SK Writers/Artists Retreats

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Information on Retreats

Since the inception of the SWG in 1969, interest in a retreat site grew and writers recognized the need for a place where they could work without disruption. After a meeting of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild in 1978, a pilot retreat was held in May-June 1979 at Fort San. With the success fo the pilot, the SWG retreat program began in 1979. Administered entirely by the SWG, retreats are offered several times a year for writers and artists from Saskatchewan, Canada, and beyond. 

There are several different types of SK Writers/Artists retreat programs that are offered and subsidized through the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild with funding from SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries. 

The SWG retreat is a self-directed program and all applications are juried.

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 work to find you a ride!

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.

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. 

FACILITATED RETREAT:  November 8-11, 2018-- Deadline for applications is October 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 

WINTER RETREAT: February 1 - 22, 2019-- Deadline for applications is December 17, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 

SUMMER RETREAT: July 12 - August 2, 2019-- Deadline for applications is April 15, 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. 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 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. 

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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