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 and evening use for individuals and small groups. (See below for details.)

3) We offer 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.

Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Kimiko Hahn in September!

Acclaimed author of 20 books, Kimiko Hahn has just published Foreign Bodies (Norton, 2022), revisiting the personal as political while exploring the immigrant body, the endangered animal’s body, objects removed from children’s bodies, hoarded things, and on.


September 17, she will offer
a mind-expanding workshop,
followed by a craft talk for writers of all genres. Details here!

Join us for this year’s last gathering in our big barn: we’ll have great food and refreshments and the good company of Kimiko Hahn, the GCF board of directors, and fine folk like you!
Saturday, September 17th: 6:00 PM


Marion Winik in November!

Award-winning essayist. columnist, and literary critic, Marion Winik will offer her renowned Memoir Boot Camp on Saturday, November 19. Details here!


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.