A Call for Poets: Writing Retreat with Lorna Crozier

This workshop is part of the summer celebration series: Healing Earth


Sunday, September 9 – Saturday, September 15, 2018 (Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch)

If 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.
Lorna at Wintergreen

In this guided writing workshop and retreat, 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 is sure to form during this extraordinary week at Wintergreen.

A week or two 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. You will also be invited to bring books of poetry by other poets to share as the week unfolds.

What’s for dinner?

You will arrive at Wintergreen for dinner on Sunday, September 9, and enjoy the company of Lorna and  fellow poets as you become familiar with Wintergreen for the first time, or reacquaint yourself with the 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.

For the first three days, the group will meet each morning for a structured session, to create and read new work. The afternoons are reserved for writing, walks down the Wintergreen trails, and quiet contemplation. Optional yoga sessions will also be offered during the week (by donation). The last few days will give you more time to write on your own, with Lorna ever present, ready to encourage and advise. On the evening of Thursday, September 13, a public reading will take place. As a workshop participant, you are entitled to invite a guest at no charge (and there is, of course, no charge for workshop participants, either!). On the evening of Friday, September 14, you will hold your own community reading, sharing work that you have produced during the week.

Poets strolling down the Wintergreen trails

You will not be editing poems that have already been committed to the page prior to arriving at Wintergreen. 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.

Evening gathering

For the past several years, these new poems have been collected into a chapbook, published by the Wintergreen Studios Press. The first, published in 2015, was called Momma’s Prayer Flags. The second collection (2016), Sound Me When I’m Done, was followed by last year’s collection, Teasing the Tongue. Click on the titles to learn more about them. We hope this year’s group will also elect to publish their new work. Lorna will tell you more about the possibility—and the logistics—when you’re all gathered at Wintergreen.

The class of 2017! (photo by Peter Coffman)


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, an d 2013, in the cold of winter in 2014, and in the spring time of 2015, 2016, and 2017, 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.


Strangers who have become friends, 2017

Pricing includes tuition, meals (18 meals), and accommodation (6 nights), except for the off-site option. HST extra. $250 non-refundable deposit. Please read the registration form carefully regarding deposit, payment, and cancellation. We are able to refund most of the fee if you cancel well in advance, but as the workshop approaches, the refund policy is less lenient. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list for a shared or private room in the lodge if that accommodation choice is no longer available when you register.

Workshop registration closes August 20, 2018.


Facilities and meals, but no overnight accommodation – $1350.


Tenting at Wintergreen – $1450.
Remote woodland cabins (Parthenon and Hobbit House) – $1650.
Lodge, shared room with 4 twin beds – $1650.
Lodge, shared room with 2 twin beds – $1750.
Beach House (cabin near lodge) – $1950 private, $3100 shared.
Lodge, private room with twin or double – $2100.


You may also stay in Westport at a B&B (although you’ll be having breakfast at Wintergreen), about a 15 minute drive from Wintergreen. We’ve negotiated a special rate: Westport B&B – $1850.


Register here for this week-long workshop.