Each year, Patrick Lane offers three writing retreats on beautiful Vancouver Island. Two are led by Patrick, one by Lorna Crozier. At each of these retreats, a group of poets comes together for four days to improve their craft through writing exercises and discussion. New work is at the heart of these retreats, where Patrick provides structure, guidance, editing advice and personal consultation. These retreats are not traditional workshops, although all work done there is read and discussed during a free exchange of poems. Poets who participate bring with them years of study and practice, and many have gone on to publish in magazines, chapbooks and books, and have as well been the recipients of numerous awards and prizes.
Each retreat results in a beautiful chapbook anthology containing a poem written at the retreat by each participant, with an introduction by Patrick or Lorna. The chapbooks are created by one of Canada’s finest book designers, Ursula Vaira, the publisher of Leaf Press.
These retreats, which always take place from a Thursday to Sunday, are often fully booked a year or more in advance. Should you apply and find the retreat you've applied for to be fully booked, please request a spot on the waiting list. Cancellations do come up. You may also explore the possibility of attending one of the other retreats.
January, July and November
Honeymoon Bay Resort at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island
For more information and to register, please go to lizmcnally.com
January 5–8, led by Lorna Crozier
July 6–9, led by Patrick Lane
November 16–19, led by Patrick Lane