Treat Yourself to an Immersive Writing Retreat and Make Your Writing Passion a Priority

2020 retreat packages are now on sale!
Writers Retreat instructors and schedule will be announced in late June

Two-Day Retreat:

  • Two hotel nights at the Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge
  • 3 Writers Retreat classes daily (6 total)
  • 1 evening author event
  • Hot breakfast buffet each morning

1. Check in Wednesday, Wednesday evening event, 3 WR classes on both Thursday and Friday (check out Friday)
2. Check in Thursday, Thursday evening event, 3 WR classes on both Friday and Saturday (check out Saturday).
3. Check in Friday, Friday evening event, 3 WR classes on both Saturday and Sunday (check out Sunday).

$650 plus HST (all handling fees included)




Bundle up! Planning to share a room with a fellow retreat participant? Add a tickets-only package for only $190 plus HST

Four-Day Retreat:

  • Four hotel nights at the Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge
  • 3 Writers Retreat Master Classes daily (12 classes total). 
  • 4 evening author events
  • Hot breakfast buffet each morning

Your chance to enjoy the full, immersive experience!

Check in Wednesday night, attend three Writers Retreat Master Classes per day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and take in an evening author event on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Check out Sunday morning.

$1200 plus HST (all handling fees included)




Bundle up! Planning to share a room with a fellow retreat participant? Add a tickets-only package for only $380 plus HST




What do I have to do to reserve my tickets?

Once you have purchased your Writers Retreat package, you’re all set! Your tickets will be automatically reserved for you and will be waiting for you at the Residence Inn reception desk when you check into the hotel.

What tickets come with my package?

Four-day packages (check-in Wednesday, check out Sunday) receive:
Wednesday – 1 evening event
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 3 Writers Retreat classes each day, 1 evening event each day
Sunday -3 Writers Retreat classes
Two-day packages receive the following:

Option 1. Check in Wednesday night, check out Friday morning:
Thursday -3 Writers Retreat classes, 1 evening event
Friday -3 Writers Retreat classes

Option 2. Check in Thursday night, check out Saturday morning:
Friday – 3 Writers Retreat classes, 1 evening event
Saturday -3 Writers Retreat classes
Option 3. Check in Friday night, check out Sunday morning
Saturday -3 Writers Retreat classes, 1 evening event
Sunday -3 Writers Retreat classes

Enjoy two or four days of inspiration and revitalization set against the waterfront backdrop of beautiful, historic downtown Kingston

Finding the space, time, and energy to write can be a challenge. Families, jobs, day-to-day chores, and the inertia of staring at the same four walls can sap your motivation and stunt your creativity. This September, take the time to commit to your writing and yourself, to get away, recharge, and get inspired.

Our Writers Retreat offers you the opportunity to learn practical writing techniques from a dozen award-winning and critically acclaimed authors in an intimate, judgement-free environment. Whether you’ve been writing for years, or just putting pen to paper, these classes will improve your skills, increase your confidence, and help you to become a more expressive, effective writer.

Your writing getaway starts when you check into a spacious Studio Suite at the Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge, nestled right on the shore of Lake Ontario. Step outside and you are on Kingston’s 8km waterfront trail, and steps from historic sites, vibrant downtown shopping, hip coffee shops, and world-class restaurants. Each room features luxury bedding, full kitchen, and separate areas for sleeping, working, dining, and relaxing. Spread out your writing tools, chill a bottle of wine, and tuck a few snack supplies in the fridge (for late-night inspiration). And don’t forget to pack your swimsuit for a dip in the saltwater pool and whirlpool!

What’s nicer than to have breakfast made for you? Before each day of instruction begins in the adjacent comfortably-appointed classroom, prepare your body and mind with a complimentary hot buffet breakfast served in the cozy Hearth Room, or enjoy your breakfast on the Harbourview Terrace, with the beauty of pastoral Wolfe Island just across the water to inspire you.

Here’s what 2019 attendees had to say about the Writers Retreat:

“Wonderful, caring, supportive, structured presentation. Answered thoughts I wondered about plus added so much more insight.”
 “Very meaty, well prepared, lots of fundamental ideas presented in a new and creative way.” 
“Best writing workshop I have ever taken. Others at my table agreed.”
“Awesome, amazing, thoughtful, cerebral, emotional, enlightening.”
“Excellent/interactive workshop with wonderful resources and audience participation…. BRILLIANT!”
“This workshop was great fun! Helped to take the anxiety out of writing and I appreciate so many guided writing exercises. So much to take away with me!”

Under 18? Visit the TeensWrite! Workshops page for details of our 90-minute teens only classes. TeensWrite! Master Classes take place in the Sir John A. Macdonald Room of the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

Cancellation Policy
It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.

No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. We will not issue refunds or credits for failure to attend, failure to complete the retreat, arriving late or leaving early.

The Writers Retreat package is refundable, on a pro-rated basis as follows:
Cancellation prior to Wednesday, June 24: refund less a cancellation fee of 15% of the total retreat cost.
Cancellation between Thursday, June 25 and Wednesday, July 29: refund less a 25% cancellation fee.
Cancellation between Thursday, July 30 and Sunday, August 30: refund less a 50% cancellation fee.
After August 31, fees are non-refundable but registration can be transferred to another person.

Single tickets and pick 5 packages

If you can only attend one or two events, individual tickets are available by clicking on the individual events below.

Buy 5 and Save! Want to fully customize your experience? Select 5 Writers Retreat tickets through the Grand Theatre website (, and choose the Buy 5 option to have the discount applied to your cart. You can also claim this discount in person at their box office (218 Princess St) or by phone at 613-530-2050.
Grand Theatre Box Office hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

Limited enrolment. Classes are 2.5 hours long, unless otherwise stated, and include a 15-minute break.
Bring your computer or a notebook and your favourite writing implement – plus your questions!

There are no upcoming events at this time.