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Professional Development and Writing Retreat

September 29 at 8:00 am - October 1 at 5:00 pm EDT


AWA’s Professional Development and Writing Retreat returns this fall as a hybrid-event – both in-person or on-line!

Join us in person in the lush farmland of Niagara, Ontario, as we gather together for the first time in four years. Or, if travelling is not an option for you, join us online and experience the retreat virtually.

The theme for this year’s writing retreat is Transforming Trauma Through Art, and we could not be more pleased to offer keynotes, panels, sessions, and workshops exploring how our writing can heal both the individual and the bigger world.

This is the time of year when the leaves begin to turn; tucked away in nature, the retreat center abuts beautiful protected wetlands, offering a sheltered place to explore your creative voice amidst the encouragement of other writers. Cozy, and welcoming, with food and lodging options, Jericho House is the ideal place to stay if you are comfortable sharing a room with one other AWA facilitator.

Should you choose to attend the retreat but want other accommodations according to your needs, there are Alternative Lodgings near Jericho House where you can stretch your legs in privacy while still participating in as many sessions and activities as you wish.

There are a number of towns and major cities close by, including Buffalo, New York, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, Welland, Port Colborne, and others. Three international airports, all within an hour and a half of the destination, offer convenient fly-in options for those attending from out of the region or country.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share more about our keynote speaker (you’ll LOVE her!), workshops, sessions, and other activities. Extending the retreat for a few self-directed days is also available.

Up next, look for a call-out to those who are interested in leading panels, workshops, sessions, or other activities during the retreat. We can’t wait to share more and engage with all of you as this retreat comes to life!


September 29 at 8:00 am EDT
October 1 at 5:00 pm EDT


Katie Frank


Jericho House
10845 Rathfon Road
Wainfleet, Ontario L3K 5V4 Canada
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(905) 834-0553
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