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Writing from Real Life

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Rd Greenwich, NY 12834
  • Apr 17 - 19, 2020 (3 days)

About This Event

Writing from Real Life--A Weekend Workshop with writer/storyteller Judah Leblang

This weekend workshop is designed for writers at all levels--whether you think of yourself as a "writer" or not--and for anyone with the desire to take pieces of their life experience and to share them with others.

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In this interactive, hands-on small group experience, we will:

Share snapshots of our life journeys as gay and bisexual men

Read excerpts from established writers— including gay writers such as Augusten Burroughs and Kevin Sessums

Loosen up your writing muscles through a series of fun exercises

Get supportive feedback on your work

Develop an action plan to keep writing and to express your creativity in the world


Testimonials from those who have worked with Judah! 

Judah is a perfect facilitator and he really knows the importance of positive feedback and encouragement. He goes out of his way to find something good to say about each person’s work.–Gianni Caminiti, Lawyer, Plainfield, NJ

I strongly recommend Judah’s workshop to everyone interested in self-exploration. The writing assignments were like journals into the souls of writers. They liberated us. I honestly did not expect self-discovery as an outcome of this writing workshop but I found that and much more. Ending the workshop with 21 topics to write from was ingenious. Talk about adding fuel to the newly ignited fire. BRAVO!! –Rick Cook, Public Health consultant, Albany, NY

Judah Leblang’s ‘Writing from Real Life’ workshop is a brilliant blend of presentation, discussion and time for writing. This trifecta of ingredients results in a perfect blend of information, inspiration, and encouragement. Whether a newbie or seasoned writer, there’s something for everyone in Judah’s writing workshop. I came away inspired and with 3 new pieces of writing to jumpstart additional stories. Thank you, Judah! – Debra Marrs, Creativity and Writing Coach, (contact info blocked)




Venue Highlights

Easton Mountain is a retreat center located near Albany, New York. It is a place for learning, healing, and growth, in a setting that also provides opportunities for recreation and appreciation of nature. We are located on 175 beautiful wooded acres and have multiple options for meeting spaces suitable for small to large groups. For overnight, weekend or longer events, we have a variety of accommodations, including private rooms, semi-private rooms, rooms for four, and dormitory-style rooms. In the warmer months, guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a number of wonderful sites.


We provide several options for housing:
The Guest House - Offering two room options, our two-story Guest House includes in-suite bathrooms with shower, and WiFi access. Room options include two beds or two bunk beds.
The Garden Cabin - A dormitory-style accommodation with five bunk beds, our Garden Cabin offers WiFi access and shared toilet facilities. Shower facilities are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away
Camping - Guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a variety of beautiful locations on the land. From a platform right on the duck pond to our hillside next to the Guest House, this option allows you to enjoy the beautiful land while still offering you the comforts of facilities available at the Lodge.


  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Meals are provided three times daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is usually served continental style, with assorted breads, bagels, and cold cereals available, along with a hot cereal, yogurt, a hot breakfast entree, and fresh fruit. For some retreats, the last day will feature light snacks in the early morning and a late morning brunch. Lunch and dinner are usually hot meals with fresh bread and salad available. We serve meat, usually in the form of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and fish. A vegetarian option is also available at each meal; we ask that this be reserved for those who request vegetarian meals, as there is not enough of the vegetarian option prepared for everyone to eat.

Snacks such as cold cereals, fruits and nuts, along with coffee, assorted hot teas, chilled water, and iced tea, are available 24 hours a day in the dining room. Please note that we can not always accommodate special dietary requests for food allergies. If you have specific food allergies, we suggest you contact us ahead of time and bring some special food for yourself to supplement any food that we serve which you can eat. Refrigerator space can be provided for you if needed to store your food.


Easton Mountain is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 30 miles North of Albany, New York and conveniently located within a three-hour drive of Boston, New York City, and Montreal. Please see our website for turn by turn directions. To set up your GPS, use the following address: 391 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

You can fly into the Albany airport, take the Megabus or AMTRAK to Albany (Rensselaer Station), or take the Greyhound/Trailways to Albany. We can usually arrange for a volunteer to pick you up. Please refer to our website for details

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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