Immersive creative environments.

Distinguished faculty • Process-oriented approach • Vibrant community

Every spring and summer, Sage Hill Writing welcomes cohorts of talented writers from across genres and writing backgrounds. Whether you are an established or emerging writer, we have a program to support you in your creative process.

Our writing retreats offer challenging but supportive environments where you can take your literary projects to the next level, mentored by distinguished faculty and as part of a welcoming community of writers. Our alumni form life-long community bonds, and often return to Sage Hill when working on new projects.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the 2022 writing retreats!
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Applications are open to writers in Canada and abroad.
Have a question about our writing retreats? Contact us.

I worked on my first novel, The Bone Cage, [at Sage Hill]. It went on to be a Canada Reads finalist and has taken me on so many adventures.

Angie Abdou, Alumna

Spring Colloquium

Focusing on your writing doesn’t have to be a solitary action. In the Spring Colloquium, you can delve into your manuscript in a small-group retreat environment that facilitates deep-immersion into the writing process. With individual manuscript consultations and stimulating seminar discussions, you will have the tools you need to bring new energy to your project.

Application guidelines: The Spring Colloquium is a facilitated retreat designed for writers who have a publication record of at least one book, or the equivalent in periodicals, and are working towards manuscript completion.

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The Fiction Colloquium led by Marina Endicott was the perfect mix of writing retreat and craft bootcamp, peppered with monkish humour, guitar singalongs, and chickadees eating peanuts from our palms. I will never forget it.

Brooke Lockyer, 2022 Fiction Colloquium

Sage Hill offers a Poetry Colloquium on rotation with a Fiction Colloquium. In 2022, a Fiction Colloquium was offered in May. The next Poetry Colloquium is planned for 2023.

During the summer months, the annual Poetry Course and the Fiction Course are an excellent alternative to the colloquiums.

Summer Courses

The craft of writing is a lifelong exercise in learning. That’s why Sage Hill’s Summer Courses (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting and Emerging Writers’) are designed as a forum for writers at all stages of their careers to focus on developing their skills, exchange ideas and learn from both mentors and peers. Bring your new or ongoing writing project to these small-group facilitated retreats, where you will take the next step in your process supported by a vibrant community of writers.

Application guidelines: The Summer Courses each have their own guidelines. You do not need to be published to apply to the Emerging Writers’ Course.

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My time at the Sage Hill Fiction Summer Course was life-changing… Our fearless [instructor], Yasuko, changed my relationship with writing for the better. She created a simultaneously generative, open, and kind environment, and I have implemented her tools into my daily writing practice.

Kristina Stocks, 2022 Fiction Course

If you have any questions about these programs, you can always contact us!

Many thanks to our partners & sponsors for the writing retreats: