Exclusive Writing Retreat on the Maine Coast

June 1-8, 2024  Sol's Cliff House, Bar Harbor, Maine

Limited to 12 Writers

Testimonials from the 2022 Retreat
Bar Harbor, Maine

Sharon Frayne


"My writing flourished, I felt supported by my coach (Joan), my fellow attendees, the environment and the amazing food! Thanks!"

Michael Sirois


"I feel I made great strides toward continuing work on my novel, Franklin Roosevelt Jones."

Carroll Cullen


"I feel good about my first fifty pages and am optimistic I will be able to finish my story."

Jennifer Davis


"This week I became a member of the writing community!"

Janet Cobb


"I've expanded my concept of myself as a reader and writer, my creativity around my novel, and my community of supportive writers."

Linda Watkins


"I found the work I did on revising parts of my novel gave me confidence and inspiration to go forward."`

Maureen King


"I'm feeling energized and enthusiastic about the novel I'm working on."

Marina Melnikova


"To have met wonderful people, including Joan, and to have received honest thoughts about what to do next and what needs to be fixed in my manuscript."

Thomas Andrew Green


"I'm leaving the retreat with the affirmation of peers that, yes, I can actually pull this novel off." 

Sheryl Fawcett


"I was having doubts about my ability, and I'm leaving the retreat with my batteries re-charged and feeling positive about moving forward again with my writing."

Tassey Russo


"The most rewarding aspect of this week was the time spent with fellow writers who are seriously dedicated to the craft and the creation of exceptional stories. I am thrilled to stand with my fellow writers here."

Testimonials from the 2019 Retreat for Women
Freeport, Maine


 I've been stymied in moving forward and now I know I can reach for the end of my novel and put it all together. I know it's better now than it was before the retreat.

Sheryl Fawcett


I feel much better about my novel, after talking to Joan. You can just be yourself and do what you love to do. It's going to be hard to leave the retreat, to be honest.

Gene Smith


I'm feeling comfortable now in believing that my novel is worthy of being written, and my work is really going to be enhanced by having worked with Joan.

Kista Tucker


This retreat has been life-transforming. I feel fantastic about my novel now. Do whatever you can to come to the retreat—it will change your writing life.

SK Lamont

Give yourself the gift of time to finish your novel.

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