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  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,518.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,287.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,783.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $5,384.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,929.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,460.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,692.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,482.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,230.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,992.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,705.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,705.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,705.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,589.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,955.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,481.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 15
Ends with lunch on May 22

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Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $725 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

Scholarships: Due to high demand, we are no longer able to accept scholarship applications for this program.

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

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Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

May 15 - 22, 2022

Program is fully booked

Tapping the Stream 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 a sample of their work; 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.

Health & Safety

Learn more about Hollyhock’s current health & safety policies 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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