By Zandra Juarez  

If you think that being amidst wilderness is not your cup of tea and that you are not ready to share your writing with others, think twice before you try to delay traveling to  Noelville, Ontario any longer.  

The Lodge at Pine Cove has enough charm to cast your worst fears away and to make you bring to life the improbable writer you might think you are. The Lodge opened 24 years ago on the Canadian shield shores of the French River (about 3.5 hrs  north of Toronto), on Wolseley Bay and it has been recognized as one of Ontario’s best kept secrets and one of Canada’s finest resorts.

The paradisiac location is unparalleled: it’s ample, wide, exuberant, connected and secluded at the same time. It’s Canada at its finest and at its most coveted. 

What could possibly make this place even more appealing? What keeps people like you and I going back to the Lodge is the Write on the French Creative Writing Retreat, its  impressive location, world class service, and its extraordinary group of mentors who provide excellence in writing workshops and consultations. The experience of attending this  writing retreat has helped authors materialize their writing project and in some cases conclude their work. Some of the attendees meet there every year, some others have attended  only once. The latter keep referring to the retreat as a life changing experience, wishing they could return at least once more. 

Every year since 2013, when it first started, the Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat has offered an impressive lineup of Canadian authors whose expertise has  guided and enriched many writers at a myriad of stages in their craft. 

The 2024 Write on the French Creative Writing Retreat lineup includes Governor General’s Literary Award recipient for non fiction Don Gillmor, Taste of Canada two-time Gold Medal winner Lindy Mechefske, and Governor General’s Award recipient for Fiction Nino Ricci. They will be the instructors for this year’s retreat and will be sharing the best of their craft through workshops, lectures and personalized advice. 

So, if you are finding it difficult to concentrate and devote  time to your writing project, whether so far you have  completed a chapter, several, or an outline, make sure that  you don’t let this fantastic opportunity pass you by.  

At the Lodge at Pine Cove (Noelville, ON), you will not only find the peace and quiet that is sought after in our busy cities  and lives, but also the extraordinary attention to detail that  the organizers and the staff pay to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable experience.  

In my opinion, after traveling within and without Canada, after living abroad, after marrying a five-star-hotel chef, and even hosting my wedding at one of Canada’s nicest resorts, I have no doubt that this level of service, location and  hospitality will be difficult to match.  

So, don’t wait any longer and register for the 2024 Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat. Space is limited to 24 attendees.

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