• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,131.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,921.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,466.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,764.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,344.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,924.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,382.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,172.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,962.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,556.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,556.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,556.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,293.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on October 17
Ends with lunch on October 24

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $625 CAD

Package Price: $1,402 - $3,131 CAD / 7 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Taxes and fees are additional. A $395 deposit is required at registration, with the balance due on your departure day.

Health & Safety: Learn more about our Covid-19 policies and procedures here.

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Dark & Stormy Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

October 17 - 24, 2021

Program is fully booked

Dark and Stormy is a 7-day retreat – free from interruption – to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers. This unique retreat combines self-directed writing time, a one-on-one session with Betsy or Shaena and nightly fire-side conversations about craft and the writing life.

Writers should be working on a project, or fully ready to dive in,  in order to maximize their use of this deep dive retreat.

Please note that participants will be asked to send 5 pages of fiction, non-fiction, story, or memoir, as well as a brief (3 paragraph) description of the work as a whole. Shaena and Betsy will read these in advance. Instructions will follow registration.

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.



Shaena Lambert
Shaena Lambert is an award-winning fiction writer, author of four books, most recently Petra (Random House Canada, 2020). Her other works are Oh, My Darling, Radiance and The Falling Woman. She has mentored writers and taught writing for over 15 years at some of Canada’s finest writing schools, including The Humber School for Writers and The Writers’ Studio at SFU. Her stories have been chosen 4 times for Best Canadian Stories, and she’s been a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the BC Book Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and The Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story. Three of her books were chosen as Best Books of the…
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Betsy Warland
Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template: an interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, guest writers’ and artists’ work and lively comments from salon readers. In March of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas launched Caitlin Press’s new imprint, Dagger Editions. Warland has been teaching creative writing workshops and courses for the past 35 years. She initiated and coordinated Women and Words—les femmes et le…
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