• Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $5,568.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,168.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,888.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,293.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $6,355.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $5,802.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $5,249.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $3,181.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,901.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,621.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,334.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,991.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,991.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,991.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,956.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,562.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,711.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,536.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 21
Ends with lunch on May 28

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Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $850 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: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

May 21 - 28, 2023

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, several craft intensives (focusing on subjects such as character, point of view, narrative distance, etc), and nightly fire-side conversations about writing 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.

Sample Work

Please note that upon registration, 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.


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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’…
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Betsy Warland
Betsy Warland has published 14 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 2023, a second edition of Breathing the Page will include nine new essays and be published by Cormorant Books, Toronto. In 2022,…
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