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Call for Facilitated Retreat Participants

Is your writing making late night phone calls trying to get out of your head?

The SWG is holding a Facilitated Retreat, November 9-12, 2017, at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan. At the SWG Facilitated Retreat, as well as undisturbed writing time, a Writer-In-Residence will give an introductory talk on an aspect of writing, provide one hour of one-on-one discussion for feedback on your writing and/or answers to your writing-related questions, and join in with informal discussion at mealtimes with the other participants. The facilitated retreat is designed as a time for you to focus on the writing you would like to do and to gain encouragement and motivation by interacting with the Writer-In-Residence and your fellow participants.

View St. Peter's Abbey facilities here and the Guest Wing here.

The cost is $255 per person and includes a private room and all meals, as well as access to the Writer-In-Residence as described above.

To apply, applicants 19 years and older should submit an example of their work (must be a piece they will be working on at the retreat), a paragraph or two describing their writing experience, a paragraph about why they want to attend the SWG Facilitated Retreat, along with a cheque for the registration fee, and a completed application form. Please see our full application guidelines before submitting.

Payment may also be made via PayPal. Application deadline is 4:30pm on October 15, 2017.

Preference will be given to SWG members who have not published a book and who have never attended any of the SWG retreats. A maximum of twelve participants will be accepted.


Gail Bowen will be the Writer in Residence for this Facilitated Retreat.

GAIL BOWEN's first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all 17 (and counting!) books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader's Digest named Bowen Canada's Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina. www.gailbowen.com

Here is a short Q&A with Gail done by CBC Books: Magic 8 Q&A

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