Perhaps part of the allure of the Salty Quill Writers Retreat is that we have room for only 12 writers to attend each year. Once they've nestled into nooks in the living room, parlor, sun room, or the library, or maybe explored part of the island, writers are always eager to spend time writing in the sanctuary of their rooms. Each of nine bedrooms is unique, but all share gorgeous views and understated charm, sprinkled throughout with artwork and antiques. Every bed features fine linens, fresh plump pillows, and a heated mattress pad.


Our Chef prepares three meals a day, served steps away at the Cook House. Here writers find morning breakfast and mid-day lunch set out buffet style. Each evening, writers follow the call of the dinner bell when dinner is served. Menus include fresh fruits, garden-fresh organic vegetables, artisanal cheeses, local seafood, and creative, inspired healthful dinner courses. For more, visit On The  Table.

For many who've attended the Salty Quill in past years, McGee Island is a magical place. A private 110-acre island about 3 miles off mid-coast Maine,  McGee is home to 12 women writers who attend the Salty Quill Writers' Retreat for Women to immerse themselves in their writing, make lifelong friendships, and relish the comfort of solitude and shared endeavor. To get a sense of the retreat, visit our look back at 2016 and 2015 retreats.

 September 22-29, 2018 ~ McGee Island, ME

​​writing retreat ​for women

From September 22-29, 2018, McGee Island, a private island off the mid-coast of Maine, will be home to
 the fourth annual Salty Quill Writers' Retreat for Women, where 12 women writers will enjoy days of uninterrupted writing time, three chef-prepared meals a day, and after-dinner readings and critiques, and freely wander two private islands with miles of trails, kayaks, rowboats, a sauna, and even an outdoor shower.


Each year, writers who come find themselves immersed in a luxury they often don't afford themselves -- the  gift of time to dedicate themselves to their craft. By dedicating time to an endeavor so often relegated to the backburner in busy lives, they often gain a sense that their writing is a worthwhile endeavor of which they are worthy. The remote old-world and easy-going atmosphere fosters a sense of community that is supportive, not competitive. And, although writers often leave reluctantly, they go with the comfort of newfound friends, colleagues, and community, and a renewed sense of purpose and value in their work.


Again, this year, we are offering two scholarships to women writers who feel they would benefit from attending the Salty Quill. For more information, visit our Scholarships page.

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Salty Quill Writers' Retreat