Independent Writer’s Retreat 2012

August 5, 2012 - August 10, 2012

Independent Writer’s Retreat 2012

Aug 5 – Aug 10, 2012

Sun 7:00 PM – Fri 1:00 PM


“Your expertise provided me with guidance and your spirit offered inspiration.”

“Gratitude for the safe, non-judgemental quiet environment.” Past Participants

This is an invitation to writers who want to work independently on a manuscript, in a community designed to support writers. Unique to this retreat, is that you also have the option of workshopping your writing in the evenings. Facilitators Gwen Davies and Shauntay Grant will guide you in giving and receiving feedback, drawing on their experience in writing and teaching poetry, drama, children’s literature, fiction, and memoir.

Program Cost: $550 ($165 tuition + $385 meals/single room accommodations)

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your spot in this program.


Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies is a writer, creative writing teacher, and the founder of Nova Scotia’s summer writing retreat Community of Writers. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines including The Antigonish Review and Pottersfield Portfolio, and in The Blue Jean Collection from Thistledown Press. She won the Javier de Mier Literary Contest in Madrid, Spain (in translation) in 2002. Gwen has also worked across Canada as a plain language consultant, and in Nova Scotia as a journalist for the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Atlantic Insight Magazine and others. She graduated with a BA Hons from Wilfrid Laurier and a BJ from King’s, and is an active member of the writing community of Nova Scotia.

Shauntay Grant

Shauntay Grant is a writer, spoken word performer, musician, and creative arts facilitator. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate in 2010.

Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults. She is the artistic producer for Wordrhythm Productions, and she coordinates the arts-for-social change project Poets 4 Change. Shauntay is the recipient of a 2011 INSPIRE Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters and a 2010 Poet Of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia, and she is the host of CBC Radio’s regional music program All The Best.

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