The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat

What We Are

Good Contrivance Farm is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation and restoration of small, historic farms in Maryland. Toward that end, our farm serves as a model of historic preservation and sustainable nurture.

The Writer’s Retreat Residency

As part of our public outreach, we offer The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat: a spectacular, contemporary loft apartment in the farm’s main barn. The apartment has terrific natural light and the best views of the farm. Also (per our mission): it’s a good example of “adaptive re-use.”


In support of the arts, we have subsidized the rental fees for writers in an effort to make it as affordable as possible —  no other discounts are available.

Our application process is non-competitive, but all applicants must submit a resume and a single writing sample.

Please keep in mind that all proceeds from our rentals help support the Good Contrivance Farm non-profit.

Our admissions policy does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability or nation of origin. However, please note that the residency apartment is not fully handicap-accessible, although it can accommodate some persons with limited mobility.


We reserve the right to send any resident home who is not abiding by the farm rules. You can find the full details about farm rules on the Retreat pages below.

Writer’s Retreat Programming

On occasion, we partner with local and regional writers and organizations to offer workshops, readings, and other events in our barn, which has a stage, a state-of-the-art sound system, and seating for 70.

Although there is no regularly schedule program, you can keep informed of upcoming events by joining our mailing list, using the form below.

Who Runs the Writer’s Retreat?

Ron Tanner directs the Writer’s Retreat with his wife, Jill Eicher. Ron is a well-published writer of fiction and non-fiction and has won many awards for his writing, including a Pushcart Prize, a gold medal from the Faulkner Society, a James Michener Fellowship from the Copernicus Society, and many more.

Ron and Jill have created this welcome retreat for writers at all levels, on a first-come, first-served noncompetitive basis. Please see details on the pages below for full descriptions.

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