Writing Retreats

This year we are moving from an annual writing retreat to several mini retreats throughout the year.  These are one-day island escapes to Bowen, where you will be greeted at the ferry, spend a full day writing, walking, and workshopping … with wining & dining breaks of course!

You’ll return home with a notebook full of new words, a head full of new ideas, and if you choose to join our Groaning Board banquet, a belly full of fabulous food.

2018 Retreat Dates

  • Saturday 6 Jan 2018
  • Thursday 25 Jan 2018
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
  • Saturday 30 June 2018

One day retreats are $229 per person, and run from 10am – 6pm, with the option to stay for a complimentary dinner afterwards.  If you book three retreats at once the package price is $599.

General Schedule

9:30 am – Pick up from Snug Cove ferry terminal (9:00 am ferry from Horsehoe Bay)

10:00 am – Tea and introductions. Identifying goals for the day for each writer.

11:00 am – The Hour Stories.  In this two-hour workshop of writing and reader-response you will generate approximately 1000 words of either a new story or a section of your work-in-progress using the The Hour Stories created by Dale Adams Segal.

1:00 pm – Lunch.  We invite you to join the editors for our literary-themed lunch, free of charge.  You are also welcome to bring your own food.

2:00 pm – Writing, editing, or career-building workshop.  These workshops change each time, and are focussed on helping you move your writerly skills to the next level.

3:00 pm – Walk in the woods or free writing time.  A chance to refresh the lungs and mind with a guided walk, or an opportunity to get the words that are bubbling out of your head down on paper.

4:00 pm – The Hour Stories.  A second writing and reader-response session.

6:00 pm – The Groaning Board Banquet.  The editors invite you to join our traditional Groaning Board dinner to finish off the day, followed by a ride to the ferry terminal. 


If you are interested in signing up for a retreat, please fill out the registration form. No payment is required now.  If space is available we will send you confirmation and an invoice.

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