Example: Summer Writing Retreat / Becket MA 2016

Discover Your Latest Writing And Your Love of French Cuisine!: A Weekend Writing Retreat in the Berkshires With Kendall Dudley and Henry Talberth

Friday July 22 to Monday 25, 2016

View of the Front

Renovated House in The Country!


Back 40!

Come write in a delightful setting 2 ¼ hours from Boston. Explore your writing in a relaxed though structured way fueled by sensory prompts, area walks, a French cooking lesson, wine tastings and the serendipity of being together. $500-$650

Option A: Come for Saturday events $195

Option B: Stay elsewhere and participate fully $325 : see http://www.writeyourvividjourney.com

New Kitchen

New Kitchen

Living Room

Living Room

  • Sustained periods to write your autobiography, short stories and /or chapters of a novel. Chances to reflect on the writing process and its place in your life.
  • Sensory prompts, scenario boxes, simple drawing, objects, photos and music will stimulate writing ideas and push creative edges.
  • Tastings of French and other wines selected by Henry Talberth to widen our palate and grape knowledge! A variety of non-alcoholic wonders are also available.
  • French cooking lesson Saturday evening led by Henry who cooked for vineyard harvest workers in Beaune, France for 7 years! (menu selections will be keyed to food preferences and allergies).
  • All meals at the house included
  • Renovated farmhouse has 6 bedrooms and 9 beds and 2.5 bathrooms
  • Cost: $500-$650 includes workshop fee, room, all food and wine at the house, cooking lesson and 5 French words a day!



Friday Afternoon writing session for those able to make it

Early Evening Welcome along with wine tasting and appetizers / Supper / Evening writing session

Saturday & Sunday:

Early morning coffee, optional walk, meditation and journaling / Breakfast / Morning writing session / Lunch / Break / Afternoon writing session / French cooking lesson and group preparation for evening meal / Wine tasting / Readings from the day’s writing

Sunday evening dinner may be at the house or at a local restaurant, depending on peoples’ preference


Early breakfast for those who have to leave / Breakfast / Writing and journaling session / Closing



  • While the weekend writing and meal times are planned, feel free to adjust your participation as you wish.
  • We are renting the house for 3 days—please come early Friday afternoon (1pm) and stay as late in the morning on Monday as you like (Noon).
  • Becket is a 2 ¼ hour drive West from Boston, Exit 2 off of the Mass Pike at Lee, MA / We will coordinate car pooling if you wish.
  • All linens are provided.
  • All are welcome to submit a selection of writing for a post-retreat publication.
  • Food: Tell us your food and drink preferences and we will arrange our shopping spree accordingly.
  • There are no pets or smoking allowed.
  • Payment: to reserve a space, please send a refundable check for $200 to: Kendall Dudley / 50 Grafton Street / Arlington MA 02474. Full payment of the balance of is due June 25. There can be no refunds after July 10 and only 50% refund between June 26 and July 10th.
  • Here are the fees based on room choice: (1) single with semi-private bath $650; (3) singles $600; (2) doubles $500 pp.
  • All payments will be refunded in case of cancellation by us.
  • All food at the house is included in the fee / Meals outside the house are not included.
  • Participants staying elsewhere are welcome to join us with a reduction in fee: $325 / Saturday only participants (w/o room) : $195
  • Please call Kendall with any questions! 781.640.9957 / lifeworksdesign@verizon.net


  • Henry Talberth is a writer, professional cook, wine expert, Francophile and dentist. Among his many capers, he spent 6 years cooking for crews harvesting grapes at IMG_6717Maison Alex Gambal in Burgundy. He travels incessantly to France and his stories of French life are so insightful and arresting, you’ll wish you’d been born there. Henry is currently working on an extended narrative based on his experiences in New Orleans.
  • Kendall Dudley is a writer, writing teacher and career & life design consultant interested in change and transformation in all forms. He believes that through writing, art and travel we are better able to step outside the habit of our lives and reveal the updated self. He teaches Creativity Lab at Arlington Center for the Arts, Life Story Photo on 6-8-16 at 7.00 PMWriting at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and runs many independent programs in Arlington. His writings appear in anthologies, online magazines and journals. His novel End of Speedway will be published in 2017. For more information, check out: writeyourvividjourney.com


Tuscany Imagined

Becket in Tuscany Imagined




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