“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~ Philip Pullman


And at our Professional Development and Writing Retreat, you’ll have all four!

The Power of Writing Together - In Person and Online

Our Professional Development and Writing Retreat, Autumn 2023

We’re so excited to be offering our retreat again this year –
Online as well as In-Person once again at last!


This year the theme of the conference is “The Power of Writing Together”.


We’re delighted that Ellen Bass, celebrated American poet and author of The Courage to Heal, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s conference.

For more information about Ellen’s work, please CLICK HERE.


Remember the joy of writing together in person?!

Remember those in-person retreats where there were formal writing times, informal conversations over meals and during walks, and then the fun of hanging out with your AWA colleagues who just get it? All of it?!

This year’s in person retreat will be held at Jericho House, a retreat centre in the lush farmland of the Niagara Peninsula, just a short walk from the shores of Lake Erie. The Jericho House is 35 minutes from Niagara Falls (the Canadian falls) and 45 minutes from the US Border at the Peace Bridge. To learn more about Jericho House, your retreat accommodations and dining, and about travel details (or alternate accommodations) please Click Here:

Attending the conference/retreat in person

Our In-Person Component will take place September 29 to October 1, with the option of staying on with your colleagues for a 3-day self-directed retreat afterwards. Those who attend the conference in-person ALSO have access to the professional development sessions offered the following weekend online.

For more information about this in-person component, travel arrangements, accommodations, etc.,  as well as information about the extended self-directed retreat afterwards, Click Here:


Attending the conference online

For affiliates who choose to attend online rather than in-person, sessions of the conference will be broadcast from the retreat centre on September 30 (including the Ellen Bass virtual keynote), as well as all the online sessions the following weekend (October 7 and 8).

For more information about participating in the conference online only, Click Here