Write Your Memoir

Come on in! Write Your Memoir!

Enter Kirkwood House and find your story.

Enter Kirkwood House and find your story.

You arrive at the Kirkwood House, a Victorian retreat house in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York, to find friends, fellow writers, and a new perspective on your life journey.

You start the day with yoga, attend writing workshops, write from creative prompts, and share your writing with fellow writers. You find time to walk, chat, write, and dine with new friends in a quiet, beautiful country setting.  

Join Mary Beth Coudal for a three-day, two-night retreat weekend. Be inspired as you write your memoir from June 13 to 15, 2014 at Kirkwood Retreat House.


The sun room is full of light, a perfect place to write.

The sun room is full of light, a perfect place to write.

As a participant, you will:

  • Share, celebrate, and critique great writing.
  • Read from your work in progress.

    Kirkwood House in Cornwall-on-Hudson

    Kirkwood House in Cornwall-on-Hudson

  • Enjoy delicious, farm-fresh meals.
  • Attend a yoga class.


At the end of the weekend, you will have:

  • Created a community of supportive writers.
  • Written chapters of your memoir.
  • Found threads of meaning in seemingly random moments of your life.
  • Discovered the next steps to continue the good writing work.



These deer wish they could write so they could join our writing weekend!

These deer wish they could write so they could join our writing weekend!

When & Where

Any one of the pretty private rooms at Kirkwood is perfect for writing

Any one of the  private rooms at Kirkwood is perfect for writing.

Kirkwood House, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Begins: Friday, June 13th at 2:00 pm

Ends: Sunday, June 15th at 1:00 pm.  

Overnight & Commuter Packages

Dorm in a pretty private room: $330

Commute for the weekend: $230

Prices include all meals from Friday teatime to Sunday brunch.


This retreat is open to the experienced, casual, and reluctant writer. The weekend is led by Mary Beth Coudal, who owns and operates the Writers’

Sit for a while and write your spiritual autobiography.

Sit for a while and share your story.


Boot Camp East. Coudal was formerly the staff writer for the General Board of Global Ministries and the senior writer for United Methodist Women.

Mary Beth is a blogger whose personal essays have been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine. She believes in the power of dangerous and authentic writing to transform lives.  She may be reached by email at bootcamp4writers@gmail.com.




Cancellation Policy

As part of our efforts to maintain small class sizes, we request a commitment to the space reserved for you upon registration. Thus, if you need to cancel or transfer a workshop for any reason, the following refund schedule applies.


Two to four weeks before class start:
100% refund available

One week before class start:
50% refund available

48 hours or less before class start:
No refunds available

If you have any questions or concerns about the policy, please feel free to contact us.