Workshops, Symposia, Exhibitions



Do you feel you have a story to tell, but never the time or space to do it? Treat yourself to a weekend workshop at Staunton Hill, an elegant Gothic revival house in the Virginia countryside. Here you will find an inspirational refuge—a place to shut out the cares of everyday life—and write.



Donna M. Lucey’s workshop (May 3-5) is designed both for those who have always wanted to write, but haven’t yet put pen to paper, and more experienced writers who are interested in working on craft, language, pace and character development. The workshops are intentionally kept small, having six to ten participants in total.

With the focus on memoir, Donna will work individually with writers on short, self-contained personal essays, or longer works in process. The workshop will examine the overarching shape and conception of an essay. The author’s “point of entry,” and how choice of language, tone, structure, voice and detail support or undermine the work, will also be explored.

Donna is a biographer whose books include Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, the New York Times bestselling Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age and the award-winning Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron. Lucey’s work as a photo editor and writer has appeared in Time-Life Books, National Geographic Books, People, The New York Times Magazine, Garden and Gun, and Smithsonian. She was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, served as a 2017 writer-in-residence at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, and has written a feature-length screenplay based on her Montana book.

Beautiful, uplifting, secluded, Staunton Hill provides the ideal setting for contemplation and production. The handsomely appointed property features luxurious ensuite bedrooms, salt water pool and woodland walking trails. Staunton Hill’s legendary hospitality is reflected in the superlative accommodations and cuisine offered. Experience this unique place where natural and manmade beauty align to create a backdrop that replenishes the soul and inspires the mind.

Join us in May and become the writer you’ve always wanted to be!


  • All meals
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner at Hamlett House, SH’s charming retreat center
  • After dinner program with writing prompts
  • Guided sessions plus individual, one-on-one mentoring with Donna
  • Gala drinks and dinner in the main house Saturday Night
  • Readings
  • Accommodation in Staunton Hill’s beautifully appointed bedrooms

Make checks payable to:
SH 48
Staunton Hill
1100 Magnolia Lane
Brookneal, VA 24528


Phone: 434-376-1848 | Email: ssargent@stauntonhillcenter.org

Friday, May 3, 2019

Arrive: 4:00 PM
Reception: 6:00 PM
Supper: 7:00 PM
Introductory program: 8:30 PM

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Breakfast: 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Morning session: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Afternoon session: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Wine at Director’s cottage: 6:00 PM
Dinner in SH Dining Room: 7:00 PM
Readings in SH Drawing Room: 8:30 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Breakfast: 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Morning session: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Closing program: 2:00 to 3:00 PM


CANCELLATION, PAYMENT SCHEDULE, LIABILITY POLICIES: To hold your place: 50% deposit of tuition/accommodations amount due by Apr. 10, 2019. Total payment is due by Apr. 20, 2019. Payment is non-refundable from Apr. 21, 2019 onwards. In emergencies, we will work with attendees to arrange a rain-check for a future workshop. To cancel a reservation prior to your scheduled arrival, please email ssargent@stauntonhillcenter.org or call (434) 376-1848.

No shows are non-refundable and non transferable.

If a workshop is canceled you will receive a full refund. The Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production is not responsible for any travel related fees if your workshop is canceled.

Upon submitting payment, you hold the Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production free from any liability in the event of loss or accidental injury.