2017 Rural Writers Retreat: only a few days left for the early bird rate!

Register by the end of February 1st, and the early-bird rate is still in effect. Only $395 gets you three nights lodging, all lunches and dinners, and all workshops! It’s the deal of the year!

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Our First Two Workshop Hosts for 2017

We are excited to announce two of our workshop hosts for 2017…

  • Elee Kraljii Gardiner. She founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective. She is the editor and publisher of seven anthologies from the Collective and the coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). A book of poetry, serpentine loop, is new from Anvil Press in spring 2016. (More about her)
  • Krystal Yee is a professional writer and blogger. With over 8 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, and writing, my career has spanned a variety of different industries. From ghost writing in the provincial government, event coordinating for a professional hockey team, to marketing cold water survival gear – I’ve done just about everything. These experiences have given me the ability to easily adapt, learn quickly, and hit the ground running in any new working environment.
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The next Rural Writers Retreat will be April 27 – 30, 2017

That’s right! Save the date. Once again we will be at the Banner Mountain Lodge, although now in the Spring. April 27th (Thursday) to April 30th (Sunday).

Our format will be similar to that of previous years.

Workshop hosts yet to be announced….!

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No retreat scheduled for 2015

After five years of annual Rural Writers Retreats in Smithers, we’ve decided to let 2015 be a fallow year. We will not be organizing a retreat this year.

Don’t hesitate to set aside a long weekend in late September for your own personal retreat! And, of course, if any of you is feeling moved to organize your own event, go for it! We could advertise it to our whole list.

We’ll miss you! Thanks so much, and stay tuned for 2016…

– RWR Organizing Committee (Amanda, Kim, Sheila,  Melissa, Morgan…)

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2014 Retreat Preview

Things are coming together for out 2014 retreat. Our writer-hosts will be Donna Kane, David Leach and Martin Crosbie. For more about each of them, see our Retreat Details page.

Registration is not possible yet, but we’re hoping to open it on June 1st.

As before, our venue will be the great Banner Mountain Lodge!

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2013 Hosts will be giving readings across the North

The Saturday night public reading is a regular feature of our annual writers’ retreat. This event is at 7 pm on Sept. 28 at Banner Mountain Lodge in Smithers, BC. The public is welcome to attend.

IN ADDITION, our featured hosts will be giving other readings across the North:

Eden Robinson – fiction: Monkey Beach and Blood Sports

  • Smithers: 12 pm (noon) Thursday, Sept. 26

Northwest Community College, 3966 2nd Avenue

Daniela Elza – poetry: Milk Tooth Bane Bone and The Weight of Dew

  • Prince George: 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 25

Books & Company, 1685 3rd Avenue

  • Terrace:  7 pm Sunday, Sept. 29

Green Blossom Studio (greenblossomstudio.wordpress.com), 2406 Pear St., Terrace B.C.  For more info, contact Joan Conway 250-635-6753emmajoanc@gmail.com

  • Smithers: 12 pm (noon) Monday, Sept. 30

Smithers Public Library, 3817 Alfred Avenue

Laura Robinson – journalism and sports writing: Cyclist Bike List

  • Smithers: 4 pm Sunday Sept 29

McBike & Sport, 1191 Main Street

  • Prince George: 7 pm Oct. 2

Books & Company, 1685 3rd Avenue

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Registration closed

We’ve closed registration at this point for the 2013 retreat. The wait-list is no longer available.

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Retreat Full!

As of June 23rd, the retreat is full. Wow, that was a quick response!

Thanks everyone who has registered. We are maintaining a wait list, for those of you who would still like to register. See the top of the Retreat Details page.

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Only five beds left

We have not yet reached the early-bird registration deadline, and already, incredibly, we have only 5 beds left at the Banner Mountain Lodge for September’s Rural Writers Retreat in Smithers. Wow!

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2013 Registration Opens!

Registration has begun for the 2013 Rural Writers in Residence from September 26 -29 and the organizing committee is pleased to already have its first two registrants!

Considering the success of last year’s event, we expect this year’s to fill up quickly, so be sure to register before the July 1st early registration deadline.   Registration fee includes all meals, workshops and events. Prices as follows (please note discounted rates for Federation of BC Writers members):

Early registration (ending July 1): $325
Full registration (after July 1): $375
Federation of BC Writers members’ rate: $275 early registration, $350 full registration

This year again the Banner Mountain Lodge will be our venue! Go to our Registration page to get started!

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