Specially designed for writers of all ages and stages of development.

Join some of Canada’s most successful writers for inspiring lectures, discussions, and writing exercises that explore particular points of craft. You’ll find writers retreat master classes on a wide variety of subjects. Whether you’re a new writer or an established wordsmith, you’ll find valuable tips to invigorate your prose.

NEW in 2018! Writers Retreat master classes take place in the Lakeview at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront.

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.

Writers Retreat Packages

(No Seniors pricing) – only available via the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront. To order, call 613-549-8100 or visit their website to select the dates of your stay and add your package!

Two-Day Retreat $550.00 plus HST and handling fees

Includes 2 hotel nights at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, 3 Writers Retreat Master Classes each day, and 1 evening event 
Option 1. Check in Wednesday night, enjoy An Evening with Rawi Hage event, attend 3 WR classes on both Thursday and Friday (check out Friday am)
Option 2. Check in Thursday night, enjoy the International Marquee, attend 3 WR classes on both Friday and Saturday (check out Saturday am)
Option 3. Check in Friday night, enjoy The Robertson Davies Dinner*** event, 3 WR classes on both Saturday and Sunday (check out Sunday am) 

***The Robertson Davies Dinner is now SOLD OUT. Please contact info@kingstonwritersfest.ca to arrange an alternate ticket.

To purchase, click the Buy Now button, and enter the dates of your visit. You can then select the Writers Retreat package deal option!

Four-Day Retreat $1000.00 plus HST and handling fees

Includes 4 hotel nights at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, 3 Writers Retreat Master Classes each day, and 4 evening events

Check in Wednesday night, enjoy An Evening with Rawi Hage event Wednesday, International Marquee Thursday, Robertson Davies Dinner*** Friday, and The Big Idea Saturday night, plus 3 WR classes daily on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (check out Sunday am)

***The Robertson Davies Dinner is now SOLD OUT. Please contact info@kingstonwritersfest.ca to arrange an alternate ticket.

To purchase, click the Buy Now button, and enter Wednesday, September 26 as your arrival date, and Sunday, September 30 as your departure date. You can then select the Writers Retreat package deal option!

Enjoy 15% off your meal at Delta’s in-house restaurant, AquaTerra – print out your coupon below!

Thank you to our special 2018 Writers Retreat sponsors:

FAQs

What do I have to do to reserve my tickets?

Your package comes with 3 Writers Retreat tickets each day, and an evening event ticket. There is no choice in the tickets except for Saturday night. Once you have purchased your Writers Retreat package through the Delta hotel, you’re all set! You do not have to contact Kingston WritersFest to select your tickets** – they will be automatically reserved for you. They will be delivered to you when check in to the hotel.
** except to choose either event # 36 or #37 if applicableIf your package includes a choice of Saturday evening events – see info below, please email info@kingstonwritersfest.ca with your preference.

What tickets come with my package?

Four-day packages (check-in Wednesday, check out Sunday) receive:
Wednesday – # 2. An Evening with Rawi Hage
Thursday – #3. WR Achieving Style: How to Write a Sentence; #11. WR Writing Point of View; #15. WR Easier Said Than Done: Writing Dialogue; #16. International Marquee
Friday – #18. WR Developing Character; #21. WR Choosing Your Words: What Naming Means; #24. WE Crystallized: Writing Description; (the Robertson Davies dinner is sold out, so ticket holders will receive two events on Saturday night (listed below))
Saturday – #28. WR Beginning, Middle, Ending: Story Architecture; #32. WR Writing Prose with Punch and Wit; #34. Mining the Past; #36. The Big Idea: Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia, and Violence – Connection and Cure; and #37. Saturday Night Speakeasy
Sunday – #38. WR How to Do Research; # 42. WR Writing Culture; #46. WR Word Sounds: Homophonic Translation for Prose or Poetry
Two-day packages receive the following:

Option 1. Check in Wednesday night, check out Friday morning:
Wednesday – # 2. An Evening with Rawi Hage
Thursday – #3. WR Achieving Style: How to Write a Sentence; #11. WR Writing Point of View; #15. WR Easier Said Than Done: Writing Dialogue
Friday – #18. WR Developing Character; #21. WR Choosing Your Words: What Naming Means; #24. WE Crystallized: Writing Description

Option 2. Check in Thursday night, check out Saturday morning:
Thursday – #16. International Marquee
Friday – #18. WR Developing Character; #21. WR Choosing Your Words: What Naming Means; #24. WE Crystallized: Writing Description
Saturday – #28. WR Beginning, Middle, Ending: Story Architecture; #32. WR Writing Prose with Punch and Wit; #34. Mining the Past
Option 3. Check in Friday night, check out Sunday morning
Friday – the Robertson Davies dinner is sold out, so ticket holders have their choice of events on Saturday night (listed below)
Saturday – #28. WR Beginning, Middle, Ending: Story Architecture; #32. WR Writing Prose with Punch and Wit; #34. Mining the Past; and choice of either #36. The Big Idea: Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia, and Violence – Connection and Cure or #37. Saturday Night Speakeasy
Sunday – #38. WR How to Do Research; # 42. WR Writing Culture; #46. WR Word Sounds: Homophonic Translation for Prose or Poetry

Single tickets and pick 5 packages

If you can only attend one or two events, individual tickets are available by clicking on the individual event displayed below (visible starting July 10th @ 12 pm).

Buy 5 and Save! Want to fully customize your experience? Simply select 5 Writers Retreat tickets through the Grand Theatre website (www.kingstongrand.ca) and the discount will automatically be 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.

Enrolment limited to 40. Classes are 2.5 hours long 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.