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The Writers' Retreat

Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA

Editorial Expertise and Retreat offers writers the opportunity to devote themselves to a period of intensive concentration on a project. The in-house editor is available for consultations and editing during the writer's stay.

The retreat is located in Tamworth, New Hampshire, a village with spectacular mountain scenery, quaint shops and cafes, and a library within walking distance. The Lakes Region and White Mountains offer plenty of winter and summer outdoor activities with easy access to nearby towns and villages.

The Barnstormers Theater is located in the heart of the village and offers plays and concerts throughout the year. In July and August, actors and directors can be heard rehearsing lines in the restored barn beside the Swift River or enjoying conversation on the deck of the nearby cafe.

The retreat features a nicely furnished, renovated studio with private entrance; casement windows overlooking a small summer cottage; secluded backyard and woodlands. For your convenience, there is an adjoining bath/laundry room with washer and dryer. The kitchen and laundry facilities are shared with the on-site host and editor.

During the late fall and winter months, the common room with wood stove is available for consultations and relaxation. Vegetarian dinners are provided upon request.




In addition to teaching university students for more than 25 years, Elizabeth Tillar has written and edited fiction and numerous scholarly articles and books, published by Notre Dame, Blackwell, and Kegan Paul, among other notable presses.

As an interdisciplinary professor, Elizabeth is conversant with various academic disciplines (literature, philosophy, theology, religious studies, psychology, anthropology, and ethics) and versed in the following documentation styles: MLA, APA, and the Chicago Manual of Style.

The preparation of scholarly articles and books and other non-fiction prose includes editing sentence structure, grammar, syntax, and documentation; attention to stylistic consistency; recommendations for reorganization of chapters and subdivisions; and formatting. Editing of prose fiction also includes suggestions for character development and plot structure.

High professional standards and meticulous attention to the nuances of journal articles, non-fiction/scholarly books, short stories, novels, and memoirs are the hallmarks of her editorial service.

B.A. English (University of New Mexico, 1979)
M.A. Creative Writing (University of New Mexico, 1983)
M.A. Theology (Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1988)
Ph.D. Contemporary Systematic Theology (Fordham University, 2000)


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Elizabeth Tillar.

Region:  Tamworth, New Hampshire--with easy access to nearby towns in the Lakes Region and White Mountains--is a village with spectacular mountain scenery; quaint shops and cafes; winter and summer outdoor activities; a library within walking distance; the oldest summer stock playhouse in the country; the Remick Farm and Museum; the historic summer home of William James; and Lake Chocorua. The wider area features the Presidential Mountains in Conway; ski resorts within half an hour's drive of the writer's retreat; fishing, boating, cross-country skiing, cycling, hiking, and other outdoor recreation. The legendary New England turning-of-the-leaves in October and abundant snowfall in the winter months (December-March) afford many opportunities for recreation and boast unsurpassed mountain vistas. Sleigh rides and dogsled races in Tamworth; train rides from Conway through nearby valleys and mountain notches; ice caves, rivers, lakes, and farms; specialty shops in Wolfeboro and Conway; Castle in the Clouds overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee; and the newly established Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth are just a few of the area attractions. In addition to being a writer’s refuge, the region is a wildlife photographer’s haven. The Maine seacoast is an hour-and-a-half east of Tamworth, and picturesque Portsmouth is just over an hour directly south of Tamworth.

Location:  The retreat is located approximately 62 miles west of Portland, Maine and 86 miles northeast of Manchester, New Hampshire. Closest major airport: Portland International Jetport.

Closest airport:  Portland International Jetport.

Tourism information:  Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Rock Lane Retreat Private, renovated studio with an armoire, a cedar chest, a comfortable double futon sofa bed, a coffee table with storage compartment, and a writing table and chair. Adjoining private bathroom (with shared washer/dryer). Secluded yard with mountain view, woodlands. Complimentary critique and mentoring. Rates are US $200 per weekend (Friday-Sunday), $350 per week, and $750 per month. US $350


  • High Speed
  • Printer
  • Phone
  • Refbook
  • Weekmaid
  • Kitchenette
  • Private bathroom
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  To guarantee your reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of deposit. Balance is due upon arrival. An ATM is available within three miles from the retreat. All currency is in US dollars.

Cancellation policy:  If at least 30 days prior to arrival, deposit will be refunded less $25 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.

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