author of Louse, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and The Disappearing Body, which Bookforum described as “satirical noir at its mesmerizing best.” Jonathan Lethem has described Grand as “a stealth operator, a magician-architect in prose, building elegant mysterious structures.” His writing has appeared in anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, BlackBook, and elsewhere. He is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches in the undergraduate program, and in the MFA Program.

René Steinke’s most recent novel is Friendswood (Riverhead Books), which was listed as one of National Public Radio’s Great Reads of 2014. Friendswood was a finalist for the St. Francis Literary Prize and an Amazon Book of the Month. She is also the author of The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award, and listed as one of the Best Books of the year by The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Salon, Redbook, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She teaches creative writing and literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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