SK Writers/Artists Retreats

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Information on Retreats

There are several different types of SK Writers/Artists retreats, which are offered and subsidized through the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and CARFAC Saskatchewan with funding from SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries.

Attendance at an SWG retreat is a privilege and all applications are subjected to a rigorous juried process. Complete adjudication details are available at the end of this page.

NB: A maximum of two weeks of individual retreats and a total of four weeks of retreats per person per year is allowed.

To apply online please go to the retreat application form 

For more information, please contact


Regular SK Writers/Artists Retreats are for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently. Community retreats are held in February, July, and occasionally in June. These are offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan, other parts of Canada and around the world. Summer and winter retreats are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster. NB: These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work independently. 

Please read the Retreat Application Guidelines before submitting your application for any of the retreats.

To apply online please go to the retreat application form.

WINTER RETREAT: February 3 - 24, 2017
Deadline for applications: December 15, 2016.

SUMMER RETREAT: June 30 - July 28, 2017
Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017  at 4:30 pm

FACILITATED RETREAT: November 10 - 13, 2016
Deadline for applications: October 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm


Facilitated Retreats offer a shorter retreat period for beginning and emerging writers, who are not yet at a stage in their careers to attend a regular community retreat. An on-site Writer-in-Residence provides guidance and advice for beginning and emerging writers who want a combination of writing time, instruction and feedback. Attendance at a Facilitated Retreat is considered a benefit when applying for a Community Retreat. The Facilitated Retreats are for Saskatchewan resident writers only. $255 are standard fees for both SWG members and non-members as a way of assisting all writers in the province to get started in their careers.

A three-day November facilitated retreat is offered by SWG at St. Peter's Abbey. Facilitated Retreat Information

Please read the Facilitated Retreat Guidelines before submitting your application.

To apply online please go to the retreat application form 


Individual Retreats are offered year-round for independent writers at St. Peter's Abbey. Individuals may choose a period of time to work on their own outside the regularly scheduled retreats. No more than three individuals can be accommodated at one time. Application should be made at least four weeks before preferred dates, using the application form and requirements for application to St. Peter's Retreats. Fees for Individual Retreats are the same as the current posted St. Peter's retreat fees, pro-rated according to the length of the retreat.

NB: The individual retreats are open only to Saskatchewan residents and members of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.

To apply online please go to the retreat application form


Rising costs for our facilities means we must adjust fees accordingly. The fees for this year are as follows:

  • SWG and CARFAC members: $350
  • Out-of-province members: $450
  • Out-of-province non-members: $550

Notes on fees: artists are limited to 7 retreat weeks per retreat (funded by CARFAC).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation refunds will be processed as follows:

  • 30 days or more prior to start date: 75% funds returned.
  • 14 days prior to retreat start date: 50% funds returned.
  • 7 days prior to retreat start date: 25% funds returned.

Cancellations within one week of retreat start dates are non refundable.



Attendance at an SWG retreat is a privilege and all applications are subjected to a rigorous juried process. Acceptance is determined by:

  • Quality of work decided by the writing sample/visual images submitted
  • Creative résumé and publication/exhibition history
  • Benefits to be gained from the retreat experience
  • Ability to work independently
  • Project description

NB: This adjudication process takes approximately two weeks after the deadline to complete. After this, applicants are notified of their acceptance or denial. Upon acceptance, applicants have two weeks to make payments to secure their spots.

 For more information, please contact

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