Frederick, Maryland - Master Class

Saturday, April 6 - Friday, April 12

Registration closes on Friday, March 29, 2019


Craft your Novel with Gary Schmidt and Kathy Erskine
Special Guests: Patricia Lee Gauch and Rick Margolis

Join Award-Winning authors Gary Schmidt and Kathy Erskine for a six-day, rustic writing retreat that explores plot, characters, setting and more. Former Philomel VP and award-winning editor Patricia Lee Gauch and literary agent and former executive editor of School Library Journal Rick Margolis will join us mid-week.

At night, writers will bunk-up, camp-style, in two rustic cottages. Savor the country setting of this cozy retreat center complete with: leisurely walks, an herb garden, and a former dairy barn.


Adventures while writing

Take a break from writing and participate in an unique activity: tea and honey tastings, tincture and salve classes, mindfulness, yoga and more.



We are situated near lovely, historic, Frederick, MD, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Piedmont area.

Cozy Cabins

Writers will stay in two houses. Each house has multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and a complete kitchen.