LOOKING for inspiration? Yearning for a relaxing weekend to hone your skills? We have the opportunity you've been looking for.


In the grand tradition of OIW, we want to invite you to  our annual writing retreats. Our next retreat will be May 24 -26, 2019


The 2018 Annual Spring Writers Retreat & Workshop took place at the amazing Cove Inn, in Westport, Ontario.

2019 OIW Retreat

The Cove Inn has two adjoining waterside locations for accommodations, both of which were built in the late 19th Century. They are the Fredenburgh House overlooking the Upper Rideau Lake and the Main Inn overlooking the Westport Pond.

The 2019 weekend retreat starts on:

Friday May 24th at 4 pm and ends on Sunday May 26th at 4 pm. 

2 ½ days of writing and relaxation to rejuvenate the senses and bring your prose to life.

This year we are proud to have award-winning novelist and poet Steven Heighton as our facilitator!


The weekend will be designed to help writers generate new writing, both on the spot and, of course, in the days and months following the weekend. Heighton will lead several seminars, starting with the "Writing as Re-enaction" workshop that he has presented at a number of retreats and
universities. Other seminars will follow, all designed to challenge, re-orient, amuse, and inspire participants.

Here's the link to Steve Heighton's author page.

For more information, please contact Susan Jennings at: oiwandsusan@gmail.com


Accommodation: The Cove Inn where the workshop will take place and yes it is a special rate and includes meals.

Single occupancy is $140 per night ($280 for the weekend) Double occupancy is $120 per night per person ($240 for the weekend including meals, dinner on Friday, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Six meals in all. Taxes are not included. 


The Workshop  fees are $190 for OIW members and $240 for non-OIW members. Please pay for the workshop through OIW either through PayPal below, mail a check or pay in person at a meeting. Once registered email Susan oiwandsusan@gmail.com and she will forward details remainder of the details and notify you of any changes.


Please Book your accommodation directly with The Cove Inn 

To contact the Cove Inn for reservations, call 1-888-268-3466