​​writing retreat ​for women

​​​​​​​​​​The Salty Quill

McGees Island, September 17, 2018

by Amy Aberdeen

By the time the fog clears it is late afternoon

And I have wasted the day in a blank haze.

Sunshine laughs aslant at me as if to say

My light is my light and each single ray

will fall where it will, and when, and the moon

light too before more fog falls will play

while the hoarse foghorn howls you fool,

you fool, all the way home.

The Finer Details


Writers are responsible for their own transportation to Port Clyde, ME, which is about 4.5 hours from Boston. Once there, parking is available for $7 a day. If you'd like to stay the night before departing for McGee's Island, Port Clyde offers a fine selection of B&Bs and hotels.

The island's caretaker/boat captain will transport the writers and their luggage to and from McGee's Island, at a pre-arranged time on arrival and departure dates. You'll find him tied up at the finger pier next to the Port Clyde dock (used by Monhegan Boat Lines).


The island's topography is varied. Surrounded by water (of course), with dense forests, fields, beaches, and hiking paths, McGee's begs exploration. There are no parking lots, no televisions, no paved pathways.

Email retreat@thesaltyquill.com for an application and details. 

Scholarship applications will be posted and downloadable on the Scholarships page as soon as they are available. Check back in early 2020 for applications and deadlines.

For rates, room descriptions, and photos, see Rates & Accommodations.

For more about the organizers of the Salty Quill Writers Retreat for Women, check out the  About Us  page.

If you have further questions, feel free to call Pam Loring at 617-834-4110.

Salty Quill Writers' Retreat