What We Are

Good Contrivance Farm is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation and restoration of small, historic farms in Maryland. Toward that end, our farm serves as a model of historic preservation and sustainable nurture.

The Writer’s Retreat Residencies, Programming, and More

1) As part of our public outreach, we offer The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat: two spectacular spaces for overnight residencies where a writer can settle into a peaceful country getaway and get some good work done: the Barn Loft Apartment and the Hen House Cottage (see below for details).

2) “The School House” is our new programming space, also available for day use for individuals and small groups. (See below for details.)

3) As of fall 2021, we are offering programming in the form of workshops and craft talks. Our offerings are in response to a recent survey of writers and followers on our ever-expanding mailing list.

Steve Almond was Awesome!

Steve visited the Writer’s Retreat on Saturday, May 14, and delivered a funny, insightful, heartfelt, and inspirational talk about novel-writing (and writing in general). Despite the inclement weather, we had a great turn-out. The Ivy Bookshop sold lots of books and our attendees ate lots of great food. Make sure you’re on our mailing list so that we can tell you about our next event!

Who Runs the Writer’s Retreat?

Ron Tanner directs the Writer’s Retreat. Ron is a well-published writer of fiction and non-fiction and has won many awards for his writing, including a Pushcart Prize, a gold medal from the Faulkner Society, a James Michener Fellowship from the Copernicus Society, and many more.

All GCF operations are overseen by a board of directors, which meets twice a year or more frequently, as needed.


GCF Writer’s Retreat Writing Coaches

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