A Call for Poets: Writing Retreat with Lorna Crozier

This workshop is part of the spring celebration series: Land Art



Sunday May 14 – Saturday May 20, 2017 (Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch)

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-59-40-amIf you love the sound and shape of words, if you are ready to express the small narratives and emotions of your own lives, if you are ready to explore the spirit within you and in the people, places, and things around you,  this guided retreat is for you. Everyone is welcome—beginners and published poets, come one, come all.

In this guided writing workshop and retreat, poet and teacher, Lorna Crozier, will work with you to help you find your stories, your voice, and your passion for words. Become part of a community of writers that will form during this extraordinary week at Wintergreen.

Before the workshop begins, Lorna will send you a few instructions in preparation for your time together. You will be asked to bring only one new poem to the course, and you will be given directions about this poem two weeks before the course begins.

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Photo credit: Kevin Konnyu

You will arrive at Wintergreen for dinner on Sunday, May 14, and enjoy the company of Lorna and  fellow poets as you become familiar with Wintergreen for the first time, or reacquaint yourself with the spring bounties that Wintergreen offers.

Beginning on Monday morning (after a delightful Wintergreen breakfast!) Lorna will invite you to share the work of other poets you find inspiring, and you will begin writing new work: this retreat is all about new work!

sistersFor the first three days, the group will meet each morning for a structured session, to create and read new work. In the afternoons there will be time for contemplation, individual consultations with Lorna, and writing. It might even be warm enough to swim in the lake. Optional yoga sessions will also be offered during the week (by donation). The last few days will give participants an opportunity to write on their own, with Lorna still present, ready to encourage and advise. On Thursday evening, a public reading will take place. Workshop participants are entitled to invite a guest at no charge (and there is, of course, no charge for workshop participants, either!).

Lorna CrozierAs a group you will not be editing poems that have already been committed to the page. Instead, Lorna will give you exercises meant to inspire and generate new material. You will leave this writing retreat at Wintergreen with new poems tucked into your pockets and ideas that will inspire you to continue writing when you get back home.


About the Instructor

Photo/collage credit: Lorna Crozier
Photo/collage credit: Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier has published 17 books of poetry which have garnered Canada’s top awards, including the Governor-General’s Award, two Pat Lowther Awards and the National Magazine Award’s Gold Medal for Poetry. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2005 she read at a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.  In 2011 she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. She has been awarded five honorary doctorates, including one from McGill University, which she received with her husband and partner, Patrick Lane. She is a frequent guest on CBC radio and has read her poetry on every continent except Antarctica.  Her poems have been set to music, made into a film and used as themes in paintings and pottery. Her most recent book, with photographer Ian McAllister, The Wild in You: Voices from the Forest and the Sea, topped the BC bestsellers list in the fall of 2015. Lorna’s previous teaching at Wintergreen, in the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2013, in the cold of winter in 2014, and in the spring of 2015 and 2016, has been most joyfully received. Called “a poet to be grateful for” by Margaret Laurence, she has been an ambassador for poetry wherever she goes.



Except for the off-site option, pricing includes tuition, meals (18 meals), and accommodation (6 nights).


Workshop, meals, facilities, but no overnight accommodation – $1200.


Tenting at Wintergreen – $1350; Remote woodland cabins (Parthenon and Hobbit House) – $1650. Private and shared rooms at the lodge, as well as the Beach House and all woodland cabins, have been booked. We still have tenting sites at Wintergreen, and there are a few places at the Westport B&B.


You may also stay in Westport at a beautiful B&B, about a 15 minute drive from Wintergreen. We’ve negotiated a special rate: Westport B&B – $1800.

HST extra. Deposit non-refundable (see registration form for details).

Workshop registration closes May 1, 2017. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list for a shared or private room in the lodge.

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