Readers and Writers Retreats

April 26-27, 2014

The Best Stories Are True

Join us for an intensive writers workshop at Castle Hill, a private eighteenth-century estate in Virginia horse country. At our retreats, small groups of aspiring writers work one-on-one with published, award-winning authors to develop powerful personal essays. Participants have the opportunity to think and work amid the splendor of the gardens and grounds of a fabled historic estate that is rich in literary tradition. With the comedic writing talents of Jenny Gardiner and Ad Hudler, we will be focusing this workshop on writing our stories through the lens of humor.


Jenny Gardiner

Jenny Gardiner is the author of the award-winning novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver; the memoir Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me; the novels Slim to None (#1 bestseller on Kindle); Anywhere but Here; Where the Heart Is; the essay collection Naked Man on Main Street, and Accidentally on Purpose and Compromising Positions (writing as Erin Delany); and is a contributor to the humorous dog anthology I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship. Her work has been found in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR’s Day to Day. She and her family live in Virginia.


Ad Hudler

Ad Hudler is a stay-at-home dad who has written four novels, all of them published by Random House His debut title, Househusband, was translated into multiple languages and nominated for book of the year in several library systems nationwide, including Salt Lake City and Akron, OH. The book attracted much media attention, including spots in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and Fortune. Ad’s second novel, Southern Living, was a SIBA best-seller, a regional bestseller and a One Book, One Community choice for the state of South Carolina. His fourth and most recent novel, Man of the House, which is the sequel to Househusband, was deemed “required reading” by The New York Post and is the July selection for the Pulpwood Queen’s worldwide group of 269 book clubs.



The price for this event is $500 and includes a gourmet lunch both days. To register, please contact Stewart Humiston and include your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited to 10 individuals so we encourage you to register early.

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