​​writing retreat ​for women

​​​​​​​​​​The Salty Quill


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 Nancy Wood will set out breakfast and lunch buffets, and serve inspired dinners every night. For sample menus, visit our On the Table page.

We hope you’ll join us.

A private island
off the coast of Maine


Salty Quill Writers' Retreat