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.

Single-occupancy rooms are available for the full week. Shared rooms are available for half-week or full week sessions. 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.

To apply for a scholarship, go to the Scholarships page and download the Application form. For an application for a full or half week, check available rooms on Rates & Accommodations page, and email us at 

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

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