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The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership is pleased to announce  the continuation of our Master Class – Writers’ Retreat. Our first retreat in August of 2010 was a huge success! Join us for a unique opportunity to obtain the skills and inspiration  necessary to successfully publish both your fiction and nonfiction works!




Women are underrepresented as authors and opinion writers. In a long weekend of writing instruction, inspiration, and one-on-one critique, participants gain fundamental knowledge of: developing, marketing and pitching works of fiction and non-fiction.


Surprisingly, many otherwise talented writers have never been taught the basic skill of organizing their material – their narrative or their argument – along the lines of a coherent and clear outline. The outline is the scaffolding for all good and marketable writing and teaching retreatants to apply an outline method clarifies their work for publication, whether the text in question is as short as a 700 word op-ed or as substantial as a 100,000 word book.

Topics covered:

  • Jumpstart your creativity
  • how to create a winning book proposal.
  • how to connect with an agent.
  • how the publishing cycle works.
  • how to identify a winning idea.


Women writers of all ages who wish to get their voice out and who are interested in getting published. This retreat is for both fiction and nonfiction authors.



We are privileged to have this special retreat led by bestselling authors Barbara Victor and Christina Baker Kline.

Barbara Victor is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for most of her career.  She worked for CBS television for fifteen years, has worked at U.S. News and World Report, Elle, Femme and Madame Figaro.  She was the first person to interview Moammar Ghadaffi after the American bombing of Libya in 1986, and has interviewed many major political figures in the U.S. and the Middle East.  Barbara is the author of five novels and seven non-fiction books.

Christina Baker Kline is the author of four novels, including, most recently, Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.  She is co-editor, with Anne Burt, of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror and co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism.  She has edited two other anthologies: Child of Mine and Room to Grow. She has taught creative writing and literature at Yale, NYU, Drew, and UVA, and is currently Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University. She is an editor on staff at the social networking site SheWrites and lives outside of New York City.  Her blog is A Writing Life: Notes on Craft & the Creative Process.



Tuition : $495

Room & Board: $100 per night

The Woodhull Institute has made a commitment to women regardless of economic background.
For information on need-based scholarships, payment plans, and discounts:

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Please contact Program Coordinator, Rebecca Marcus, at RMarcus@woodhull.org or at 646-435-0837 with any questions.