AWCS Writers’ Retreat – A Very Wordy Weekend

CANCELLED for 2021





COVID 19 UPDATE: Due to the ongoing public health emergency in Alberta, the 2021 Writers Retreat is cancelled this year. We hope to be back in 2022.  



  • One-week prior to retreat, you will be required to sign and submit a COVID declaration.
  • Masks may be required when physical distancing is not possible.
  • For 2021, the retreat will be fully self-directed.
  • Fee includes: 3 nights accommodations and meals.  



We have been in isolation for nearly a year. It’s time to reconnect and write. All precautions will be taken for physical distancing while still offering you a great writing experience with friends and colleagues. 

Unplug for a weekend of writing with fellow writers at the URSA Retreat Centre just 15 minutes north of Cochrane.

Reconnect with your creative self, all on the very property W.O. Mitchell used to write. You will have lots of solitary and group writing time, opportunities to connect and discuss your current projects and receive peer advice. 

Unwind at the end of the day around the covered fire pit with a glass of wine and lively discussion with friends. Instruments welcome and encouraged.

The fee includes 3-nights accommodations, meals and all the writing time you can handle and support from your peers. 

Shared accommodations. Rooms include single beds with attached/shared washrooms. 2, 4 or 8 people per room. (the 8-person room is equipped with 4 bunkbeds.) Some rooms have desks, but not all of them. Lots of writing space available in the dining room, rec room, hallways and library.

Rooms will be assigned upon check in. Private Rooms may be possible depending on number of participants.

Driving directions and workshop information will be sent out one week prior to retreat.

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Just let us know upon registration.

Facility is completely wheelchair accessible.

ONLY 14 SPOTS AVAILABLE. (additional spots may be added if AHS guidelines allow)

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