Join award-winning author and university educator Gerard Collins for this unique writing getaway in Salem, Massachusetts. A private coach - arranged through our retreat partners Freedom Tours and Travel - will take you on a journey there and back again through the beautiful autumn New England landscape, and there will be plenty of time to focus on your writing during the 5-night stay at the luxurious Salem Waterfront Hotel.

Gerard, who has a PhD in American Literature, will offer group workshops as well as a private, in-depth feedback session on your writing. Participants will be invited to share their work during an evening of readings, and there will also be a day trip to Concord, home of Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter), Henry David Thoreau (Walden Pond), and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women).

Be inspired by Salem’s rich, dark history and
Gerard’sinsightful instruction and personalized commentary on your writing. Note that the number of participants will be limited to ensure each writer receives individual attention, so you are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot.

Please note: U.S. participants are welcome. To inquire about special pricing, please contact Freedom Tours and Travel.

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  • Two creative writing workshops (prose & poetry)
  • Private writing consultation with award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins
  • In-depth written feedback
  • Informal gatherings with other writers
  • Opportunity to share your work
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Access to writer-in-residence throughout retreat
  • Develop fresh writing and kickstart a work-in-progress.
  • Coach between NB and Salem, MA
  • Shopping stopover in Freeport, ME
  • 5 Nights Salem Waterfront Hotel, rated #1 on Trip Advisor, near pubs, cafés and attractions
  • Day trip to Concord (Walden Pond, Alcott Old Orchard house, historic/literary tour with guide)
  • Time for exploring
  • Learn about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, stand where great writers have stood, and see where the revolutionary war began with the "shot heard 'round the world."