SPRUCETON INN: A CATSKILLS BED AND BAR

Workshops & Retreats

 

WORKSHOPS & Retreats

We host a variety of workshops and retreats throughout the year. Fly fishing, memoir writing, illustration… Check out our calendar of upcoming events below and sign up for our mailing list to be one of the first to know.

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Interested in hosting your own workshop or retreat at the Inn? Email info@sprucetoninn.com with whatever details you can provide and we’ll get back to you!

upcoming events:

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TELLING STORIES WITH PICTURES WITH DASHA TOLSTIKOVA / AUGUST 4TH-7TH

Come to the heart of the Catskills to jump start your creative process. We will draw, read, talk and walk and look around. We will make small illustrated books inspired by the world around us. 

Author and illustrator Dasha will share how to combine words and images, how to look at your story as a whole, how to successfully use pacing and page turns, and how to finish a project. You do not need to know how to draw to enroll in this workshop - but you do need to be excited to create images that tell stories. Please bring drawing materials you would like to use and may want to share with others.

Email info@sprucetoninn.com or call 518-989-6404 to reserve your place. We’ll take a 50% deposit via credit card upon booking. Registration officially closes July 1st, if not sooner once it’s full! 8 participants maximum.

Dasha Tolstikova is a writer and illustrator. Originally from Moscow, Russia, she is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author/illustrator of the award winning graphic memoir
A YEAR WITHOUT MOM. Dasha also illustrated THE JACKET, by Kirsten Hall (New York Times Review Notable book of 2014); IF A T-REX CRASHES YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY, by Jill Esbaum; FRIEND OR FOE, by John Sobol; and VIOLET AND THE WOOF, by Rebecca Grabill (Fall 2018). Currently, Dasha is hard at work on her new book CHAIR (Groundwood, Fall 2020) - her debut as a picture book author! When not at her desk, Dasha enjoys spending time with her dog Muffin.

SCHEDULE:

SUNDAY

2pm check-in @ Room One

2-4pm intro to workshop @ Barn

4-6pm individual work/ planning out projects

6-8pm group BBQ cook out & bar open @ Room One

MONDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30am-12:30pm group hike/draw

1-2pm catered lunch @ Barn

2-6pm workshop/ individual work time/ check in with Dasha

6-8pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

TUESDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30am-12:30pm workshop @ Barn

1-2pm catered lunch @ Barn

2-6pm workshop/ individual work time/ check in with Dasha

6-8pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

WEDNESDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30am-12:30pm presentations @ Barn

1pm check out

RATE: $675

Rate includes overnight accommodation at the Inn for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights, complimentary morning coffee, Monday and Tuesday lunch, and all workshop/lesson time.

Live in the area and don’t need overnight accommodations? That rate is $200 and includes Monday and Tuesday lunch and all workshop/lesson time.

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POLISH, PITCH, & PUBLISH WITH MICHELLE LEGRO & RACHEL Carter / AUGUST 11TH-13TH

Rachel and Michelle will work with you to develop a piece of literary nonfiction for publication in a magazine or acceptance by a literary agent. As professional editors, they’ll provide feedback on your work, discussing craft elements such as structure, pacing, voice, tone, dialogue, and more. This three-day workshop includes a lecture on craft, a Q&A session, one-on-one crits, and lectures about the state of magazine and book publishing. Get inside tips on how to find an agent, how to talk to an editor, and how to write a query or pitch letter. Discuss current trends in digital media, as well as what you can expect during the editorial process. Find out what publications want, how to work with an editor or agent, and how to pitch yourself as the best person for the job. ‘

7 participants maximum. Attendees will send in a 2000-4000 word piece of memoir or literary nonfiction a month before the workshop and will receive a crit and (short!) memo on this piece of writing upon arrival.

Email info@sprucetoninn.com or call 518-989-6404 to reserve your place. We’ll take a 50% deposit via credit card upon booking. Registration officially closes July 1st, if not sooner once it’s full!

Rachel Carter is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. She holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Champlain College, and Southern New Hampshire University, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New Republic, The Faster Times, and Booktrib. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and works as a freelance editor.

Michelle Legro is an editor who has worked for publications such as Topic, Longreads, The New Republic, Columbia Journalism Review, and Lapham's Quarterly. Her own writing has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, and Guernica. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing.

SCHEDULE:

SUNDAY

11-12pm check-in @ Room One

12-3pm workshop @ Barn: Craft lecture and discussion with Michelle and Rachel

3-5pm individual writing time / free time

5-8pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

MONDAY

8:30-9:30 am coffee @ Room One

9:30am-10:30am workshop @ Barn (Q&A / career paths discussion)

10:30-12:30pm one-on-one meetings and individual writing time

12:30-1:30pm catered lunch @ Barn

1:30-3:30pm one-on-one meetings and individual writing time

3:30-5pm workshop @ Barn Lecture about book publishing and the state of the market (Rachel)

5-8pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

TUESDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30-11am workshop and discussion @ Barn Lecture about pitching editors and the magazine industry

12pm check out

RATE: $550

Rate includes overnight accommodation at the Inn for Sunday and Monday nights, complimentary morning coffee, Monday lunch, and all workshop/lesson time.

Interested in sharing a room with a friend or joining only for the daytime workshops? Just ask and hopefully we can arrange something!

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WRITE YOUR HEART OUT WITH STEPHEN FOREMAN / SEPTEMBER 22ND-24TH

Learn to write from the inside out, bringing the heart of your story alive. Fiction and non-fiction welcome, all levels welcome. Workshop includes presentations, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and plenty of writing time.

9 participants maximum. Attendees will send in a 2000-4000 word piece of memoir or literary nonfiction a month before the workshop and will receive feedback on this piece of writing upon arrival.

Email info@sprucetoninn.com or call 518-989-6404 to reserve your place. We’ll take a 50% deposit via credit card upon booking. Registration officially closes August 1st, if not sooner once it’s full!

Stephen Foreman is the author of the novels Watching Gideon, Toehold, and Journey as well as several screenplays. A rebel academic who went to Morgan then Yale, he skipped out to Hollywood for a wild ride in the 70s then moved to the Catskills where he’s been based for the past thirty-eight years.

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

11-12pm check-in @ Room One

12-4pm workshop @ Barn

4-7pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

MONDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30am-11:30am workshop @ Barn

11:30-12:30 one-on-one meetings and individual writing time

12:30-1:30pm catered lunch @ Barn

2:30-4pm workshop @ Barn

4-7pm bar open and bonfire @ Room One

TUESDAY

8:30-9:30am coffee @ Room One

9:30-11am workshop @ Barn

RATE: $550

Rate includes overnight accommodation at the Inn for Sunday and Monday nights, complimentary morning coffee, Monday lunch, and all workshop/lesson time.

Interested in sharing a room with a friend or joining only for the daytime workshops? Just ask and hopefully we can arrange something!