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Call for 2019 November Facilitated Retreat Applications

Do you need a little time and space away from the pressures of every day life to focus on your writing? Join us for our annual Facilitated Retreat; this retreat is perfect for beginner or emerging writers who have never been to a SWG retreat and would like to dive deeply into their writing for a few days.

We are hosting our annual Facilitated Retreat from November 7-10, 2019 at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan. At the SWG Facilitated Retreat, a Writer-In-Residence will give an introductory talk on an aspect of writing, provide one hour of one-on-one discussion and feedback on your writing and/or answers to your writing-related questions, and participate in informal discussion at mealtimes with the other participants. Retreatants will also enjoy undisturbed writing time, communal meals, the inspiration of St. Peter’s Abbey and a reading of each other's work on November 9th. 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 $300 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 and a completed application form. Please see our full application guidelines before submitting.

Application deadline is 4:30 pm on October 7, 2019.

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.

Payment is due upon acceptance to the Facilitated Retreat and may be submitted by cheque, PayPal or credit card (phoned into the SWG office). Non-payment of fees will result in rejection of your application. A non-refundable late fee of $35 will apply to all applications received after the application deadline.

Please contact Program Manager Yolanda Hansen at programs@skwriter.com or 306-791-7743 with any questions.

Micheline Maylor will be the Writer-in-Residence for this Facilitated Retreat.

Dr. Micheline Maylor is the past Poet Laureate of Calgary 2016-18. She is a University of Calgary Senator, a TedX talker, a Walrus talker, and she was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence (2016). She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. She serves as poetry acquisitions editor at Frontenac House Press. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains a consulting editor. Her most recent book Little Wildheart (U of A Press 2017) was longlisted for both the Pat Lowther and the Rayound Souster Awards.

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