Whistler One Day Writing Retreats

Whistler One Day Writing Retreat & Workshop with poet Leanne Dunic

Our Whistler One Day Writing Retreat is back! How does an uninterrupted day of writing, and a desk with a view of the mountains and a glacial lake sound to you?

What to Expect:

We’ll start with a meet and greet, including a summary of what you’re working on and/or your writing goals. Poet Leanne Dunic will then lead a creative writing workshop before you find a quiet writing spot in the lodge to spend the rest of the day. Writers will meet again for a delicious potluck meal to share ideas on craft and troubleshoot projects. (Psst, see Bonus! info at the end of this post)

Retreat Date: Sunday April 21, 9am to 4pm

Where: The Point Artist-run Centre on Alta Lake Rd in Whistler – Note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible.

All writers any stage of their writing journey are welcome. Register now before it sells out!

Investment: $50 per person

Please bring a snack and food to share for the potluck meal. Maximum of 15 participants per retreat date.

* The Point Artist-run Centre is a rustic cabin located in a rural area. There are three flights of stairs to access this venue. If accessibility is a concern, please contact us at writers@whistlerwritersfest.com to discuss an alternate access option.

** If cost is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at writers@whistlerwritersfest.com so we can discuss options to make a writing retreat happen for you.

Bonus! Leanne will read from her newest poetry collection, Wet, at a free open mic event at the Whistler Library on Sat, April 20 @ 7pm. Get your ticket & sign up to read at the open mic here.

Using Experimentation to Invigorate Your Writing  

On April 21, the One Day Retreat will offer a special, one-hour workshop.

In this one-hour class, we’ll review published examples of hybrid forms and together we will deconstruct and reinvent traditional texts to explore exciting ways of marrying form with content. We’ll explore the flexibility of language and discuss ways of drawing on other art forms for inspiration. Writers will leave this session inspired to experiment with form, using an arsenal of ideas and approaches.


Leanne Dunic transgresses genres and form to produce projects such as One and a Half of You (Talonbooks 2021), To Love the Coming End (Book*Hug / Chin Music Press 2017), and The Gift (Book*Hug 2019). Her most recent work is a lyric novel with photographs entitled, Wet. She is the leader of the band The Deep Cove and lives on the unceded and occupied Traditional Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Swx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples.