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 week-long 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.



Everybody Has a Story

Memoir creatively spins the stuff of one’s personal life into a story.  This is a three-part process:  first hearing, then trusting, and finally shaping one’s own voice into a compelling narrative.  Through a series of writing prompts and class feedback, students in the memoir workshop will be guided and supported as they craft their own stories. During the week we’ll look at ways to give ourselves “permission” to tell our stories, we’ll look at some of the road blocks we put up (I’m too busy, I’m not a writer, I can’t write about that or my family will kill me, how can I possibly  remember all that? etc) and we’ll act as sounding boards for each other.  Writing, by its very nature, is a solitary activity.  This workshop will provide the community and nurture, and indeed the fun, that makes it all a little less lonely, and a lot more inspiring.  Everybody has a story. My job as your instructor is to coax yours out, to guide and support you, and give you feedback—both in class, and in private one-on-one consultation. Selections from recently published memoirs will be assigned for class discussion on occasion, and will be available all week to borrow.  Students need not have a story in mind when they come to class, but they should expect to leave with one or two or more by week’s end.

About Jeanne McCulloch:

Jeanne McCulloch is a former managing editor of The Paris Review, senior editor of Tin House, and the founding Editorial Director of Tin House Books.  She is the co-founder and co-director of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop.  Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, O Magazine, Allure, The Northwestern Review, and other publications.  Her memoir All Happy Families was published by HarperWave/Harper Collins in August, 2018. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Beautiful, uplifting, secluded, Staunton Hill provides the ideal setting for contemplation and production. The handsomely appointed property features charming ensuite bedrooms, salt water pool and woodland walking trails. Staunton Hill is a private home where you will be treated like a valued guest. 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 October and become the writer you’ve always wanted to be!

All Inclusive Fee: $4,000

  • Welcome reception
  • Prepared meals at Hamlett House, SH’s charming retreat center
  • After dinner gatherings, writing prompts
  • Workshop sessions and one-on-one mentoring with Jeanne
  • Gala drinks and dinner in the main house Saturday Night
  • Readings
  • Accommodation in Staunton Hill’s beautifully appointed bedrooms

To ensure your place is reserved please send us a 50% deposit.

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

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

CANCELLATION, PAYMENT SCHEDULE, LIABILITY POLICIES: To hold your place: 50% deposit of tuition/accommodations amount due by July 31, 2019. Total payment is due by August. 20, 2019. Payment is non-refundable from Sept. 1 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.