SK Writers/Artists Retreats

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Information on Retreats

"For serious writers and artists, a two-week retreat at St. Peter's Abbey is worth five weeks in Honolulu. The time spent is simply more productive and more fun."

-- Dave Carpenter (Saskatoon)

Since the inception of the SWG in 1969, writers in Saskatchewan have recognized the need for a place where they could work without disruption. Retreats are a space for writers to come together; after all, writing is usually a solitary occupation, but the companionship of other writers can be inspiring. A pilot retreat was held in May-June 1979 at Fort San and the launch of the annual retreat program followed its success. Administered entirely by the SWG and subsidized with funding from SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, retreats are offered several times a year for writers and artists from Saskatchewan, Canada, and beyond. 

The SWG retreat is a self-directed program and all applications are juried. Complete adjudication details are available at the end of this page.

If you are travelling to the Retreats via Saskatoon or Regina and need a ride to the Retreats, please let us know in advance. We will try our best to find you a ride!

Please note that 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 and July. These are offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan, other parts of Canada and around the world. Both summer and winter retreats are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. 

Facilitated Retreats will be offered in both July and November 2019. These retreats are intended as teaching situations, in which a Writer-in-Residence will offer guidance and advice to beginner or emerging writers.

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

To apply, please go to the retreat application form.

Note: As of August 1, 2017 CARFAC SK will no longer be subsidizing artists to attend the SWG Writers/Artists Retreats. If artists wish to apply they will need to be members of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Studio fees for artists are not subsidized and are $100 per week. 

NEW! SUMMER FACILITATED RETREAT: July 12 - 19, 2019-- Deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

SUMMER RETREAT: July 19 - August 2, 2019-- Deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

FACILITATED RETREAT:  November 7-10, 2019-- Deadline for applications is October 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 

WINTER RETREAT: February 7-28, 2020-- Deadline for applications is December 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 


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. Saskatchewan resident writers will be given preference for Facilitated Retreats. $300 is the standard fee 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 annually by SWG at St. Peter's Abbey. New in 2019, the SWG will be organizing a week-long summer facilitated retreat in July. Facilitated Retreat Information

Please read the Facilitated Retreat Guidelines before submitting your application.

To apply, please go to the retreat application form 


Individual Retreats are offered year-round for independent writers at St. Peter's Abbey on a very limited basis. Individuals may choose a period of time to work on their own outside the regularly scheduled retreats. 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.

Please note that the individual retreats are open only to Saskatchewan residents and members of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. 

Please contact the SWG if you are interested in an individual retreat or would like more information:


Rising costs for our facilities means we must adjust fees accordingly. The fees for the regular retreats are as follows:

  • SWG members: $375
  • Out-of-province members: $475
  • Out-of-province non-members: $575

Notes on fees: Studio fees for artists are not subsidized and are $100 per week. 

Facilitated Retreat Fees

  • Summer 2019 Facilitated Retreat (July 12-19, 2019) = $475
  • November 2019 Facilitated Retreat (Nov 7-10, 2019) = $300

Late Fees and Payments

A non-refundable late fee of $35 will apply to all applications received after the application deadline, and will be payable at the time of application.

NEW! A late fee of $35 will apply to all payments outstanding as of one month prior to the start of the retreat.

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

Please note that this adjudication process is completed approximately two weeks after the deadline. 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

Applicants may apply online
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"The Retreat in Muenster offers you not only a unique writing community and an unforgettable experience but also a chance for introspection, a close look into the prairies of your soul and a possibility to re-think everything you have ever written before."

--Judit Hollos (Hungary)

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