Writing from the Mountains-A Weekend Workshop with Appalachia Journal

Date and Time

Friday, December 1, 2017 6:00PM - Sunday, December 3, 2017 4:00PM


Cardigan Lodge,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.


Writers of all levels and interests, join the mountains with the landscape of your writing ideas at rustic Cardigan Lodge, with Appalachia journal Editor Christine Woodside and two of our best writers, Sandy Stott and Lucille Stott. Many writers already realize that their work is not merely an indoor, sedentary pursuit but that the best ideas come in a flash while we are doing other things that have nothing to do with writing. The mountains can deliver this flash. We will help you find it and write it. This workshop is for writers of all levels-anyone who wants to use the backcountry as a way to tell human stories. Itinerary: Friday night: Family Style Dinner at 6 pm followed by an overview of the weekend after dinner. Saturday: Finding the Story. We will venture, together and solo, onto the trails of Cardigan, opening our minds to what might come-as Brenda Ueland wrote, walking not grimly as an exercise regimen, but "where your imagination is leading you to see how life can be better. Sunday: Telling the story. We will spend a bit more time in a workshop. Using our trail experiences, we will identify goals and hone writing techniques. Christine Woodside has been the editor of Appalachia for almost nine years. She started her journalism career in 1981 and has hiked thousands of miles with others and solo in the Northeast, including her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1987. Her essays in Appalachia include "Alone With Wolves," "Four Quartets and Eight Legs," and her editor's column, "The Long Way Home." She edited the Appalachia anthology, No Limits But the Sky, published in 2014. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut. Sandy Stott is the Accidents editor of Appalachia and was editor of the journal from 1990-2000. He taught English for many years at Concord Academy and has spent most of his life exploring the trails of Mount Cardigan. His essays for Appalachia include his editor's column 1990-1999, "View from the Oregon Ridge," "Looking Up," and "Night News." He lives in Brunswick, Maine. Lucille Stott, an English teacher, editor, and writer, was editor of Appalachia from 2000 to 2006 and remains a contributing editor. "Wild Katahdin," her most recent article for Appalachia, appeared in the Summer/Fall 2016 issue. During the 1990s, she wrote the column "AMC People" for AMC Outdoors while serving as editor and managing editor at Community Newspaper Company, based in Needham, Massachusetts. Her essays have been published in American Spirit, Orion Afield, Sojourner, GC New England, Crazy Quilt journal, and Italian Cooking and Living. A resident of Brunswick, Maine, she teaches writing and critical reading at Southern Maine Community College.

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Starting at:

Adult: $259 member / $289 non-member
*Rates include: Instruction, all meals from Friday dinner-Sunday lunch

Driving Directions

Address to enter into GPS: 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222 (43.649° N, 71.876° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to Rt. 104 West (Exit 23, New Hampton, N.H.). 2. Take Rt. 104 West for 6 miles to Rt. 3A North in Bristol, N.H. 3. Follow directions below from Bristol. From New York City, Hartford, CT, or western MA: 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to I-89 South (VT Exit 10S). 3. Take I-89 South to Rt. 4 East (NH Exit 17). 4. Take Rt. 4 East for 25 miles to Danbury, N.H. 5. In Danbury, take Rt. 104 East for 5.5 miles. 6. Turn left onto Cass Mill Road and go about 3.5 miles. 7. Turn right onto Washburn Road. 8. Cross a bridge, then take the first left onto Mount Cardigan Road. 9. Follow Bristol directions below, starting with number 7. From Bristol, N.H.: 1. Take Rt. 3A North toward Plymouth for 2.1 miles. 2. Turn left onto West Shore Road at the blinking light (Our Lady of Grace stone church is on the far left corner). 3. Proceed 1.9 miles and then go straight onto Cardigan Mountain Road where West Shore Road turns right. 4. Go 1 mile on Cardigan Mountain Road, then turn left onto North Road. 5. Go 1 mile on North Road, then right onto Washburn Road in Alexandria, N.H. 6. Go 200 yards and bear right onto Mount Cardigan Road. 7. Follow Mount Cardigan Road for 3.6 miles, and stay left at the intersection with Brook Road. 8. Take Shem Valley Road 1.5 miles to Cardigan Lodge (stay right at the fork in the road at 100 yards). For safety, please observe the posted speed limit of 30 MPH on these rural residential roads with gravel surfaces. Approximate driving times to Cardigan Times may vary greatly depending on driving style, traffic, and road conditions: • From Bristol, twenty-five minutes. • From Boston, two and a half hours. • From New York, six hours.

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Adults (18+)