Off the coast of Maine, on a private island called McGee, the Salty Quill Writers Retreat provides women writers exactly what they need -- free time to write without distraction or interruption, the opportunity to share work and discuss craft in a spectacular, secluded setting, author-led workshops, and three meals a day prepared by our talented chef.

The launching point is about 4.5 hours north of Boston, in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine. There, you’ll be met by the island’s caretaker, who’ll take you and your luggage by boat 3 miles out to McGee’s Island. The McGee Island home, an expansive turn-of-the-century shingled cottage, filled with gently worn antiques and overstuffed chairs and sofas features are an extensive library, a massive fireplace, a piano, claw-footed tubs, an outdoor shower, and covered and open wrap-around porches where you can enjoy views of the Atlantic and neighboring Barter Island. If you’d like a short diversion, you can enjoy a wood-fired sauna in the sauna house, explore the island on foot, kayak, or canoe, or venture over to Barter’s Island, reachable by foot at low tide.

In the Cook House, Chef Tanya Thayer and her assistant will set out breakfast and lunch buffets for easy foraging, and serve inspired dinners every night. For sample menus, visit our On the Table page.

Writers can choose from one of two half-week sessions or stay the whole week. Whether you partake of the author-led workshop, wander the island, share your work with other writers at afternoon drop-in critiques, or stay in your room and write, you’ll find yourself immersed in a creative atmosphere, in the company of like-minded writers. For more details, check out the  Writer-in-Residence  page,  Rates and Accommodations page, and About Us.

We hope you’ll join us.

A private island
off the coast of Maine


​​writing retreat ​for women

​​​​​​​​​​The Salty Quill

Salty Quill Writers' Retreat