Gail Anderson-Dargatz  

Writing Retreat


Our retreat is on hold until 2024. But please contact Gail's office to put your name on the interest list. Stay well and watch for updates.

This week-long writing retreat in the Shuswap region of BC is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder. Perfect for both Shuswap-Thompson-Okanagan writers and those who are visiting the breathtaking landscape found in so much of Gail's writing.

New format for fall 2024!

Starting in fall 2024, writers will enjoy five morning master classes with Gail, each on a different aspect of craft, that will help you develop your project to the fullest. While you can expect fun exercises and discussion during the master classes, we will not critique each other's work as we have in previous retreats. No extra reading! Your focus will be on your project alone.

Write and relax:

Following the morning sessions, soak in a relaxed, restful atmosphere in which to write for the rest of the day. Take quiet walks through the lovely Sorrento Centre property and down to the beach, or explore the beautiful surrounding Shuswap landscape. The centre is walking distance from the villiage of Sorrento which has most amenities. Later in the day, get to know the other writers during meals and informal evening socials.

Gail also offers each writer a private blue pencil session, so be prepared to bring a sample of your writing, of no more than 2,000 words, to that discussion.

Count on an experience that will jumpstart your project and transform your writing life.


Watch for updates for 2024.


Sorrento Centre, 1159 Passchendaele Road Sorrento, BC.

Where to stay:

Writers are responsible for arranging their own accomodation, but we've made that easy. We've arranged for highly affordable rooms at the Sorrento Centre, the location of the retreat. For the full retreat experience, we recommend that even local writers stay in this wonderful location.

Once you've registered with us, phone to book your room in the Richardson Lodge: 250 675-2421 or (toll-free) 1 866-694-2409. Ask for the Richardson Lodge, and for the October writing retreat with Gail Anderson-Dargatz.

Our retreat begins with a relaxed meet and greet over supper in the Richardson Lodge cafeteria on the evening of Sunday, September 27. Morning master classes continue from September 28 to October 2. Our week ends with lunch after our final master class on Friday, October 2.

Another event begins at the Richardson Lodge on the evening of October 2, so if you need to stay that night because of travel, let staff at the Sorrento Centre know on booking your room. They'll help you out.

Where to eat:

An affordable meal package is available for you at the Sorrento Centre dining room for the length of your stay. When you book your accomodation, ask for details about the meal package. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the Richardson Lodge, the same building that houses our morning master classes.

For more or to put your name on the interest list, email


As the retreat is on hold until 2024, please watch for updates or contact Gail's office to put your name on the interest list.

The cost for the retreat is $875 plus GST/HST of your province.

Early Bird discount: $75 off until May 1. Click on the purchase button below and when the prompt appears, use this discount code: EARLYBIRD.

As seating is limited, to hold your place, the full fee is due on registration.

Don't like paying online? No problem. Let us know and we'll set you up.


Work with Gail

Gail works with writers at all levels, from newbies to pros. Choose the course that best suits your project.

Creative Writing Course

Work independently and at your own pace as you learn how to put together the building blocks of fiction. Great for newbies and emerging writers.

Blue Pencil Sessions

Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full workshop. Book at any time.

Fiction Mentorships

Gail's flagship course. In this one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship, Gail will guide you as you put together your fiction project.

Developmental Edits

For writers with a complete draft. This manuscript evaluation focuses on the big picture but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft.

Writing Retreat

This week-long writing retreat in the Shuswap region of BC is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.

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About Gail

Gail's novels have been national and international bestsellers and two have been short-listed for the Giller Prize, among other awards. She works with writers from around the world on her online teaching forums.