Nova Scotia Writers Retreat

July 24-28, 2023 at a private home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (limited to 8 writers)

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A seaside hike may be part of this writers retreat in Nova Scotia in July 2023
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Retreat theme: How place shapes identity

Are you looking for time to devote to your writing?

Interested in building community with other writers?

Eager for feedback on your writing?

Looking to learn techniques to take your writing to the next level?

If any of these ideas resonate, then this retreat is for you!

During the last week of July 2023, eight eager writers will gather daily with Writing Coach & Author Lynne Golodner on the Atlantic Ocean an hour south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an intimate week of writing, workshopping, community and connection. Lynne creates a magical setting in which writing just happens. Experience the camaraderie, community, and connection of deep writing, exploration with words, and elevation of your craft under the guidance and care of a well-published career author!

Immersed in the retreat theme — how place shapes identity fiction writers will look at how place and setting can become a character, and nonfiction writers will explore how place informs, shapes, and impacts identity for the self and those involved in their stories. Of course, both of these approaches apply for poetry!

Retreat fees include breakfast and lunch, plus a final night celebratory dinner and reading around the fire; generative writing prompts; lessons on craft; workshopping participants’ writing in a supportive community setting; and exploration of how to take your writing to the next level and make it your career.

Optional excursions will be available for writers who’d like to see the area and learn more about the landscape. Accommodations are on your own, with many options in nearby Lunenburg, which is 4 km from the retreat location. (Book early – this is a popular destination!)

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is a UNESCO World Heritage site, where 70% of the original colonial buildings date to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Writers will gather in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to work on craft and voice
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Retreat Fees:

Early Bird Registration (before December 31, 2022) $1,495

After January 1, 2023: $1,795

Late registration (if any spots remain available after April 1, 2023): $1,995

Accepted participants must pay a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold their spot; remaining fees are due by April 1, 2023. Space is limited to 8 writers.

The beautiful landscape of Nova Scotia will inspire this writers retreat in July 2023
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To apply for this retreat, send a writing sample of no more than 2,000 words along with an explanation about why you would be an ideal participant for this retreat, and why the theme of place & identity appeals to you, to


  • Elevate your writing
  • Hone your craft
  • Explore the power of place to develop story
  • Deepen your understanding of & comfort with writing techniques
  • Receive feedback on 1 solid piece of writing
  • Generate at least 2 new pieces of writing
  • Make new writer friends who can continue to support you in your work
  • See a gorgeous part of the world with the luxury of time and space to enjoy it
  • Give yourself the gift of time to write, write, write!!

What writers say about Lynne’s retreats…

“This was an outstanding retreat. Lynne is a masterful teacher. She is prepared, yet flexible enough to pivot with class as needed. Furthermore, she has a depth of knowledge that allows for free discussions that were of high value. She also has excellent moderation skills which allow for all voices to be heard and a balanced discussion.”

“Thank you to Lynne for planning such a life-changing retreat!”

A fantastic writing retreat that helped me find new inspiration and form bonds with a phenomenally talented group of writers. Thanks to our instructor, Lynne Golodner, for coordinating a wonderful week and giving us the tools to advance our careers.

“Your retreat was so lovely. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be surrounded by such inspiring people in a beautiful setting with exquisite instruction.”

“This was the finest writing/self-care combo I’ve done so far and I am truly grateful. I felt freed up; there was a flow that truly excited me and inspired me to continue the writing.  You are a terrific teacher.” 

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