Retreats & More!
Retreats, Personal Coaching and Contests. Courses and Workshops coming soon.
Our second ever Writerly Retreat was scheduled for May 2020. We've postponed to keep everyone safe. Looking forward to gathering in the not so distant future!
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People from around the world find their way to Squilax International Hostel every year. Located in the sunny Shuswap, BC. With train cabooses to sleep in, as well as a heritage lodge and store, it is rustic, charming, relaxed and a very unique experience.
Imagine yourself with 3-4 days dedicated to you and your writing in a place so laid back, you could wear your pyjamas all day.
Be inspired by the unique writing spots - in your caboose, curled up in the heritage salon, at an outdoor table by the llama, around the firepit, on the dock or, perhaps you'll find some magic along the faerie trail.
And to keep you going: creative mini workshops, a coach to brainstorm with, great food, and kindred spirits.
- Location: Squilax International Hostel, Chase, BC
Details coming soon!
Curious and have some questions? Contact Janet
A writing contest as unique as its setting!
We've re-opened this contest to give you
some inspiration during these challenging times.
Deadline to be announced. Stories welcome anytime.
Once Upon a Sleepy Time
People from around the world find their way to Squilax International Hostel every year. With train cabooses to sleep in, as well as a heritage lodge and store, it is rustic, charming, relaxed and a very unique experience.
Four cabooses offer sleeping accomodations for 24 people. Each bunk bed has the perfect spot to frame a one page bedtime story. Will your story be one?
Enter your family friendly bedtime story to win a spot in a caboose.
Grand prize winner will receive a two night stay at Squilax Hostel.
All winners will receive recognition on social media, plus ongoing exposure to travelers from around the world!
Note: Authors retain the rights to their story but are asked not to publish elsewhere for one year after closing date of submission. There is potential for the contributions to be published as a collective and winners may choose at that time if they wish to be included.
- Submission must fit on one 8.5 x 11 page.
- Content must be family friendly and suitable as a bedtime story.
- Illustrations and creative interpretations of a story are welcome but must be the size of a one-page submission.
- Entry Deadline: Fall 2020
- Submission Fee: $10.
- Fee accepted by e-transfer (Canada) or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email submissions in pdf format to email@example.com.
Subject: Once Upon a Sleepy Time
Lisa Strømme is a British author living in Norway. She writes in the genre of historical fiction. Her first novel, The Strawberry Girl, a story about the artist Edvard Munch, has been translated into thirteen languages worldwide.
Patsy Alford has an MFA in Creative writing from Naropa University. Her work has been published in literary magazines across Canada. She lives at Shuswap Lake.
Coaching and Courses
Personal coaching is the most effective way to get where you want to be.
Our coaching website: Novel Minds is also in process of a redo, but info is there! Have a peek at what life and creativity coaching can do for you.
Courses are also a great way to keep you going in the direction you want to head. We'll be adding these options to our website shortly!
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