Bookgardan: A Year's Sustenance for Writers

Keene, New York, United States

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2020


TUITION / COST:To be announced for 2019-2020
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Kate Moses

A 12-month, low-residency book cultivation & mentorship program of sustained individual mentorship and ongoing small-group interaction online, bracketed by two week-long residencies.

Bring your book project to full fruition in Bookgardan, a year-long program of intensive, one-on-one literary mentorship and supportive camaraderie with an intimate cohort of fellow writers, featuring monthly manuscript assessments and online craft lessons, beginning and ending with two week-long fall residencies at Craigardan, a mountainside retreat for artists, makers & thinkers in the majestic Adirondacks of upstate New York.

Led by internationally acclaimed novelist & teacher of writers Kate Moses (Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath), a founding senior editor & staff writer at Salon and former senior acquisitions editor at North Point Press, Bookgardan provides writers with professional expertise, structure, and nurturing guidance to cultivate their works-in-progress over a year, with the goal of significant development & refinement by the end of the program.

The opening residency provides enrolled writers with the tools and insights to sustain their writing over a year, in supportive community with their cohort. Writers will make 11 scheduled manuscript submissions followed by video conferencing with Kate, and will participate online in craft lessons, seminar-style discussions, Q&As with guest writers and publishing professionals, and optional workshop exchanges. Each writer will receive a full manuscript evaluation at the end of the program during a culminating residency devoted to the business of writing, both individual next steps and standard protocols for professional writers.

The Bookgardan program runs annually from October to October, with opening and closing week-long residencies. Enrollment is limited to 6-8 writers each year. Writers of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed genre works at any stage of development are encouraged to apply. For more information and applications, please visit


Featured Writers Include:

Kate Moses, Founding Director of Birds & Muses


Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Craigardan Arts Center
New York, United States

Birds & Muses

Established by writer, editor & teacher of writers Kate Moses, Birds & Muses is a literary consultancy offering sustained mentorship, editorial services, writing intensive retreats, and an annual year-long book mentorship & cultivation program, Bookgardan, for writers of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed genre works.