The Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild in Maryland

100_2539The Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild in Maryland is a community of multi-genre writers that meets at various sites outside 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 working weekends throughout the year 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.

2017 CLASS DATES:  

March 17-19 at Welcome Home Farm in Manchester, MD  July 28-30 and Nov. 10-12 Locations TBA

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 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. Writers will work on their own until about 4:30pm when we will gather again to discuss what we got done and to read to each other if we choose. Class runs 11-6pm and tuition is $125 for the day. 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 $125 for each day, $250 for the Sat and Sun workshops together and $375 for the whole 3-day weekend.

Please note, as of 2017 a $50 non-refundable deposit will be required at registration. To register please drop Max an email at hollowdeckpress@mac.com. Registration is limited. New students will receive driving directions and information on local accommodations and B&Bs that are close to the location for the weekend classes.

Please Note: The closest hotels to Welcome Home Farm are in Hunt Valley MD, a 30 min drive from the farm.

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_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.