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The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Woodstock, NY


August 22 – 29th & Aug. 29th – Sept. 5, 2016


The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, now in its 25th year, returns to Woodstock this summer for workshops plus a one-week retreat. The fiction/nonfiction workshops run August 22nd – 29th followed by a retreat with writing exercises and individual tutorials from August 29th - September 5.

Writers may participate in one or both weeks. NYU teachers  and authors Maureen Brady and Martha Hughes lead workshops and exercises, along with Prix de Rome winner, Aaron Hamburger, who joins the faculty again this summer. 

Martha Hughes founded the Peripatetic on Shelter Island in 1991 as a gathering place for writers in need of a quiet time and place for writing, plus a caring and constructive assessment of their work by editors and peers. In keeping with its name, the Peripatetic moves freely from state to state and country to country, holding workshops in such diverse locations as Achill Island, Ireland; Anna Maria Island, Florida; Antigua, Guatemala; Siracusa, Sicily; and Verona, Italy.

What remains the same year after year is the stimulating atmosphere and warm camaraderie created by a serious group of writers sharing work and writing concerns.

Woodstock is an historic art colony 100 miles north of New York City, with the Catskill Mountains as its backdrop. Access is easy by bus and train from NYC. A car is not necessary for participants.


"They gave great, individualized advice based upon our needs. it surprised me that teachers responding to other people's writing could be so much of a teaching tool....I found the advice valuable in places where I was having difficulty, which helped me to move forward." Mitzi Dorton, Woodstock, 2015 


This is truly a working writers' workshop with group critiques and exercises, which advance the work and refresh participants' skills.”
John Soebbing. AMI, Fla., Jan. 2015.


I loved the writing assignments….a good balance between them and critiques...also, the interesting mix of writers.”
Judy Allen, AMI, Jan. 2014


Everyone had constructive comments and there was a sense that we wanted everyone to succeed.”
Linda Peng, Verona, Italy, July 2014