Facilitated Retreats

Focus on Writing and Guidance

Facilitated Retreats are open to anyone living in Saskatchewan who likes to write. The retreat is designed as a time for participants to focus on their writing and to gain encouragement and motivation by interacting with the Writer-In-Residence and fellow participants. These retreats are intended as teaching situations, in which a Writer-in-Residence will offer guidance and advice to beginner or emerging writers. Facilitated retreats are offered each spring and fall at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK

Writers of all genres are encouraged to apply. For writers wishing to attend the SWG Writers/Artists Retreats but who may not qualify or who feel they’d like a taste of a writing retreat first, the SWG recommends attending a facilitated retreat as an introduction.

Preference will be given to SWG members who have not published a book and who have never attended any of the SWG retreats. This facilitated retreat is primarily a retreat for beginning and emerging writers and priority will be given to these writers. However, if there is space available, we will consider applications from established writers and non-SK residents.

Our 2022 Facilitated Retreat dates are:

  • Spring Facilitated Retreat on April 28 - May 1, 2022
  • Fall Facilitated Retreat on November 10-13, 2022

Watch our website for more details in 2022.

Retreat fees

The $325 retreat fees cover all consultation and classes with the Writer-in-Residence, private rooms and food for three days.

COVID Guidelines

Please note that the SWG and St. Peter’s Abbey are working hard to provide a safe and enjoyable Facilitated Retreat. This retreat will be held in Lower Severin Hall, which has private rooms and bathrooms for each retreatant, as well as communal space large enough to accommodate social distancing. A limited number of retreatants will be accepted. We encourage participants to provide their own transportation to and from the retreat.

All attendees must abide by the following protocols for SWG in-person events:

  • Wear a mask when gathering with other retreatants in public spaces.
  • Social distancing required
  • Retreatants will be required to show proof of double vaccination or negative COVID test results (within 72 hours) to SWG staff upon arrival at the retreat.  No private information will be recorded or stored.

We will follow provincial guidelines for acceptable proof of vaccination and required COVID protocols.


Application Guidelines

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older and the application must include:

  1. The completed application form 
  2. A cover letter that states: 
  • your name, address and phone numbers;
  • short description of the type of work to be done at the retreat;
  • a paragraph or two describing your writing experience;
  • a paragraph about why you wish to attend the Facilitated Retreat;
  • previous retreat stays, if any; and
  • the names and contact information for two references who are familiar with your writing and can attest to your ability to work independently.

    3. Writing sample, no more than 10 pages long, on which you wish to consult the Writer-in-Residence during the retreat.

    4. All submissions must be received through our online application process.

Application form

Applications are currently closed.


  • Payment is due two weeks after notification of acceptance to the facilitated retreat and can be paid online, by cheque or credit card via phone.
  • Non-payment of fees will result in rejection of your application without exception. 
  • A non-refundable late fee of $35 will apply to all applications received after the application deadline, and will be payable at the time of application.
  • A late fee of $35 will apply to all payments outstanding as of two weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation refunds will be processed as follows:

  • 30 days or more prior to start date: 75% of funds returned.
  • 14 days prior to retreat start date: 50% of funds returned.
  • 7 days prior to retreat start date: 25% of funds returned.
  • Cancellations within one week of retreat start dates are non-refundable.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants who apply by the deadline will be given first consideration although, if there are spaces available, applications will be considered up to two weeks prior to the beginning of the retreat.
  • If space is limited, preference will be given to those who have not had previous opportunities to attend.
  • Preference will be given to Saskatchewan residents. 

Doris Hillis Scholarship

The Doris Hillis Scholarship provides one recipient with program fees for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s fall Facilitated Retreat at St. Peter’s Abbey. The scholarship is intended for an emerging BIPOC Saskatchewan writer working on poetry or drama. Your application to this scholarship must be received at the same time as your application to attend the facilitated retreat.



Eligible recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identified BIPOC writer (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour)
  • Are a developing writer, defined as being in the early stages of their writing and has not yet published a book or equivalent
  • Have a poetry or drama project to work on at the Facilitated Retreat
  • Are a resident of Saskatchewan and have been for one year prior to the beginning of the retreat

The successful scholarship recipient must be accepted to the Facilitated Retreat. Previous recipients of the Scholarship, members of the selection committee, current employees or Board of the SWG are not eligible to be considered for this award.



Applicants will submit an application form with a 1-2 page letter, outlining their response to the following criteria:

  1. Writing experience, including:
    1. How long you have been writing
    2. Any professional development you have undertaken to date (which could include workshops, classes or degrees, immersive experiences like Sage Hill or Banff Centre, writing group membership, working with a mentor, editor or Writer-in-Residence, attending literary learning opportunities, etc.)
    3. Any publications or play productions, including the publications’ name and genre.
  2. Please explain why attending the Facilitated Retreat will benefit you as a writer
  3. Please explain if and how receiving this scholarship may reduce any barriers you may face in attending the Facilitated Retreat. This could include, but is not limited to, financial need.

Application Form

For more information, please contact:

Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743 | E: programs@skwriter.com


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