The Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild in Maryland

The Sophia Center in MarylandThe Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild in Maryland is a community of multi-genre writers that meets at The Firedrake Center for the Arts, a community arts center located at Welcome Home Farm, a 45 acre farm just north Baltimore, Maryland. The Guild exists to provide support for working writers in the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., and Pennsylvania area. In a series of three working weekends held in April, June/July and November, we gather to reconnect, discuss our work, write together and offer one another constructive, useful, honest and skillful feedback. We are a supportive, fun-loving, non-competitive community. We are committed to using the full range of our intelligence and creativity to help one another move the work forward, and to help each author keep their practice active. We believe in feedback, not in opinion, and that laughter and mutual respect are the lifeblood of our community. To see dates of upcoming classes, please visit our Calendar page.

2016 CLASS DATES:  April 22-24, June 24-26, Nov. 11-13, 2016

The Friday Retreat is designed to allow writers to begin their writing weekend with a quiet day dedicated to reconnecting with their work. We gather at the farm at 11am and lay our our writing plans for the day. What do you want to work on? As we go around the circle Max will set each writer up with some customized exercises and experiments. Once we each have a plan for the day writers will be free to grab their writing supplies and choose a quiet place of their own to do their work. You might choose to sit outside in the sun by the old stone wall, or on a bench by the pond or in the farmhouse by a roaring fire. Writers will work on their own until about 5:30pm when we will gather again to discuss what we got done and to read to each other if we choose. Class runs 11-7pm and tuition is $80 You are welcome to attend the Friday Retreat on its own, or to use it as a start to your Saturday/Sunday Workshop and make it a whole weekend of writing.

The Weekend Workshop runs Saturday and Sunday, from 1-6pm. In this weekend workshop we will continue our on-going work of talking and writing together, generating new ideas, investigating new themes and calling our most passionate work up to the surface of our lives. These sessions give us the chance to recommit to ourselves as writers and find ways to go deeper into our writing practice, whether we are working with memory, observation or imagination. Through conversation, in-class exercises, laughter and silence, we will experiment with a range of forms to get started in finding (or finding our way back) to our lives as writers. The goal is to dive headlong into the ecstatic business of writing and to begin a writing practice that is deeply connected to the lives we already lead. Tuition is $105 for each day. A part of your tuition will be donated back to the Firedrake Center for the Arts and Welcome Home Farm, to help defray the cost of hosting us for the weekend. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required.

These weekend sessions are open to writers of any ability or genre. They offer the opportunity for on-going students to check-in and continue to pursue the projects they have underway, as well as welcoming new students into our community. Together we learn build skills, patterns and partnerships that sustain our work as writers. Join us as we each recommit to our writing practice and set up substantial and manageable goals for the year.

100_2539Welcome Home Farm is located in Northwest Baltimore County on 45 acres of land that has been placed in an easement and planted with native trees and warm season grasses for ground nesting birds. These beautiful acres also offer rolling fields, a spacious pond and stunning sunsets. Our weekend class sessions are held in the light-filled upper floor of a renovated barn, a place of wood, windows, peace and quiet.

A $50 deposit is required at registration. Class size is limited. For upcoming dates of weekend sessions, Please see our Calendar page. To register  Contact Max at Registration is limited. New students will receive driving directions and information on local accommodations and B&Bs that are close to The Sophia Center.

100_2598Private Editing and Coaching

For Maryland area writers who have specific books, concerns, ideas, manuscripts or projects Max will be available for a limited number of 1hr private sessions on Saturday and Sunday at The Sophia Center before and after the weekend class. This is a chance to review work, talk about a specific project, get in-depth feedback and/or strategize about how to keep going. To see more go to our Coaching and Editing page.