Tuition for Mackinac Island Retreat 2024
2024 Finding Your Voice Mackinac Island Writing Retreat
Retreat Dates: September 9 - 13, 2024
Our Finding Your Voice Retreat brings together poetry, fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive week of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is inclusive, intentionally small, and will take place on the shores of Lake Huron on an island set between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas with breathtaking views and the peace of a locale free of motor traffic and metropolitan noise.
This intimate writing retreat is open to all writers who want to strengthen their voice, develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. We take your writing seriously and place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Our mission is to bring your writing out of the wilderness and into community, and for a week this fall, we think there is no better place to do this than on the sunrise side of a peaceful Midwest island that has been an historic landmark since the 19th century, at our writers retreat.
Instructor Lynne Golodner is the creator of our popular Finding Your Voice writers workshop. Lynne is the author of nine books; her writing has appeared in Saveur,Poets & Writers, Seventeen, Better Homes and Gardens, the JewishLiterary Journal, The Good Life Review, Hadassah Magazine, PorridgeMagazine, Good Housekeeping, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit News,Crain’s Detroit Business and many more. She is the founder and publisher of Scotia Road Books. Her debut novel, Woman of Valor, was published in September of 2023.
Lodging at Mission Point Resort
The retreat takes place at Mission Point Resort, and we have a block of rooms reserved for our participants to book discounted accommodations by April 11, 2024 should you decide to stay there. Mackinac Island is home to many bed-and-breakfasts, inns and the famed Grand Hotel, so where you stay is up to you! However, we can guarantee a special discounted rate at Mission Point Resort through April 11, 2024.
Please note: there is no motor vehicle transportation on the island; people get around via horse-and-buggy, bicycle and on foot. Most places are no more than a 20-minute walk from Mission Point Resort.
This retreat is limited to 15 writers; fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers are welcome to apply.
2024 Workshop Schedule
Welcome reception 7-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10th - Friday, September 13th, 2024
Mornings: Writing instruction and workshopping in the morning, 9AM - 12PM. Breakfast is included Tuesday through Friday at 8AM. Lunch is also included Tuesday through Friday at 12PM. Instructor one-on-ones are included throughout the week.
9AM - 12PM: Writing instruction.
1PM: Retreat concludes.
Mackinac Island Testimonials
"Lynne is one of my favorite people in the world. She is a patient, intuitive, knowledgable and talented teacher. We don't just learn craft from an expert, we learn everything else about what makes the person wonderful. Lynne is my writing coach, friend and role model. I am grateful to have her in my life." -Liwen L.
"This was an outstanding retreat. Lynne is a masterful teacher. She is prepared, yet flexible enough to pivot with class as needed. Furthermore, she has a depth of knowledge that allows for free discussions that were of high value. She also has excellent moderation skills which allow for all voices to be heard and a balanced discussion." -Kate M.
"Lynne is a very committed creator and provides incredible inspiration for those in her classes and retreats. Lynne provides an example of how to create the life you want and covers all aspects of a creative life in her teaching. From the creation of the art to the business side of being a creator." -Stephanie R.
"Lynne Golodner is brilliant. I have taken several classes from her and each time I am so appreciative of her straightforward feedback. She provides value by being encouraging yet honest and that has made me a better writer. She challenges writers and does not hesitate to share her ideas for improvement as pointing out our strengths." -Laura J.
"I treasured the hike and the kayaking we did on the island. I will always remember the scenery I captured. The designated group learning in the Friendship Altar was rich with information. Lynne’s expertise and perspective on the literary world and literature in itself was enticing. I overwhelmingly enjoyed learning about my work from Lynne’s critique. Maybe one of the best thought out critiques I have ever received in my writing journey." -Enrique E.
- Round-trip ferry transportation to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw City, Michigan
- Breakfast and lunch are included Tuesday - Friday.
- 4-day generative writing retreat, led by Lynne Golodner
- Critical feedback on one writing submission of up to 3K words
- Craft of writing and/or business of writing lectures
- One-on-one conference with Lynne Golodner
- Optional afternoon activities including bicycle tour, island hike, and private kayaking excursion.
- Opening night reception
- Final night dinner and reading
- The time of your life
- Expanded FAQ at the bottom of this page.
Application & General FAQ
What is your COVID policy?
Though there are no active COVID restriction in Michigan (as of January 2024), it is the responsibility of attendees of the Mackinac Island Retreat to have the appropriate documentation required and to meet any COVID vaccination requirements implemented by the state of Michigan. If the state of Michigan or the United States government forbids entry to the state of Michigan, or if Mission Point Resort closes, for the dates of September 9 - 13, 2024, Writing Workshops will offer a full refund for program fees. Writing Workshops will not reimburse for any airline tickets or additional trip-related expenses incurred. If the Mackinac Island writing workshop takes place on the dates planned, no program fees will be reimbursed, regardless of attendance.
What will my application include?
- Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications. (250 words max)
- Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Mackinac Island. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choose to for feedback. (500 words max.)
- Writing sample excerpt in poetry, fiction or nonfiction. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to receive feedback from Lynne at the retreat. Complete works under the word count are not required; excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max, poetry: up to 3 poems).
When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?
We cap our generative retreat participation at 15 writers for the week. Our goal is to provide an intimate, rigorous generative writing environment so that participants can find meaningful connections and excellent feedback on their work. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until the retreat is full and then begin waitlists. Due to the volume of applications and competitive acceptance, writers are encouraged to apply early. We employ a reading committee of professional writers and editors, and applicants will be notified after the application window closes.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is $1,995. If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within ten days. Upon acceptance, you will have the option to pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm or Shop Pay at checkout.
Are Payment Plans Available?
Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.
What does tuition include?
Breakfast and lunch are included Tuesday - Friday.
4-day generative writing retreat, led by Lynne Golodner
Critical feedback on one writing submission of up to 3K words
Craft of writing and/or business of writing lectures
One-on-one conference with Lynne Golodner
Optional afternoon activities including bicycle tour, island hike, and private kayaking excursion.
Opening night reception
Final night dinner and reading
The time of your life
Note: accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.
What is tuition payment schedule?
If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within 14 days of acceptance confirmation. You can pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm or Shop Pay at checkout.
What is your refund policy?
There are no tuition refunds after May 1st, 2024. If a refund is requested prior to May 1st, 2024, all but a $750 deposit will be refunded.
Where is the hotel and workshop venue?
Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 5 days, 4 nights on Mackinac Island. The retreat takes place at Mission Point Resort, where accommodations are available at special rates through April 11th, 2024 although participants are invited to stay anywhere on the island that they choose.
Can I share a room with another writer?
If you and another writer are interested in sharing a room, please let Mission Point Resort know and they will be able to accommodate your request.
What will you do with my email?
We respect your privacy. We will only use your email to send you information about Writing Workshops. We won't sell or rent your email to other organizations.
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