Writing from the Mountains-A Weekend Workshop with Appalachia Journal

Date and Time

Friday, December 6, 2019 6:00PM - Sunday, December 8, 2019 4:00PM


Cardigan Lodge,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


Writers of all levels and interests, join the mountains with the landscape of your writing ideas, with Appalachia journal Editor Christine Woodside and two of our best writers and 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 since 2007. She started her journalism career in 1981 and has hiked thousands of miles with others and solo, mostly in the East, including her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Her essays in Appalachia include "Fear of Rattlesnakes," "Four Quartets and Eight Legs" about T.S. Eliot and her AT thru-hike, and her editor's column, "The Long Way Home." She edited two Appalachia anthologies, New Wilderness Voices and No Limits but the Sky. 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 White Mountain trails, with a special affinity for Mount Cardigan and its companion ridges. His book, Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains, was published by University Press of New England in 2017, and his essays appear in Senior Hiker and online in "The Roost" and "I Run Far." Lucille Stott was editor of Appalachia from 2000 to 2006 and remains a contributing editor. During the 1990s, she wrote the column "AMC People" for AMC Outdoors while serving as editor and managing editor at Community Newspaper Company. She was the project editor for Where You'll Find Me: Risks, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova, by Ty Gagne and her book, Saving Thoreau's Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $266 member / $298 non-member
*Instruction, all meals from Friday dinner - Lunch on Sunday

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Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)