Wild writing in the boreal

a wilderness writing retreat for women with award-winning writers Lauren Carter and Donna Besel

and guest writer Lorri Neilsen Glenn 

April 19-22, 2024

at Falcon Trails Resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, 

on Treaty 3 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe and Metis people 

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Wild Writing in the Boreal is an annual Manitoba writing retreat for beginning, emerging, and experienced writers. Women from Ontario, Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond have gathered for the past four years for this weekend of writing and connecting in a warm, easygoing, and gorgeous environment.

Delicious food, hot tubs, wood-burning stoves, starry nights, nature walks, new friends and, of course, lots of writing, create a weekend to remember. Not to mention our Saturday evening open mic and after-party! 

Past workshops have included sessions on character development, revision, and other explorations in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and 2024’s workshops will be better than ever-–as befits our fifth birthday! Check out detailed descriptions of classes (PDF) with Lauren, Donna, and our guest writer Lorri Neilsen Glenn, joining us from Halifax! 

Wild Writing in the Boreal is an experience like no other. Wake up to the trill of song sparrows, the susurration of trees and first rays rippling the lake. Rise from crisp white linen, savour breakfast of home-cooked goodness, walk into the day ready for inspiring writing workshops that will challenge and encourage in equal measure. Summon the courage to share your work at the open mic while gleaning joy from the creativite expression of fellow writers. Leave with happy memories and a fresh focus on your work and play with words.
Liz Kornelsen
Wild Writing in the Boreal blew my expectations through the roof! The entire weekend was so full of love, honesty, and beautiful writing. Both Lauren and Donna are amazing, talented women that we are all lucky to be learning from. Never have I felt so grounded at a retreat, and I am walking away feeling knowledgable and motivated.
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Kiera Anderson
This retreat is truly a gem! A rich alchemy of sage leadership, delicious food, wonderful women, spectacular nature!
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Retreat Attendee
[Donna and Lauren] pulled me into a deeper level of writing than ever before and the connections made within the all-female group were extremely empowering for me as a woman. I made new friendships and professional contacts at this retreat and I can’t recommend it enough. Regardless of your level of skill or where you are on your writing journey, if you’re passionate about writing, this retreat is for you.
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Elizabeth Page

About Our Guest Writer

Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s forthcoming hybrid memoir, The Old Moon in Her Arms, will be published by Nimbus in 2024. Lorri is the author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, an award-winning work about her Indigenous grandmothers and their contemporaries. The author and contributing editor of fourteen titles of nonfiction and poetry, Lorri was Kjipuktuk’s (Halifax’s) first Métis Poet Laureate. She is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and teaches in The University of King’s College MFA program. Lorri has mentored writers across Canada and in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Chile and has served on several national and regional juries for poetry and creative nonfiction. Lorri was born in Winnipeg, grew up on the prairies and now lives in Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki. Find her: T @neilsenglenn and IG @river2seashore

Join us for a reading and discussion with Lorri about her gorgous new book on the Sunday evening of the retreat!

About Falcon Trails Resort

This family-built-and-run resort in the woods has earned shout-outs from National Geographic, EnRoute Magazine, Canadian Living, and travel influencers from all over. Check out the video above for a glimpse of gorgeous Falcon.  

About the Workshops

This year’s workshops include sessions on writing memoir, hybrid writing, generative prompt writing, and turning your life stories into fiction along with poetry and life-writing with award-winning teacher Lorri Neilsen Glenn. Read all the workshop descriptions on this PDF (when you register with the resort you will choose your sessions).  

What Else Do You Get?

  • Two or three nights in your accommodations (single, double, or triple) in cabins with wood stoves and hot tubs 
  • Incredible meals, eaten family style 
  • A welcoming swag bag of writerly goodies 
  • New friendships and community with women writers 
  • Time away from the daily grind to reconnect with your words 
  • A chance to share your work at the low-pressure open mic 
  • Workshops led by award-winning, experience authors—and the chance to chat writing and the writing life at the breakfast table (and beyond!) 
  • Marked hiking trails, including the 3.4 km Top of the World loop with its fantastic views  
  • Free time for hot tub soaks,  fireside chats, or whatever else you want to get up to in the woods (“what happens at Falcon…”) 
  • A closing raffle of handcrafted items to say thank you, including one of Lauren’s annually gifted ‘magical writer shawls’ 

Wondering what all this costs?

Three or Four to a Cabin: $640

Two per Cabin: $700 SOLD OUT

Private Cabin: $1000 SOLD OUT

Includes meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast, use of the resort, and all programming

Plus, stay over on Sunday night to attend the reading for no extra cost!

Wanna come?
Book by contacting the resort at 204.349.8273 or...

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