Anyone for a writers’ retreat in Haliburton?

So we’re launching a one-week writers’ retreat in the
Haliburton Highlands.

From Sunday July 7 to Friday July 12, I’ll serve as writer-in-residence
at Tamarack Lodge and Art Centre. Tamarack is two and a half hours north of
Toronto. Situated on a motor-free lake, the lodge comprises four cottages and a
“big house” with a separate meeting space.

I’ll lead workshops for five mornings (Monday to
Friday) from 9 to 12. You can spend your afternoons writing . . . or you can go
swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or forest walking. Or you can mix and
match. Evening activities will include a campfire reading, a presentation by
the writer-in-residence, and an evening of student readings.

You will stay in one of the four cottages. Tamarack
will provide lunch and dinner and supplies for a continental breakfast.

The idea is to check in on Sunday
July 7 between 3 and 5 p.m. Check out will be after lunch on Friday July 12. The
cost will be $1150 per person, single-room accommodation, meals included. If anyone wants
to share a room with bunkbeds or twin beds, the cost is $ 995, but you have to
register with a roommate from the beginning.

 We have only eleven spots and they
are available first-come first-serve. The person to contact is Barbara Kraus,
co-owner of Tamarack Lodge. She can be reached at or

In the workshop, Telling
True Stories
, we’ll focus on writing memoir, autobiography, travel articles
– or whatever you are writing. We’ll look at point of view, writing scenes, handling
flashbacks. And we’ll do some in-class freewriting and sharing. You will need
to bring a laptop to make this possible (no printer available).

Also, after you have registered with Barbara, I hope you will send me a 1,500-word work sample which I will distribute for workshopping
among all participants.

For the record, our writer-in-residence (that would be
me) has earned a teaching-excellence award from University of Toronto
(continuing education) and serves as a mentor in the low-residency MFA program in
creative nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax.

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