Last year’s writing retreat, Tapping the Stream, at the lush, restorative and deeply creative space Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, was a huge success. Writers write deeply into their works-in-progress — often making huge creative leaps — host a salon, talk deeply about craft, nurture their creativity and build community. All while letting their hair down, paddling in the bioluminescence, and spending time in the garden. Poets, memoirists, visual artists and musicians (if engaged in a writing project), and novelists. I co-host this annual retreat with renowned teacher and writer Betsy Warland, winner of the Vancouver City arts award and founding artistic director of SFU’s Writers’ Studio.
2024’s Tapping the Stream is now open for registration. It will take place June 21-28. Follow this link to find out more and/or to register.
“Tapping the Stream is the most wonderful workshop I have ever attended. The facilitators helped me get back to writing after a concussion and encouraged and inspired me to break through an inability to write, after 6 published books. Hollyhock is a magical and healing place for a brilliant and supportive workshop. It’s more than worth the investment.” —Judy Rebick, author and feminist
“Shaena shares a deep knowledge of process and craft, broad intellectual reach, and unswervingly cleaves to what is important and true. Her manner is generous and full of charm. She gave my book just the exact touch it needed.”
—Carrie Saxifrage, author of The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift, finalist for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.