New York

Mountains of Inspiration: A Writing Workshop in the Adirondacks

With the incredible Adirondacks as inspiration, learn important writing skills and techniques from experts while participating in daily classes and enjoying the great outdoors.
Program No. 24081RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Like hiking or paddling, becoming a successful writer has its challenges, gear and baggage. Not having the right tools can interfere with your journey, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. In the picturesque landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains, join professional writers in daily workshops that help refine your writing by dropping the extra “baggage” and focusing on the details that help direct your story. Get inspired by the tranquil nature that surrounds you on reflective hikes and canoeing adventures, and have the special opportunity to workshop your pieces with experts and a small group of your peers. By the end of your learning adventure, you’ll leave a little lighter by arming yourself with the proper gear, ready to take the next step on your writing journey.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture on beautiful hikes through the Adirondacks with stops along the way to write what inspires you.
  • Enhance both your technical skills and reflective writing techniques with professional writers during daily workshops.
  • Gain interesting feedback on your pieces from a small group of fellow writers dedicated to making your story the best it can be.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room.
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Mary Sanders Shartle
Mary Sanders Shartle is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. She is a member of “The Three Poets” who twice won the Adirondack Center for Writing Literary Award, and her poems have appeared in BlueLine and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Annually, she facilitates a literary book group in Galway, N.Y. for the New York Council on the Humanities. Mary teaches numerous writing workshops for adults and children, and is the author of “The Hermit: The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
by Anne Labastille
The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale
by Mary Sanders Shartle
Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold
Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold is the featured book for this program's book club. It is a work of environmental non-fiction set on Leopold's Wisconsin family farm.

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