Colony Far


Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21
at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport

Registration Deadline: October 8

Colony Porch DiningThe 2018 Harvest Writers Retreat is a weekend of workshops, seminars, readings, and writing at the stunning seaside Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. With river waterfront to wander and a workshop faculty of acclaimed authors, the retreat is designed to inspire.

In addition to the intensive morning workshops in a variety of writing genre, the weekend will include craft and business of writing seminars, as well as faculty and participant readings.

Colony BedroomWorkshops meet for four-hour sessions on both Saturday and Sunday morning. Attendees select one genre/instructor for the weekend. In our small workshops—capped at twelve—instructors use a variety of teaching techniques, including: guiding group critiques of works-in-progress; leading exercises for generating new material; and offering strategies and suggestions for revision.


Fiction with Susan Conley
Memoir with Meredith Hall
Poetry with Rachel Contreni Flynn

* Click the genre/instructor to read more about the workshops.


→ Hour-by-hour weekend schedule


The MWPA offers an all-inclusive retreat package: the per person rates include all workshops and seminars as well as lodging Friday and Saturday nights, and meals (Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast, lunch) If you would like to view photos of the Colony’s accommodations, please click HERE.

OPTION #1 Ocean View (Single bed)
→ MWPA Members: Ocean Single Occupancy $950 | Ocean Double Occupancy $750 (per person)
→ Nonmembers: Ocean Single Occupancy $1,150 | Ocean Double Occupancy $950 (per person)

OPTION #2 Garden View (Single bed)
→ MWPA Members: Garden Single Occupancy $850 | Garden Double Occupancy $650 (per person)
→ Nonmembers: Garden Single Occupancy $1,050 | Garden Double Occupancy $850 (per person)

OPTION #3 Two-Bedded Room (Two queen beds)
→ MWPA Members: Double Occupancy $750 (per person)
→ Nonmembers: Double Occupancy $950 (per person)

OPTION #4 Workshop Commuter*
→ MWPA Members: $200 | Nonmembers: $300

* If you are lucky enough to live in the beautiful coast of southern Maine and can drive to the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, you may take advantage of this option and attend the workshops but forgo lodging and meals. Attendees who choose Option #4 may pay a la carte for lunches and dinners. PLEASE call to reserve your Commuter spot (we can take VISA and MC by phone).



  • MAIL: MWPA, Attn: 2018 Harvest Writers Retreat, 314 Forest Avenue #318, Portland ME 04101
  • PHONE: Call to have your registration and payment processed over the phone: 207.228.8263
  • FAX: Fax in your completed registration form and credit-card information: 207.228.8150
  • ONLINE: Register and pay online using PayPal below
  • PLEASE READ: Before making your payment, please see our cancellations policy below

2018 Harvest Writers Retreat


In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, the MWPA is proud to offer the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. The Dibner Fellowship will cover the full cost of one attendee to the 2018 Harvest Writers Retreat. Every applicant must submit an application, statement of need, and work sample. Deadline: Friday, October 2 at 10 AM.

MORE INFO → Dibner Fellowship

If you’re concerned that a workshop might fill up before you have time to fill out and mail a registration form, just contact us and we’d be happy to hold you a workshop slot for one week. Contact: / 207-228-8264

The MWPA is not able to accept installment payments. Workshop space will not be reserved until we receive full payment. If an agency, business, school, or other organization is paying student fees, payment is still due at the time of registration. Purchase orders or intent to pay are not accepted. The MWPA accepts checks, money orders, cash, and Visa or MasterCard through our PayPal account, printed registration forms, or over the phone. If you would prefer to pay with American Express or Discover, payment can be made through out PayPal account. If you are unfamiliar with PayPal, we will be happy to assist you. A $25 fee is assessed for bad checks.

A nonrefundable fee of 25% of the Harvest Writers Retreat cost is included in each registration. Partial refunds (75% of the retreat fee) will be granted for cancellations made at least one month before the writing retreat. Cancellations made less than one month in advance cannot be refunded, no matter how compelling the reason. We cannot refund participants for missed workshops. Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to our terms and conditions (below).

The MWPA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this workshop. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable as academic credit.)

Weather-related cancellations are extremely rare. For weather related matters only, call 207-450-1225 to check on the status of your workshop if you are concerned about inclement weather. If a workshop is canceled for weather-related reasons, the MWPA will announce the cancelation as soon as possible, the workshop will be rescheduled, and all registrants will be notified of the new date. If a registrant cannot attend the rescheduled workshop due to scheduling conflicts, the registrant will receive a full refund.

Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated here: MWPA Workshop Policies.