The Writer’s Retreat at Good Contrivance Farm

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.

Marion Winik’s sold-out workshop in November was a great success!
Some comments from participants:

  • Marion Winik was wonderful. The prompts were very helpful, and the group atmosphere was very congenial and supportive.
  • It was just right. Marion helped us get comfortable with introductions and then we dove right in to writing. Her method for weaving in different elements was simple enough to be accomplished in one day and left room for our creativity and development. A very supportive environment.
  • I really appreciated the way Marion structured the workshop, giving us valuable tools and then a chance to use them. I also loved that we had time to share our writing with each other and support everyone’s efforts.

Kimiko Hahn’s visit in September was a big success–with a great workshop on the Zuihitsu, followed by an insightful craft talk about “closure.”  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a buffet outside in the farm’s pavilion. 

This was the last big barn event of the year–our first year of programming. Watch for our January newsletter to see who’s coming next year–we’re excited about the lineup and we think you will be too!

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.


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