Register by August 19 and save $50!

Join author and university educator Gerard Collins for this unique writing getaway in beautiful St. Andrews By-the-Sea, named Canada's Top Destination by USA Today.


Your Venue

​Join us for five nights at the Rossmount Inn, a 3-storey manor house on an 87 acre estate set between the forest and the sea. It includes Chamcook Mountain, the highest point in the Passamaquoddy Bay area, and has breathtaking vistas over the Bay, Chamcook Lake, St. Croix River and the coast of Maine.

The Rossmount Inn has been featured in “Where to Eat in Canada” for the past five years, and Chef Chris Aerni, who received his traditional chef’s training in Switzerland, is renowned for his gourmet meals created with local, seasonal, organic and wild foods. There are beautiful nature trails directly behind the Inn, and it is only a few minutes from St. Andrews By-the-Sea, recently named USA Today's Top Canadian Destination.


Your Writing

The fall is an ideal time to rededicate yourself to your craft. During this retreat, you'll receive:

  • Two creative writing workshops
  • Private writing consultation with award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins
  • In-depth written feedback
  • Informal gatherings with other writers
  • Opportunities to share your work
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Access to writer-in-residence throughout retreat


Your Educator and Writer in Residence

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the 2014 NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 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 nearly two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He has recently hosted creative writing retreats in
 Ireland (2017), Lunenburg (2016), and Saint John, NB (2016), among others. A featured workshop leader at both the 2015 and 2016 WFNB Wordspring, Gerard was also faculty at the 2014 Piper's Frith retreat in Newfoundland and has led workshops across Atlantic Canada and Europe, including a recent invitation to lecture Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK.

Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring poets and writers who show great promise. Gerard lives in a cottage beside a lake in southern New Brunswick where he teaches university courses by distance and is writing both a new short story collection and a novel.

​​​St. Andrews By-the-Sea

October 23-28, 2017

Sign up deadline is September 24, 2017. Register by August 19 and save $50!

Come, be inspired by the unmatched autumn display in St. Andrews By-the-Sea, and by Gerard’s insightful instruction and personalized commentary on your writing.

With the coming darkness and magnificent foliage, the fall of the year is perfect for renewing your commitment to writing. You'll be staying at a beautiful, old inn, surrounded by other writers, with easy access to walking trails around the inn, a lounge area, outdoor seating on the patio beside the pool, overlooking the beautiful estate, and a nearby small town that will spark your imagination - just a few days before Hallowe'en, or Samhain, when the veil between worlds is thinnest.

Partake in a quiet stroll along Saint Andrew's main street, sit by the ocean, or do some writing at a coffee shop or restaurant while outside the fallen leaves scrunch beneath the feet of passersby. You can wander alone or make new friends - writers can be introverts, but they often take solace and comfort, and become quite inspired, in the company of other writers.

Want to bring a fellow writer? The Rossmount Inn has a few rooms with two beds - the cost for two writers to share a room is only $1149 each. Both writers will receive the full retreat package, including two workshops, individual one-on-ones, and written feedback from Gerard.

If you wish to share your room with a non-writing partner, the cost is only $999 per person. Your companion will have the opportunity to participate in one workshop and all other retreat activities, and all the same meals except lunch are covered. 

Please note that we will be adding the option for a small number of activities (e.g. a public reading, a ghost tour of Saint Andrew's, and/or some other appropriate event - we're working on these possibilities, but there will be no extra charge to participants). Non-writing partners will also be welcome to take part in these extra activities.

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.


For more details and payment options, contact Gerard at: gerardcollins@gerardcollins.ca

You can also call (506) 645-7776 and leave a message.


Book your own room at the Rossmount Inn.

E-mail: rossmountinn@nb.aibn.com

​Telephone: (506) 529-3351

Website: http://rossmountinn.com/

With award-winning author Gerard Collins