Writing retreats for the wandering soul.


Award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins, who now lives in New Brunswick, and Jane Simpson, also a New Brunswicker, offer creative writing retreats for those who find inspiration in travel. On these retreats, Gerard focuses on your writing, with multiple workshops, feedback on your work, and one-on-one discussions about your writing. Jane is involved with planning and running things behind the scenes, both before and during the retreats.

Together, we work to give you fabulous accommodations, time and space to write, and opportunities to experience local culture, everywhere we go.

Dr. Gerard Collins 
Writing mentor and workshop leader

Jane Simpson
Administrator and tour coordinator

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. In 2019, he turned the Finton Moon experience into a multi-media art exhibition, The Book that Wrote Itself. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award.

Gerard has won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered unanimously positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.

A lecturer at Memorial University for two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He is an experienced leader of writing retreats and workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Gerard has been a featured workshop leader at the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick WordSpring multiple times, and was also faculty at the prestigious Piper's Frith retreat in Newfoundland. In 2017, Gerard was invited to deliver a lecture to Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK, as well as a public reading at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring writers who show great promise. His next novel, The Hush Sisters, published by  Breakwater Books Ltd., releases in September 2020. 

"Go and Write! in Ireland was a magnificent experience. Not only was the tour inspiring, but Gerard's leadership – subtle and constant – regarding our writing was so valuable." – Amy C.​

Jane Simpson, Go and Write! administrator and "boots on the ground" tour coordinator, is a writer and an executive and artistic director of an arts and culture centre. She lives in southern New Brunswick where she writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Jane has been shortlisted for Arc Poetry's Poem of the Year and is a Writers' Federation of New Brunswick short fiction and poetry prize winner.

Jane's short story, "The Bedclothes Baby," has been translated by Sonya Malaborza for inclusion in a French language anthology of Canadian short stories, and her current project is a novel set on White Head Island, New Brunswick.

why Go and Write with us

Go and Write! with Dr. Gerard Collins and Jane Simpson