about us

The WRITERS POINT Poetry Retreat is an all inclusive getaway focused on bringing together writers of all poetic genres to explore, reflect, engage and enhance their craft. Located just outside of Canada's capital, the retreat takes place 45 minutes outside of  downtown Ottawa. In it's inaugural year the site of the retreat will be held at the country home of Ottawa's English Poet Laureate, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, who created the program as a way to encourage poetry lovers to deepen their practice and appreciation for the art form. Page poets, Spoken word, Song writers and Storytellers are invited to spend 5 days and 5 nights in the country side; exploring the written and spoken word like never before. Come disconnect to reconnect with your writing! 

Registration is now open, click the link; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRernVcIWyI3Ui8nIPoKUyfTiPyO4VKpFsiQXuNhKfKhaLXQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 to register until July 31st, early bird fee is $375 and there are only 6 spots left. This is an overnight retreat, lodging and meals are provided.

Don't miss out!


Jacqui Du Toit

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Jamaal  Jackson Rogers

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Tuesday, Aug 14 - Day 1


12:00pm-3:00pm Arrival/Meet & Greet

3:00-5:00pm Room/Accommodation set up

5:30-6:30pm Schedule overview and opening ceremony 

6:30-8:00pm Dinner

8:00-10:00pm Poetry Retreat Open Mic Jam

Wednesday, Aug 15 - Day 2


9:30-12:30pm 1st workshop (poetry) 

12:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-5:30pm 2nd workshop (stage) 

5:30-6:30pm office hours for extra support 

6:30-8:00pm Dinner

8:00-10:00pm Evening at Origin Studio OR BBQ POOL PARTY

Thursday, Aug 16 - Day 3


8:00-11:00am 1st workshop (poetry) 

11:00-11:30am Lunch

11:30-2:30pm 2nd workshop (stage) 

2:30-3:30pm Depart for Nordik spa

4:00-10:00pm Nordik spa



Friday, Aug 17 - Day 4

9:00-10:00am Travel to hiking trail 

11:00-2:00pm 1st workshop (poetry) 

2:00-3:00pm Lunch/ break

3:00-4:00pm office hours for extra support 

4:00-7:00pm 2nd workshop (stage) 

7:00-8:30pm Dinner/break

8:30-9:00pm sunset writing

9:00pm Return home


Saturday, August 18 - Day 5


10:00-12:00pm 1st workshop (poetry) 

12:30-2:30pm 2nd workshop (stage)

2:30-4:00pm Lunch/Break

4:00pm Leave for venue

5:00-6:30pm Dress rehearsal

7:00-10:00pm Main event

11:00pm-2:00am Retreat After Party 

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Contact us

The Writers Point poetry retreat is sponsored by Versefest and the City of Ottawa who fund the Poet Laureate program.


PHONE: 613-986-5526


Thank you for visiting our site, see you at the retreat.