Readers and Writers Retreats

JUNE 29-30, 2013

The Best Stories Are True

On the weekend of June 29th, we hosted an intensive writers workshop at Castle Hill Farm in Keswick, Virginia. The workshop brought together aspiring writers for one-on-one tutelage with self-made digital author Jenny Gardiner and award-winning writer Donna Lucey.


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.

Donna Lucey

Donna M. Lucey is currently at work on a book about the lives of five extraordinary women painted by John Singer Sargent. Her most recent biography, Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age (Harmony Books), was a Finalist as the Best Work of Non-Fiction, as well as the People’s Choice Award, at the 2007 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her book, Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron, won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association award for the Best Work of Non-Fiction in 1991. Lucey was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on the Montana book.

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