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Call for Spring 2020 Facilitated Retreat Applications


Do you need a little time and space away from the pressures of everyday life to focus on your writing? Would you like a little guidance from an established writer? Ready to learn how to take your writing to the next level?

Join us for our Spring Facilitated Retreat! This retreat is perfect for new 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 first ever Spring Facilitated Retreat from April 16-19, 2020 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 an 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 others’ work on April 18th. 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.

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 want feedback from the Writer-in-Residence on and 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.

The application deadline is 4:30 pm on March 19, 2020.

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.


Sylvia Legris will be the Writer-in-Residence for this Facilitated Retreat.

Sylvia Legris' latest poetry collection, Garden Physic, is forthcoming in 2021 with New Directions. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Review of Books, Granta, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Her awards include the 2018 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, the 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award, and the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was editor of Grain Magazine from 2008 to 2011 and is currently a mentor in the University of Saskatchewan's MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has worked with many emerging writers, in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and forms that blur genres and/or disciplines. 

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