To write — to really write — we need to drop down into ourselves and our stories. We need to somehow create a depth of focus that lets us see and step into the wide, dazzling possibility of the next page.

We all love the people and places in our lives, but I believe writing comes more easily with dedicated time and space.



Those are beautiful words, right? Luxurious words that conjure images of writing studios filled with cozy armchairs, sunlit windows, and silence.

Like me, you’ve probably learned to write pretty much anywhere – from your living room surrounded by laundry, to busy coffee shops, and even a public library. Yes, I have written in the library.

But sometimes, writers need space – we need time and solitude, like we need water and air.

Writing retreats give us that space. Plus, they offer the perfect excuse to take a vacation alone (or not).At a writing retreat, you can relax and recharge while working on something that’s important to you… whether it’s a novel, a non-fiction book, a short story (or collection of short stories), or…

I especially like facilitated writing retreats that combine solitary free writing with group workshops. The workshop portion gets the writing juices flowing, making solitary writing more productive.

Nov 11 – 13, 2022

In Honour of November National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Yes, we are using NaNoWriMo as the reason and timing for this retreat, but you don’t have to be writing a novel to enjoy the experience of our intimate Writing Weekend!

Space is limited to 6 guests, so book your spot now!

$100 Discount until Oct 3rd

What’s Included in the Writers Weekend Intensive?

  • 3 Days – 2 Nights of shared accommodations in Sylvan Lake:
    • 2 King beds
    • 4 bunks, dorm style
    • 2 shared Bathrooms
  • Group writing exercises
  • 1-on-1 writing coaching tailored to your individual writing needs
  • Meals and Snacks:
    • 2 Suppers
    • 2 Breakfasts
    • 1 Lunch
    • Snacks
  • Alone time to write

You can even spend time brainstorming your book idea with us – 3 X best-selling author, Neil Thrussell, and consummate researcher/writer, Tim Summers. (And enjoy the hospitality of our fabulous hostess and cook, Tina Thrussell!)

For additional details call 403-285-5266 or email

$100 Discount until Oct 3rd

Your Hosts

L. Neil Thrussell

3X International Amazon Best Seller

Neil Recently completed James Patterson’s Master Class in Writing, as well as Bob Proctor’s writing webinar series.

Neil is currently occupying his time writing three fiction and one non-fiction book… all more or less at the same time!

Neil has taught Self- Publishing to an international audience and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you!

Tim Summers

Energized from his recent attendance at DragonCon’s Writers track, Tim is ready to immerse you in the knowledge and insights he gained from the likes of Jim Butcher, Larry Niven and other published authors. With 30 sessions covering the art and business of writing, Tim has filled his toolbox with a renewed understanding of writing, publishing, marketing and succeeding as a writer.

Seated at his grandmother’s typewriter at age 9, Tim started his first novel, A Ghost Story. He went on to write papers, educational courses (along with training materials), romantic poems, and short stories over the years.

He is currently initiating a romantic serial, poetry and short stories site launching this fall. 

Tim brings years of skills in research, knowledge acquisition, writing and life experience to the writer’s table.