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The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian.
All writing levels welcome. The Peacock House The setting: Frank Sibbald, who added two wings to the manor house, a coach house, a brick stable and of course a peacock house, because where else are you going to keep your peacocks?
The Briars also has a storied literary history. Humorist Stephen Leacock was a great friend of the Sibbalds, visited often, and is buried just down the road from the resort at the pretty St.
Indeed, her books are still available from Dundurn Press. Today, the Briars still offers the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. For the retreat, we have our own lodge, the Mayfairwith ten rooms, each entirely private, with a guidelines for writing a lit review, a queen, or two twin beds, an en-suite four-piece bathroom, and a desk for writing.
The eight downstairs rooms each has a deck. The large, comfortable second-story living room features a wet bar and refrigerator so do bring your own wine or beer if you like and coffee service. Alcoholic beverages are extra, as are Spa treatments — but you might want to check those out see here.
The resort has an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, a well-equipped exercise room, and a games room with pool, shuffleboard, ping pong, and foosball. The beautiful Lake Simcoe setting offers idyllic opportunities for biking and hiking, with the resort featuring its own nature trails and with other trails three kilometers down the road at Sibbald Point Provincial Park.
And of course there are plenty of nooks around the resort that are ideal for reading, resting and unwinding. Our first writing get-together will be at 5 p.
Check out is at 12 noon. You can stay for the rest of the day, enjoying the amenities of the resort. Participants are welcome to bring a non-participating significant other. Book early — space is limited!
For more information or to register, email: Bookings for accommodations for this retreat must be done through Brian unlike our retreats in Algonquin, where you book your accommodations through the resort. Who can attend the retreat? There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.
Is this retreat for me?
The retreat is open to anyone who enjoys writing. Instruction will focus on narrative writing; i. Should I bring my work in progress? Yes, if you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you!
Should I bring my laptop?
Yes, if you prefer to work on your laptop. If you prefer to work on paper bring that. Can you cater to specific dietary requirements? But you need to let me know at least a week ahead of time, so I can let the staff know about your needs. Is there cell phone reception and WIFI?
The resort serves alcohol with meals and has a licensed lounge called Drinkwaters. Guests are also welcome to bring their own wine, beer or whatever for consumption at our own lodge.
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