Writing Retreat “Risk More, Write Better”

Risk More, Write Better: Overcoming fear (of everything) on and off the page

November 8-10, 2019


In this empowering writing retreat, novelist Courtney Maum (Costalegre, I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You) and celebrated cookbook author Alana Chernila (The Homemade Pantry, Eating from the Ground Up) will help writers of all levels identify the emotional blocks that are keeping them from accessing their best (and bravest!) work. This intimate, supportive conference is open to writers from all disciplines, at any stage of their careers.

The weekend will begin with cocktails and dinner, where Courtney and Alana will:

– Talk about the role risk plays in writing

– Identify a fear that’s holding each person back, and game out how we can conquer that fear over the weekend

– Help attendees build up and sustain a literary community and support each other

– Set a goal for the weekend, and set another goal to be accomplished within the next six months

Attendees will have one-on-one consultations with Alana and Courtney on Saturday.  You’ll have ample time to write and reflect on your work and explore the charming town of Norfolk and the surrounding area.

How to apply:

Please send a short statement of intent (up to 250 words) to writingretreats@manorhouse-norfolk.com. Let us know what you hope to gain from the retreat. Is there a specific project you’ll be working on, or a fear you’d like to overcome? Have you participated in any group writing retreats before? Include a short bio if you have one, and/or a link to your website. Also, please share your contact information including phone number and preferred pronouns.


King Suite                $775 per person (single occupancy)
Queen Suite             $740 per person (single occupancy)
Deluxe Rm               $700 per person (single occupancy)
The above prices includes 2 nights accommodations at the Manor House Inn, 2 delicious, full breakfasts, and Friday night cocktail reception and dinner.  If you’d like additional writing time, you can extend your stay for a 3rd night at a reduced rate.

Alana Chernila- Bio

Alana Chernila writes, cooks, teaches cooking and cheesemaking, and blogs at EatingFromTheGroundUp.com. She’s been a featured contributor for numerous publications and websites, including Yankee Magazine, Martha Stewart Living,
Parents, Culture, Taproot, Fine Cooking, and Food52.com. She is the author of three books: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making, The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure, which was nominated for an IACP award, and Eating From the Ground Up: Recipes for Simple, Perfect Vegetables. She lives with her husband and daughters in western Massachusetts. Learn more about Alana on her website eatingfromthegroundup.com.


Courtney Maum- bio

Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novels Costalegre (Tin House Books, 2019), Touch (Putnam, 2017), and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You (Touchstone, 2014), and the handbook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, forthcoming from Catapult in 2020. Her writing has been widely published in such outlets as BuzzFeed; the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; and Modern Loss. She is the founder of the learning collaborative, The Cabins, and also works as a product and cosmetic shade namer from her home in Connecticut. Learn more about Courtney on her website courtneymaum.com.



Questions?  Contact us at writingretreats@manorhouse-norfolk.com or (860) 542-5690.