The Writer’s Retreat at Good Contrivance Farm


About Us!

What’s New in 2024?

No increase in our rates!

In our ongoing effort to support writers seeking time and space to create, we have held the line on the rental rates for our two residences. We promise to keep the current rates for all of 2024.

Heating & Cooling!

We have upgraded the heating and cooling for both residences. Both had trouble staying warm during the coldest days and cool during the hottest, but no more!

No fees for our Craft Talks!

We were charging $10 per person to attend our craft talks–to cover food and drink at the reception that follows the talk. This year, we’ve ditched the fee. But (online) registration will be required, due to limited seating and victuals.

The Schoolhouse now has two modes

workshop mode (folding tables and chairs) or living room mode (armchairs in a circle). Remember, you can rent the Schoolhouse for your group of 12 persons for only $200 a day. Catering is available. (Details)

Workshops & Craft Talks 2024!


Paul Lisicky
Workshop: Sat., May 25
Craft Talk: Sat., June 1


Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara
Workshop: Sat., July 20
Craft Talk: Sat., July 27


Lia Purpura
Workshop: Sat., Aug. 24
Craft Talk: Sat., Aug. 31


Gwen Florio
Workshop: Sat., Sept. 28
Craft Talk: Sat., Oct. 5

GCF Writer’s Retreat Writing Coaches

A diverse array of award-winning writers to help you make the most of your writing.