To request an application, along with a document outlining most everything you'll need to know to decide if the Salty Quill is right for you, email


Writers are responsible for their own transportation to Port Clyde, ME, which is about 4.5 hours from Boston (sometimes longer depending on traffic). Once there, parking is available for $8 a day from Monhegan Boat Lines. Because departure is often mid-day, you might want to stay the night prior, and since we arrive back on Saturdays, some like to stay the night in Port Clyde and explore the area. 

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.

Coming Up Early? Try Mill Pond House, a lovely B&B a mile or so from the Port Clyde docks. The proprietor, Leslie, is so accommodating, prepares a great breakfast, and the house is lovely. Rooms are reasonably priced, too.

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A few more details

Email for an application and details. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. References aren't needed, but evidence of active writing (writing samples) is.

For rates, room descriptions, and photos, see Rooms and Rates

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