TWS Urban Writer's Retreat: Summer 2020

Would you like to dedicate a week to your writing this summer?

The Writer's Studio is pleased to host an Urban Writer's Retreat, which is an opportunity to spend four distraction-free days on your writing. Intended for emerging and established writers looking to start or develop a writing project, this retreat will allow you to learn from published authors, participate in structured writing time, work in a supportive community of writers and participate in optional social events (see below for schedule). Plus, you don't have to worry about packing a lunch; we'll provide that as well. This is an opportunity for you to take time off work and dedicate it to your writing.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 4 Eileen Cook $800.00 25 -

About the facilitator

Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook is a published author with HMH, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Her novels, which include The Almost Truth, Unraveling Isobel and You Owe Me a Murder, have been published in eight different languages and optioned for both film and TV. Her young-adult novel With Malice was called "a seriously creepy thriller” by Entertainment Weekly. Her novel The Hanging Girl/One Lie Too Many won the John Spray Award in 2018 for best mystery in Canada. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else, or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. 

Guest hosts: TBD


Retreat schedule

Lunch is provided on each day of the retreat.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. | TWS Graduation & Reunion (optional)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Day 1 of Retreat
  • Thursday, July 23, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Day 2 of Retreat
  • Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m.–10 p.m. | Evening social event (optional)
  • Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Day 3 of Retreat
  • Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Day 4 of Retreat


Summer brings out the best in Vancouver. From the mountains to the beaches, it's the perfect location for inspiration and creativity. You can spend your evenings writing, visiting local restaurants in Gastown, walking around the Seawall at Stanley Park, or viewing the fireworks at the Celebration of Light in English Bay.

Whether you're local or visiting from out of town, there's plenty to do. For inspiration on things to do in Vancouver, both literary and otherwise, we recommend the following links:

Retreat venue

Classes and lectures will take place at the Segal Graduate School of Business. Located in the heart of downtown, the Segal is a Vancouver Heritage building with inspiring architecture and generous natural light that will help stimulate ideas and discussion.

Accommodations (optional)

For retreat participants who want to stay in downtown Vancouver, we have secured a block of rooms at the Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites, one block away from the Segal Graduate School of Business. 

Delta will offer a special room rate to retreat participants who book by (Date TBD). A room booking code is needed to receive the discounted rate and is available upon enrollment. Please be aware that cost of accommodations is not included in the retreat registration and participants are required to book their own rooms. 


How will I learn?

  • Lectures 
  • Class discussions
  • Small-group in-class exercises/workshops
  • Working on your own writing
  • Option to receive individual feedback from instructor or TA

How will I be evaluated?

The focus of the retreat is for you to generate writing. There will be opportunites to receive feedback on your writing from instructors and fellow students.

Textbooks and learning materials

Please bring your own writing materials. All learning materials will be provided.

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