Spring Thaw Reimagined 2021

Spring Thaw Reimagined 2021

Your choice of a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day retreat.

October 15 to 17; October 15 to 19; October 15 to 21, 2021

The leaves will be in glorious autumn colours when we at last escape to explore our creativity. Be assured that Writescape will offer all the inspiration and support our retreatants expect, while maintaining any health and safety regulations and protocols for all group activities, including workshops and meals, and gatherings indoors or outside.

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 Reimagined for a chance to dive deep into your writing project.

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 or even an extra four 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  fireplace
    • first-class amenities and delicious meals
    • add one of the Extend-Your-Pen options and treat yourself to focused writing time April 19 & 20 or April 19, 20, 21 & 22

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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.

A limited number of private cottages are available at a daily surcharge $90+HST

Dinner with a view

Dinners are a pleasure in the lakeside dining room. 

Special dietary needs are always accommodated with advance notice.

Dining at Elmhirst’s Resort is a farm-to-table delight and a highlight for many of our retreat participants.

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

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Discounts available for Writescape retreat alumni and members of writing organizations.

3-day option $945         5-day option $1370         7-day option $1815

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


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

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