Algonkian Novel Workshop
Algonkian Park, Virginia (September 4 to 8)
story arc: Analyze great works, both classic and contemporary, to help refine your own style. Promising book proposals will be sent to literary agents.
between chapters: Kayak the Potomac or hike through Great Falls Park, 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. Students dine together at different restaurants each night.
the setting: Individual cottages with fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and river views.
the details: 703/281-4426; www.webdelsol.com/Algonkian; $685, including course materials, breakfast, and lunch.
Spring Time Writers' Retreat
Lyons, Colorado (various dates in August and September)
story arc: Instructor Kathleen Spring's four-day workshop in the Rockies emphasizes journal writing and meditation as the paths to unearthing compelling stories.
between chapters: Ride horseback through the pines or relax with a wrap at the spa.
the setting: Themed rooms—Native American, Egyptian—in an intimate mountainside lodge.
the details: 303/823-0997; www.springtimewriters.com; $475, including classes and all meals but not other activities or treatments.
Britain (various dates and locations through November)
story arc: Some of the U.K.'s best-known writers (Joanne Harris, A. L. Kennedy) discuss prose in the English and Scottish countryside.
between chapters: Wander heathered highlands and pastures; prepare and enjoy evening meals with your colleagues.
the setting: Choose from a traditional croft house in the Scottish Highlands, an 18th-century stone residence in West Yorkshire, or a pre-Domesday manor house in Devon.
the details: 44-1409/231-338; www.arvonfoundation.org; six-day course $567, including classes and dinner.