Rookwood Inn Launches Retreats for Writing Memoirs 

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Amy Lindner-Lesser


You know you have a million great stories to tell, but you’re not sure how to get going, or how to organize the stories into a coherent narrative. You want to share your life’s highs and lows with others, whether just friends and family or the whole wide world, but you’re not sure what to include and what to leave out. You know how to write your story descriptively and chronologically, but you’d like to think creatively about using narrative techniques like flashback, internal monologue, dialogue and detail to bring the reader along with you into the most powerful scenes of your life. You want the support and encouragement of a circle of women all working together to bring out the best in each other’s writing.

Spark your creative fires while enjoying the hospitality of the beautiful Lenox Rookwood Inn.  Find new entries into the story of your life in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Bring your memoir in progress, your ideas, or just your enthusiasm to these intensive weekend writing workshops that will provide structure and support for a memoirist in any stage of the writing journey, from working with the initial concept of the memoir to fine-tuning the details and narrative arc.


There will be time for individual writing, and each participant will have a chance to share and receive constructive feedback from the group, carefully designed to build confidence and enthusiasm. The weekend will conclude with optional one-on-one sessions with the workshop leader, along with the opportunity to create an action plan supported by regular coaching and developmental editing that will ensure you continue to give your memoir the attention it deserves. We have scheduled three weekends, each different. Select any one, two or all three.

Your Workshop Leader

Jennifer Browdy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University, specializing in contemporary autobiographies and personal narratives by women from around the world. She has taught writing at the college level for more than 25 years, trained in the creative Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking methodology used at her home institution, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies.  

The Founding Director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an organization aimed at nourishing and supporting the creative expression of women of all ages and from many walks of life, Jennifer is an accomplished and experienced journalist, blogger, editor and teacher of writing. Her own memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation, will be published in 2016 by Green Fire Press.

Weekend Writing Retreats
(June 5 – 7, 2015; September 25 – 27, 2015 & January 15-17, 2016)

Retreats include Friday night welcome reception (BYOB), breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday and Sunday, breaks, and instruction. All inclusive rate of $718.25 per person for a standard room or $835.50 for a deluxe room per person; add $467 per weekend for a second per (commuter fee is $425/weekend; limited commuter slots). Discounts for early bird registration and multiple weekends. There will also be an optional Saturday night dinner with entertainment.

Call us at 800.223.9750 to register.



Marathon Reading of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Amy Lindner-Lesser

Edith Wharton's home The Mount

Edith Wharton’s home The Mount

On February 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm readers of all ages are invited to experience a New England classic literary piece in a new way at the second annual marathon reading of Ethan Frome. This classic Edith Wharton novella was based on a true sledding accident which occurred on the hill in front of The Rookwood Inn.

On Saturday, February 22nd, Edith Wharton’s cozy Drawing Room will come alive with readers making Wharton’s story come to life in the very house where she wrote it. Peer out the windows upon the snowy Berkshire landscape where she gleaned inspiration for the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts! Spend the night at The Rookwood Inn and view the actual hill where the accident occurred.

Visitors are encouraged to drop by the Mount for a chapter or two, or stay for the full reading. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.

If you’d like to lend your voice to this exciting program, please contact Kelsey Mullen at 413-551-5110 or as soon as possible. For room reservations, pleae call us at The Rookwood Inn at 800.223.9750 or book online at

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