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The Write Retreat at Madawaska Kanu Centre: September 17-19, 2021

Welcome to the Madawaska Valley! Home to beautiful waterways, Algonquin Park and The Write Retreat.

What’s Your Story? Women writers, join us for the opportunity to create, connect, and focus on wellness through workshopping with other writers, yoga and delicious meals.


Please note: Single occupancy room availability is limited. Register today to secure your preferred lodging option.

The Write Retreat Overview

The Write Retreat is a place and a space for writers to come together and create in an environment conducive to wellness. Catered healthy food and optional activities, such as yoga, enhance your experience and allow for relaxation and focus. You will receive Individual conferencing and guidance on your work. All of this nestled in the boreal forest alongside the Madawaska River.

247 River Road
Barry’s Bay, Ontario, CANADA, K0J 1B0
(613) 756-3620 or (888) 652 5268

Click HERE for more details and pictures on MKC’s website.


The Write Retreat provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with other writers, fostering a sense of community, while also giving you the solace you need to engage in the craft of writing. Women writers from emerging to all levels in every genre are welcome. We look forward to meeting you!


  • A pre-retreat conference with Adelle
  • A preparation package (to be sent out by email in July)
  • A meet + greet wine & cheese opening night, including a special presentation
  • Individual time and space to write between workshops
  • Yoga and local, deliciously prepared meals
  • Group guided writing workshops with participant feedback
  • An evening writer’s circle (readings with feedback)
  • Shared readings as a closing experience
  • Optional paddling and lunch on Sunday (extra available option)


Day 1
7:00 pm: Arrivals, site tour, move in, and meet and greet over wine and cheese
8:00 pm: Fireside Discussion with Special Guest Writer – Drew Hayden Taylor

Day 2
7:00 am: Yoga with Stefi
8:00 am: Buffet Breakfast
9:30- 11 am: Guided Writing
12:30 pm: Lunchtime
1:30- 3pm: Guided Writing, followed by optional nature walk
4:00 pm: Snack
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00- 9 pm: Writer’s Circle

Day 3
8:00 am: Buffet Breakfast
9:00- 11 am: Guided Writing and Shared Readings
11:30 am: Closing Ceremonies
12:30 pm: The Last Lunch
1:30- 4 pm: Optional add-on Paddling Experience

Questions? Reach out to Adelle anytime.

Meet the Team

Adelle Purdham
The Write Retreat Founder & Facilitator

Stefi Van Wijk
Yoga Instructor & Director of MKC

Special Guest: Drew Hayden Taylor
Award winning playwright, journalist, novelist, and filmmaker. Read his bio >

What are Past Participants Saying?

“I highly recommend the Write Retreat as a wonderful way to meet fellow writers and improve your own craft. The retreat was high quality and well-organized. I will be back!”
~ Participant

“Adelle is extremely organized, and always speaks from her heart. She is really mindful and caring about her feedback. You can tell she listens well and wants to always create a positive message and “creative critique” for everyone. She is a perfect mentor and does a phenomenal job leading other new aspiring writers. Huge gratitude and gratefulness to be part of such an amazing experience.”

“I heard about The Write Retreat from a friend and it was like the gift of a warm hug.”

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