Turning Leaves 2018

Turning Leaves 2018

November 2 – 4, 2018

It’s our tenth anniversary and Writescape is celebrating in style! Our guest author this fall is…

Andrew Pyper: Canada’s answer to Stephen King

Bestselling author Andrew Pyper’s books expertly explore the mysteries of the dark and disturbing. His short stories and novels have thrilled readers in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Among his many prizes, he’s been awarded the Arthur Ellis Award, the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, the Grant Allen Award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery literature, and been listed in The New York Times Notable Books and The Globe & Mail‘s 100 Best Books of the Year.

Andrew is also a dynamic creative writing teacher who routinely sells out his workshops. Enjoy a Friday evening fireside chat with Andrew and a Saturday morning workshop to focus on your skills and move your writing to a whole new level.

Andrew’s latest book is The Only Child:

 Andrew’s most recent novel:…radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces – Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula – in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.
 
Other books by Andrew Pyper: The Damned, The Demonologist, The Guardian, The Killling Circle, Lost Girls, Kiss Me (stories), The Trade Mission, Wildfire Season

 

TURNING LEAVES 2018 BROCHURE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in this retreat.

Fall 2018, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a special discount of $100 for anyone who has attended five or more Writescape residential retreats (Turning Leaves or Spring Thaw.)

At Turning Leaves, we build a retreat for the writer and the writing:

  • workshops to fire up your pen
  • creativity and group sessions to inspire you
  • private, uninterrupted writing time in cottage country setting
  • tailor your retreat to suit your needs
Chatting over dinner in the Heritage Dining Room
Chatting over dinner in the Heritage Dining Room

 

Meals and accommodations:

Turning Leaves 2017 with Vicki Delany
  • lakeview dining in the Heritage Dining Room
  • private or shared accommodation in Fern’s Fireside Inn
  • rooms have wood-burning fireplace, fridge, free WiFi
  • Fern Resort is 90 minutes from Toronto in a quiet bay on beautiful Lake Couchiching

Resort amenities:

  • indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna
  • exercise room
  • nature trails, outdoor jogging track
  • spa treatments (by appointment, extra charge)
  • onsite pub (additional charge)

Fees 

  • Lakeview Room Single Occupancy $895
  • Landview Room Single Occupancy $865
  • Landview Room Double Occupancy $795
  • Day Rate $475

Discounts

  • Retreat alumni $30
  • Members of writing organizations $30
  • Anniversary special discount $100

REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2018

PLEASE NOTE: When you hit the “Add to Cart” button, the PayPal order will show up at the top of the column to the right. To be taken to the secure PayPal to finish your purchase, click on the yellow PayPal button. You can use a credit card on the PayPal site – you do not have to have a PayPal account.

Questions? info@writescape.ca

Spring Thaw registration

SPRING THAW 2019

CHOOSE a 3-day retreat from April 26 to April 28  

OR a 5-day option: 3-day retreat plus 2-day extend-your-pen option April 26 to April 30

To secure your spot with a non-refundable deposit. Go to Section 1

To pay the full amount on registration. Go to Section 2

 To pay the balance due by March 30.  Go to Section 3

Writing Organization Discounts for members of WCDR, WCSC, WCYR, SOH, etc. Other groups please query.

NOTE: HST is added at the checkout on PayPal

Section 1

$250.00 Deposit 3-day option

$250.00 Deposit 5-day option

Section 2

3-day option April 26 to April 28 – full payment

$925.00  Full Fee no discounts

$895.00 Full Fee with Writing Organization discount only [WCDR etc]

$865.00 Full Fee with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

5-day option April 26 to April 30 – full payment

$1350.00  Full Fee no discounts

$1320.00 Full Fee with Writing Organization discount

$1290.00 Full Fee with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Section 3

3-day option April 26 to April 28 – Balance due after deposit paid – Due March 30

$675.00  Balance due no discounts

$645.00 Balance due with Writing Organization discount only [WCDR etc]

$615.00 Balance due with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

5-day option April 26 to April 30 – Balance due after deposit paid – Due March 30

$1100.00  Balance due no discounts

$1070.00 Balance with Writing Organization discount

$1040.00 Balance with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

MAIL IN REGISTRATION FORM PDF

When payment is received, a Writescape representative will contact you by email to confirm your registration. Thank you for registering with Writescape.

If you need further details or have  questions, please contact Writescape at info@writescape.ca or write to

Writescape
101 Morningside Drive
RR3 Havelock ON K0L 1Z0
 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Your deposit is non-refundable, but 50% of your deposit (i.e., $125) may be used for a future Writescape retreat.
For cancellations before our full fee deadline – MARCH 30, 2019, all but your deposit is refundable.
After our full fee deadline, any refund of the remainder will be at the discretion of Writescape organizers.
We understand that life happens—we wouldn’t be writers if we didn’t. But by the time you have paid your deposit, we have already long been working on making your retreat a fantastic experience, and are committed to the resort. Nonetheless, we will do our best to work things out should you have to cancel.
For retreats, any cancellation on our part would have to be the result of a serious problem—nothing short of a natural disaster or epidemic is likely to cancel our retreat. In that case, a rescheduling acceptable to you would be in order, or a full refund if we are unable to reschedule. We reserve the right to make changes to the program [example: replace a facilitator] at any time.

Writescape’s Presenters

Our writing alumni benefit from what these exceptional writing professionals offer: expertise and a passion for words. With them, we explore the art and craft of writing.

 

Our workshop presenters share their expertise in focused classroom settings

 

Our retreat guest authors and agents attend select retreats for both structured classes and informal gatherings

 

Workshop Presenters

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Dorothea Helms brings writing magic to all her sessions. Practical hands-on exercises balance with lively discussions and shared laughter when Dorothea delivers her workshops.

 

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Anne MacLachlan knows what social media can do for a writer. From research to promotion, this fantasy writer is tech-savvy and smart.

 

Workshop Presenter Heather M. O'Connor

Freelance journalist and author, Heather M. O’Connor crafts irresistible promotional material as the PR and Marketing Coordinator for Writescape. She loves teaching practical, hands-on workshops.

Frances Peck

 

Frances Peck edits with a passion for the power of words. A true Grammar Guru, Frances will leave no participle dangling. Period.

Workshop Presenter Sue Reynolds

Author Sue Reynolds nurtures writers’ souls and nudges their pens. Certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists method, she approaches creative writing workshops with an open heart and mind.

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Novelist Erin Thomas knows a lot about writing for children. From picture books to YA plots, she’s not kidding around.

 


Retreat Guest Authors and Agents

Retreat Guest Author Jonathan Bennett

Acclaimed by critics, novelist and poet Jonathan Bennett writes his brilliant prose with the eye of a poet and frames his beautiful poetry within the heart of a storyteller.

 

Retreat Guest Author Susanna Kearsley

Bestselling author Susanna Kearsley blends history, romance and paranormal, crossing genres just as she crosses the hearts — and times — of her characters.

 

Retreat Guest Author Barbara Kyle

 

Barbara Kyle‘s bestselling historical novels follow the Thornleigh family through generations of rebellion, passion and Tudor-era treachery.

 

Hilary McMahonHilary McMahon is a top Canadian agent, who – between trips to the Frankfurt and London book fairs – always has time to share with writers updates on trends, industry insights and exciting new books.

 

Retreat Guest Author Caroline Pignat

Award-winning novelist Caroline Pignat inspires and excites writers with rich historical and fast-paced contemporary novels that engage teen readers and adults alike.

 

Retreat Guest Author Richard Scrimger Fun may be prolific author Richard Scrimger‘s middle name but he is deadly serious about crafting his many books for children and young adults.

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From deadlines to sources of inspiration, journalist, teacher and novelist Bill Swan loves sharing his years of experience and knowledge of the craft of writing.

Glentula – Fall

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Glentula, nestled in over five acres of mixed Ontario forest, is the home of Gwynn Scheltema and Don Anderson. “Glentula” means “peaceful woods”. “Glen” meaning “woods” comes from Don’s Scottish heritage. “Tula” is from Gwynn’s roots in Zimbabwe, Africa, and is the Ndebele word for “peace” or “quiet”. Glentula is the perfect place to write.
In the fall, maples provide a colourful backdrop to the gazebo beside the rock garden, the tea stone sunken bench, or a Muskoka chair at the campfire. Take a walk in the crisp fall air, have a swing or just enjoy the heady smells of harvest time.Wander down over the footbridge to Burnt Point Bay on Lake Seymour, part of the Trent River Waterway System, between the locks at Hastings and Healy Falls. At the water’s edge of Glentula, you can enjoy watching the flocks of migrating geese and ducks, explore the river mouth and beaver dam, or just enjoy the quiet lap of lilypads as kingfishers, osprey and heron dive for fish.

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Directions to Glentula

From the South West (1½ hours from Oshawa)

  • Take Hwy. 401 east to Hwy 115. Proceed north on Hwy 115.
  • After approx 45 minutes, at Peterborough, Hwy 115 becomes Hwy 7. Continue east on Hwy 7 to Havelock (35 mins.).
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the East (3 hours from Ottawa)

  • Take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 7 just west of the Scotiabank Place.
  • Proceed west on Hwy 7 to Havelock.
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the North West (45 mins. from Peterborough)

  • At Port Perry take Hwy 7A east to Hwy 35.
  • At Hwy 35 turn south for a kilometre, then east on the continuation of Hwy 7A to Hwy 115.
  • After approx 15 minutes, at Peterborough, Hwy 115 becomes Hwy 7. Go east to Havelock (35 mins.)
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the South East (45 mins from Brighton)

  • Take Hwy 401 west to Brighton.
  • Take Regional/County Rd. 30 north to Campbellford
  • At the lights at the bridge in Campbellford, turn west on Bridge Street (RR 30 cont) to Village of Trent River (15 mins)
  • At Trent River, follow the map below

map to glentula

 

Registration for Turning Leaves 2018

Registration for TURNING LEAVES from November 2 to 4, 2018.

Note: Writing Organization Discounts are offered to members of WCDR, WCYR, WCSC, HHWEN, SOH, TWUC, PWAC, MAA and CAA. Other groups please query.
NOTE If you have attended 5 or more Writescape residential retreats, you qualify for a special one-time $100 discount for this retreat. When you register, be sure to note it in the comments so we can adjust your full payment.

 

  • To secure your spot with a non-refundable deposit. Go to Section 1
  • To pay the full amount on registration. Go to Section 2
  • The balance is due by September 1. Go to Section 3
  • To register for the day rate. Go to Section 4.

Please note that HST will be calculated at checkout. HST # 821104853RT0001

Section 1 

Non-refundable deposit

$250.00 Lakeview Room Single Occupancy  FULL

$250.00 Landview Room Single Occupancy Deposit

$250.00 Landview Room Double Occupancy Deposit    Note: If you have a preferred roommate, please enter the name of your roommate in the comments section on the PayPal screen or email us at info@writescape.ca. If you don’t have a roommate, we will do our best to accommodate you but can’t guarantee double occupancy.

Section 2 

Lakeview Room Single Occupancy  FULL

$895.00 Full Fee Lakeview Room Single Occupancy

$865.00 Full Fee Lakeview Room with Writing Organization discount [WCDR etc]

$835.00 Full Fee Lakeview Room with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Landview Room Single Occupancy

$865.00 Full Fee Landview Room Single Occupancy

$835.00 Full Fee Landview Room Single with Writing Organization discount

$805.00 Full Fee Landview Room Single with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Landview Room Double Occupancy

Note: If you have a preferred roommate, please enter the name of your roommate in the comments section on the PayPal screen or email us at info@writescape.ca. If you don’t have a roommate, we will do our best to accommodate you but can’t guarantee double occupancy.

$795.00 Full Fee Landview Room Double Occupancy

$765.00 Full Fee Landview Room Double with Writing Organization discount

$735.00 Full Fee Landview Room Double with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Section 3

Lakeview Room Single Occupancy FULL

$645.00 Balance Lakeview Room Single Occupancy

$615.00 Balance Lakeview Room with Writing Organization discount [WCDR etc]

$585.00 Balance Lakeview Room with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Landview Room Single Occupancy

$615.00 Balance Landview Room Single Occupancy

$585.00 Balance Landview Room Single with Writing Organization discount

$555.00 Balance Landview Room Single with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Landview Room Double Occupancy

$545.00 Balance Landview Room Double Occupancy

$515.00 Balance Landview Room Double with Writing Organization discount

$485.00 Balance Landview Room Double with Writing Organization AND alumni discount

Section 4

Day Rates

(complete weekend program except for breakfasts and accommodations)

$475 Day Rate

$445 Special Day Rate with writing organization discount

 
PLEASE NOTE: When you hit the “Add to Cart” button, the PayPal order will show up at the top of the column to the right. To be taken to PayPal to finish your purchase, click on the yellow PayPal button. You can use a credit card on the PayPal site – you do not have to have a PayPal account.
 

MAIL IN REGISTRATION FORM PDF

When payment is received, a Writescape representative will contact you by email to confirm

Blue Pencil Bootcamp

Blue Pencil Bootcamp

Sorry, registration is now closed.

July 8 to 10, 2016.

with Gwynn Scheltema.

Immerse yourself in three days of workshopping and editing your manuscript. With support from professional editor Gwynn Scheltema, this intensive weekend will help you move forward with your work-in-progress and give you practical, hands-on exercises to apply directly to your manuscript.

All genres welcome; maximum participants: FOUR (4)

What past participants have said:
Bootcamp this weekend was everything I had hoped for and more. Thanks to Gwynn Scheltema for all the guidance and support with my novel. Now I know what to work on in the next few months. Sylvia Chiang.

 

Your weekend includes:

  • how to approach a successful self edit
  • detailed discussion on structure, pacing and character arcs
  • a private one-on-one evaluation session with Gwynn to discuss your work’s strengths and areas to develop
  • group workshop critique session of your manuscript
  • single room accommodations
  • all meals
  • all-day snacks and beverage stationGlentula lake 2
  • all workshop materials

Arrive between 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, July 8 to settle into your room and explore the grounds. Floyd and Beavis, our two fat cats, will welcome you on arrival. Opening session starts at 3:30 p.m.

The workshop/retreat will be held at Glentula, Gwynn’s lakeside property on Lake Seymour, Havelock. The five-acre wooded property offers winding trails, a lakeside gazebo and many garden nooks. Glentula means “peaceful hollow” and is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and concentrate on your writing.

  • sit-down supper each evening
  • breakfasts and lunches self-serve from a wide selection of healthy and tasty options
  • 4 single occupancy bedrooms
  • hot tub to melt away cares
  • canoe available to explore during down time

Cost including meals and accommodation: $485 plus HST

  • A $20 discount is available to members of writers’ organizations*
  • A $20 discount is available for Writescape retreat alumni

*WCDR, WCYR, WCSC, SOH, CAA, PWAC, CAA etc.

APPLICATION and REGISTRATION:

APPLICATION

NOTE: Maximum 4 participants. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2016 submitted to info@writescape.ca

Applications to include:

  • a one-page synopsis of your book
  • a cover letter describing what you are looking for from the weekend
  • a 10- to 20-page excerpt from your manuscript

.Successful applicants will be notified by June 15

REGISTRATION

Once you have been accepted, please register below

STEP ONE: NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT PAYABLE UPON ACCEPTANCE

$125 Non-refundable Deposit

STEP TWO: BALANCE PAYABLE BY JUNE 15

$360 full fee balance less deposit no discounts

$340 full fee balance less deposit with Alumni OR Writing organization* discount

$320 full fee balance less deposit with Alumni AND Writing organization* discount

*WCDR, WCYR, WCSC, SOH, CAA, PWAC, CAA etc.

PLEASE NOTE: When you hit the “Add to Cart” button, the PayPal order will show up at the top of the column to the right. To be taken to PayPal to finish your purchase, click on the yellow PayPal button. You can use a credit card on the PayPal site – you do not have to have a PayPal account. HST # 821104853RT0001

Gwynn-10-a-e1345144417851-278x300Gwynn Scheltema is a professional writer and editor, and creative writing teacher who has taught for over 25 years, at community colleges, private colleges, government conferences, retreats and day and evening workshops. She is also an award-winning fiction writer and poet and winner of the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Award. Her stories have placed in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, the Canadian Authors Association contest, and others. She was a founding fiction editor for Lichen, Arts & Letters Preview for nine years, and her fiction and poetry have been published in Canada and Europe in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. She currently co-hosts and produces Word on the Hills on Northumberland Radio 89.7FM

 

Glentula – Directions


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Glentula, nestled in five acres of mixed Ontario forest, is the home of Gwynn Scheltema and Don Anderson. Glentula means “peaceful hollow”. “Glen” meaning “valley or hollow” comes from Don’s Scottish heritage. “Tula” is from Gwynn’s roots in Zimbabwe, Africa, based on the Ndebele word for “peace” or “quiet”. Glentula is the perfect place to write.

The front shade garden offers a gazebo beside the rock garden, the tea stone and sunken bench under the maples, or a muskoka chair on the pink granite surround of the camp-fire pit. Wander the garden paths, have a swing or just enjoy the dappled shade beneath the tall trees.

In the back garden. the large deck overlooks a flower edged lawn, a campfire pit and entrance to the magic children’s wood with its surprises, as well as views down over the footbridge to the water of Burnt Point Bay on Lake Seymour.

Lake Seymour is part of the Trent River Waterway System, between the locks at Hastings and Healy Falls. At the water’s edge, sit in the gazebo, lie in the hammock or sunbathe on the dock. Enjoy watching pleasure craft, explore the river mouth and beaver dam, or just enjoy the quiet lap of lilypads as kingfishers, osprey and heron dive for fish. Then wander back to the house through the woodland trails.

Directions to Glentula

For your GPS, enter: 101 Morningside Drive, Havelock

From the South West (1½ hours from Oshawa)

  • Take Hwy. 401 east to Hwy 115. Proceed north on Hwy 115.
  • After approx 45 minutes, at Peterborough, Hwy 115 becomes Hwy 7. Continue east on Hwy 7 to Havelock (35 mins.).
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the East (3 hours from Ottawa)

  • Take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 7 just west of the Scotiabank Place.
  • Proceed west on Hwy 7 to Havelock.
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the North West (45 mins. from Peterborough)

  • At Port Perry take Hwy 7A east to Hwy 35.
  • At Hwy 35 turn south for a kilometre, then east on the continuation of Hwy 7A to Hwy 115.
  • After approx 15 minutes, at Peterborough, Hwy 115 becomes Hwy 7. Go east to Havelock (35 mins.)
  • At Havelock follow map below.

From the South East (45 mins from Brighton)

  • Take Hwy 401 west to Brighton.
  • Take Regional/County Rd. 30 north to Campbellford
  • At the lights at the bridge in Campbellford, turn west on Bridge Street (RR 30 cont) to Village of Trent River (15 mins)
  • At Trent River, follow the map below

map to glentula

Woods, Water, Words

Woods, Water, Words

A day of writing activities at “Glentula” on Lake Seymour with Gwynn Scheltema. If you can’t get away for a full weekend retreat, try this one-day getaway filled with inspirational writing activities to get you writing. We’ll draw inspiration from the woods, the wandering garden paths, the lake and streams as well as the energy of writing in a community of other writers. The day will be a mix of group-led writing exercises, situation-themed writing prompts and time to write and reflect. Gwynn will be available at several points in the day to answer any questions you may have about your personal writing project.

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Time: 10am – 4pm – writing activities;

5pm – 8pm – optional campfire reading and discussion

Venue: At “Glentula” on the shores of lovely Lake Seymour

101 Morningside Drive, Trent River, ON

For map and directions, click here

A light lunch will be provided, as well as an all-day beverage station.

If you choose to stay, a simple buffet dinner and a cosy reading and discussion session around the campfire will finish your writing day

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Turning Leaves 2017

Turning Leaves 2017

November 3 – 5, 2017

Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves

With more than 20 books to her credit, Vicki Delany is a fearless full-time writer, tackling the adult, reluctant reader and YA markets with her mysteries, suspense novels and police procedural titles. Past Chair of Crime Writers of Canada, Vicki is also a member of Capital Crime Writers and Sisters in Crime. She writes as Vicki Delany and Eva Gates.

Enjoy a Friday evening fireside chat with Vicki and a Saturday morning workshop where more than the secrets of writing a great mystery will be revealed. All stories need a mystery at their heart.

Here’s a brief excerpt from her author’s bio: In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario.  At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.

Interview with Vicki

Turning Leaves 2017 brochure

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in this retreat. 

At Turning Leaves, we build a retreat for the writer and the writing:

  • workshops to fire up your pen
  • creativity and group sessions to inspire you
  • private, uninterrupted writing time in cottage country setting
  • tailor your retreat to suit your needs
Chatting over dinner in the Heritage Dining Room
Chatting over dinner in the Heritage Dining Room

 

Turning Leaves 2016 with Hilary McMahon

Meals and accommodations:

  • lakeview dining in the Heritage Dining Room
  • private or shared accommodation in Fern’s Fireside Inn
  • rooms have wood-burning fireplace, fridge, free WiFi
  • Fern Resort is 90 minutes from Toronto in a quiet bay on beautiful Lake Couchiching

Resort amenities:

  • indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna
  • exercise room
  • nature trails, outdoor jogging track
  • spa treatments (by appointment, extra charge)
  • onsite pub (additional charge)

Fees 

  • Lakeview Room Single Occupancy $875
  • Landview Room Single Occupancy $845
  • Landview Room Double Occupancy $775
  • Day Rate $475

Discounts

  • Retreat alumni $30
  • Members of writing organizations $30

REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2017

PLEASE NOTE: When you hit the “Add to Cart” button, the PayPal order will show up at the top of the column to the right. To be taken to the secure PayPal to finish your purchase, click on the yellow PayPal button. You can use a credit card on the PayPal site – you do not have to have a PayPal account.

Questions? info@writescape.ca

 

Spring Thaw 2019

Spring Thaw 2019

April 26-28, or April 26-30, 2019

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Looking for feedback from two professional editors? Or just want time to rejuvenate your creativity? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.

This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

    • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Gwynn and Ruth
    • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
    • private writing time
    • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
    • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
    • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
    • private room in comfortable, fully equipped cottages with wood-burning fireplace
    • first-class amenities and delicious meals
    • add the Extend-Your-Pen option and treat yourself to focused writing time April 28 to 30

Brochure 2019

Register now

Your weekend, your way

…amazing feedback!; free writing time; workshops & group activities; lively discussions with other writers…

Spring Thaw participant

Program Room
Program Room

Tailor your weekend to suit your needs.There is an agenda and formal programming, but you choose which sessions and activities will work for you.

Write in your jammies

Sunrise photo of cottage at ElmhirstWriting in-cottage

Cozy cottages are well-stocked for your breakfast. Enjoy your private room with shared living areas including living room, full kitchen and bathrooms. Those who want to hunker down and write don’t need to surface until lunch.

Dinner with a view

Dinners are a delight in the lakeside dining room. Elmhirst's Sunday Brunch

Special dietary needs are always accommodated with advance notice.

The Sunday brunch at Elmhirst’s Resort is legendary and a highlight for many of our retreat participants.

Questions? info@writescape.ca // 905-728-7823

Register Now

Maximum of 20 participants. Extend Your Pen option available for a maximum of 10 participants.

Discounts available for Writescape retreat alumni and members of writing organizations

3-day option $925             5-day option $1350

Cottagers and area residents — send us an email for the Spring Thaw Day Rate: info@writescape.ca

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When payment is received, a Writescape representative will contact you by email to confirm your registration. Thank you for registering with Writescape.