Requests from former students for ongoing creative writing classes led me to begin a series of workshops at Misty Hill Lodge, my 1930s logcabin home atop Braddock Mountain near Frederick, Maryland. Misty Hill Lodge is an ideal retreat for writing, and participants enjoy the comfortable, rustic setting.

Each session includes:

  • 2 writing exercises
  • A craft-of-writing discussion
  • Friendly “give and take” with fellow writers
  • Coffee, tea, and light refreshments

Depending upon interest, specific workshops focus on aspects of poetry, writing for children, the memoir (retrospective writing), journaling, the short story, longer fiction, or creative nonfiction. Recent topics of discussion have included:

  • Story Arc
  • Using Dialogue to Reveal Character and Propel Plot
  • Read as a Writer to Improve Your Own Writing
  • Multiple POVs: When It Works and When It Doesn’t
  • Flash Fiction: The Short Short Story
  • Revision Strategies

My goal for these workshops is to offer both an inviting setting and an opportunity to move your writing skills to a higher level. These sessions are not lectures or critique groups, but actual workshops in which you will explore ideas, expand your knowledge of the craft of writing, engage in a lively exchange with other writers, and, above all, write.

For a schedule of workshops, see my calendar on the Events page.  
To have your name added to a workshop reminder list, email

Cost per person varies based on the length of the workshop. Most sessions are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Enrollment numbers are limited in order to ensure a group comfortably sized for interaction.  R.S.V.P. is required.

If you have your own group of at least 4 writers and would like to request a specific date and topic (such as Revision Strategies), I can plan a customized workshop of your choosing.

Gift Certificates to Misty Hill Lodge Writing Workshops are available.

“Edie's workshops give me time to focus on my writing and inspire me to develop new ideas and rework my current projects.” Felicia Monticelli

“Misty Hill Lodge Workshops provide both the support you've been craving and the hands-on training you require to take your writing to the next level. Possessing a rare gift for mentoring, Edie is supportive and encouraging—able to gently guide writers to the places they need to approach things differently. Her workshops are nourishment for a writer's body, mind, and soul! “ Julie Mooney

“Need inspiration and permission to write? This is for you! You won’t want to miss the beauty of this mountain retreat, but it’s the gentle guidance to perfect your writing that will bring you back for more.  Edie is a superb teacher, who demands the best from all her students.” Kristine DeWitt

“When I first met Edie, I kept thinking about Clarissa Pinkola Estes saying that storytellers are perpetually off under some ‘psychic hill  . . .  up to their knees buried in story dust, brushing away centuries of dirt, digging under overlays of culture and conquests, and numbering every frieze and fresco of story that they could find.’ And although it may seem like an odd way to compliment someone, the quote describes Edie's workshops exactly. I always leave feeling wonderfully dirty, covered in my own "story dust." Edie has a way of encouraging students to find their own special, individual stories; and no one ever leaves a workshop "clean." In fact, the possibilities for getting dirty are endless.” Sheila Johndrow 

(Citation from: Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, Ph.D. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. Ballantine Books, New York, 1995, p. 76)

An education and a delight. A critic once used this phrase to describe what it was like to read an author’s work. I think of this phrase when I’m at Misty Lodge taking part in a workshop run by Edie Hemingway. I’m surrounded by like-minded people doing something I learn from and love.” Linda A. Holmes, Esq.

“Before Misty Hill Lodge workshops, I dabbled with a poem here and there. Now I have an entire notebook of exercises, story beginnings, and poems, not to mention tons of pointers I can really use. Misty Hill is a different world, and I am a different person there. I know I’m not just going to another class. Rather, each time is an experience full of potential and surprises. It’s that amazing freedom and unexpectedness that keeps me coming back.” Michelle McNally, Carroll County, MD

“Edie Hemingway’s workshops led me—someone who had enjoyed writing for many years, but never studied it – into a brave new world. She introduced me to writing as a craft, and gave me a new appreciation for words -- their order, their use, and their power.” Bill Boyer, Retired Methodist Minister

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