The Washington Writer’s Retreat is a private writing workshop and residency in Mount Rainier, Maryland, a small town immediately adjacent to Washington, DC. Focused on the craft of writing, it’s a humble sanctuary for those developing new works, pursuing research, or completing projects. The retreat is nestled in a four-town arts district, with handfuls of studios and shops to explore. All the cultural resources of the nation’s capital are just a bus/metro trip or a bike ride away.
Set back from the tree-lined street, the house is full of small nooks. Comfortable chairs and tables are neatly situated near outlets and good lighting. The back deck, kitchen and dining room are convivial places to congregate. Wi-fi is available throughout the house and garden. The kitchen functions collectively and culinary feats are encouraged. The house is rarely without a bottle of good wine, and there is backgammon or Scrabble if you dare.
I can often be found on the front porch in the morning with tea and a journal, then at my desk toiling away, and later in the kitchen making soup. Being here allows me to develop my own craft while I teach and work on cultural projects in the region and beyond.
Look and listen to an artful audio slideshow about the retreat from the Daily Art Muse.