Pelee Island Book House

The Pelee Island Book House Writers’ Retreat is located on the East shore of the Island. Situated at the Canada/USA boundary between Sandusky, Ohio and Essex County, Ontario, Pelee Island feels a world away. It is the perfect setting for a retreat, renowned for its' birding, monarch migrations, sandy beaches, and serene beauty. When not reading or writing, participants can go for a bike ride to the lighthouse, or walk along the beach, collecting shells and rocks, listen to the birds, and enjoy the breeze from the lake.

Writing Retreats and residencies

Taking part in a Pelee Island writing retreat gives authors the opportunity to focus on their work, free of distraction. Your retreat fees include accommodations, catered meals, and workshops, with the time and space needed to work on a manuscript, while benefiting from inclusion in a creative community. Each retreat offers writers the chance to work on their own and also take part in facilitated workshop sessions, which will combine group discussion and individual text critiques. The workshops will have a maximum participation of 10 students, with a minimum of 6 required for the workshop to take place.

Weekend Workshops are for those who are unable to commit a week's time away but would still like to participate in a workshop. You will arrive Friday evening, the workshop will take place Saturday, and then everyone will go home Sunday after a satisfying breakfast. Pelee Island residents have the opportunity to take part in the Saturday workshop at a discounted price.

There are also 7-day residencies available. The price includes accommodations and catered meals, but there will be no instructors or workshops. A self-directed residency is a low cost alternative if you just need time away to focus on your writing, and you will have plenty of time to write, read, walk, and explore the Island.

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