Conference + Writing Retreat

Peace, privacy and time to write.

Build your craft with a tight-knit group of writers, and then work on your writing project in blissful solitude.

Focus on your writing, all while basking in the gorgeous natural beauty of Banff.

The Off Topic Conference and Writing Retreat will take place August 5-10, 2023 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

  • Aug 5: Conference (Keynote: Will Ferguson)
  • Aug 6-10: Writing Retreat

Whether you write memoir, poetry, fiction, screenplays or something else, you are invited to our conference, a full day of events engineered to inspire and sharpen your writing.

Then, a limited number of registered participants will join us at our writing retreat. This retreat is largely self-directed with optional inspirational and community activities (see Schedule below).

Make new writer friends and spend as much time writing as you like!

There are THREE options for registration:

  1. Full Experience: Conference (In Person) + Writing Retreat
  2. Conference Only (Online) – $40
  3. Conference Only (In Person) – $75

Maybe you’ve been writing for years. Maybe you’ve never had the courage or the opportunity to set pen to paper.

The Off Topic Writing Retreat will give you the time and structure you need to move forward in your writing journey.

SCHEDULE

SaturdayCONFERENCE 9am-5:30pm (Details TBA)
Check-In for Retreat Guests
SundayRETREAT
AfternoonArrival/Check-In for Any Remaining Retreat Guests
EveningWelcome Dinner for Retreat Guests
Monday
MorningBreakfast + Daily Writing Prompt
Yoga
AfternoonMotivational Writing Workshop
Café Meetup
EveningOptions suggested for music and entertainment
Tuesday
MorningBreakfast + Daily Writing Prompt
Yoga
AfternoonCafé Meetup
Individual 30-min session with Editor (Marion Lougheed) – (ONE session per person EITHER Tues, Wed, or Thurs)
EveningOptions suggested for music and entertainment
Wednesday
MorningBreakfast + Daily Writing Prompt
Yoga
AfternoonCafé Meetup
Individual 30-min session with Editor (Marion Lougheed) – (ONE session per person EITHER Tues, Wed, or Thurs)
EveningOptions suggested for music and entertainment
Thursday
MorningBreakfast + Daily Writing Prompt
Yoga
AfternoonCafé Meetup
Individual 30-min session with Editor (Marion Lougheed) – (ONE session per person EITHER Tues, Wed, or Thurs)
Group Gathering: Presentation/Reading of works (by participants who want to)
EveningOptions suggested for music and entertainment
FridayBreakfast
Checkout
Farewell Lunch (not included in registration fee)

Give yourself the time you need to start or finish that writing project you’ve been dreaming about!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests at the Off Topic Writing Retreat will stay at the Tan-y-Bryn B&B Inn. Single rooms and double rooms are available – every room is unique. (Bathrooms are shared; some rooms have an ensuite sink.)

All rooms come with:

  • a mini fridge
  • down duvets
  • feather pillows
  • complementary continental breakfast served in-room (apple or orange juice, tea or coffee [decaffeinated coffee is available and teas are supplied by Banff Tea Company], fresh baked croissants, toast and preserves)

Shared bathrooms and rooms with sinks are stocked with Rocky Mountain Soap products, including:

  • foaming hand wash
  • oat lotion

Showers have:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash

Other amenities:

  • two hair dryers for general use
  • small microwave in common area
  • Keurig coffee-making station with a variety of teas, coffees and hot chocolate for the use of guests if you are craving a warm drink
  • free (password-protected) WiFi
  • air conditioning

Please note that this is a NON-SMOKING establishment.

The front garden with seating for up to nine is for use by the guests, a sunny spot to sit and think, tap on the laptop, or chat.

The registration fee does not include:

  • travel to/from/within Banff
  • transfers to and from the B&B or conference location
  • any meals or refreshments not listed in the itinerary
  • drinks at meals provided
  • travel insurance
  • farewell lunch
  • conference-only registration does NOT include accommodations
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before June 1, 2023100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
June 2-July 15, 202350% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
After July 15, 2023No refund