Write on the French River

Retreat Schedule and Highlights


Retreat Highlights

Some traditions bear repeating because they’re just too good to miss. Here are two to keep in mind as you plan your packing list.

Student Readings

A highlight of the retreat experience is the closing banquet and student readings.

Your imagination has been firing for days on end. The final night is the time to enjoy the spotlight and to share a short selection of your work. Everyone is encouraged to read an excerpt — 3 minutes, max – from whatever piece they have developed on retreat.

Field Trip

Another not-to-be-missed tradition is the guided river trip with our host, Alex Strachan. Alex brings this historic route to life with lively tales about the region’s extraordinary geology and river lore, including stories of the coureurs des bois – intrepid adventurers on route between the Great Lakes and the Ottawa River, who followed the voyageurs’ route to the west, filling their Montreal canoes with fur pelts.


Retreat Schedule (Tentative)


Option A: Standard Retreat

Option B: Self-Guided Retreat

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