​​writing retreat ​for women

​​​​​​​​​​The Salty Quill

From September 30-October 7, 2017, McGee Island, a private island off the mid-coast of Maine will be home to
12 women writers for the third annual Salty Quill Writers' Retreat for Women. In addition to gads of uninterrupted writing time, writers will feast on three meals a day, enjoy after dinner readings and critiques, and feel free to wander two private islands, with miles of trails, kayaks, rowboats, and even an outdoor shower.


We've been honored to have Jennifer Cody Epstein and Ellis Avery as writers-in-residence in past years. This year, our third, past attendees have suggested that because the caliber of women writers and authors attending is so high, we forego the writers' workshops to allow for even more private writing time, which also enables us to make available another room (the Toni Morrison room). We leave each year with an ever growing network of fellow writers and friends.


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.

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 30-Oct. 7, 2017 ~ McGee Island, ME

Salty Quill Writers' Retreat