Upcoming Events

August 26, 2017: an experimental fiction master class with André alexis

2015 Giller Prize winner André Alexis, author the bestselling novel Fifteen Dogs, will lead an masterclass on experimental fiction writing on Saturday, August 26th. Details on the class, including fees, will be announced in the coming months.

Open to an intimate group of fifteen students, seats are expected to sell out very quickly. To preregister, contact Grant at woodbridgeretreat@gmail.com today.

For more about André, visit the "2017 Authors-in-Residence" section of our Retreat page.


August 27, 2017: An Outdoor Reading with André Alexis, André Narbonne, and Dorothy Mahoney

Our outdoor reading series continues in late August, with three spectacular authors: Giller Prize winning novelist André Alexis, author and professor André Narbonne, and poet Dorothy Mahoney.

For more about André, visit the "2017 Authors-in-Residents" section of our Retreat page.

André Narbonne and Dorothy Mahoney, both highly esteemed Windsor-based writers, will join Alexis to share their latest work and enjoy a relaxed weekend afternoon on the lake.

This is a free event and book launch, with snacks and refreshments generously provided by Biblioasis. Books will be on sale.

PLEASE NOTE: Location is subject to change.

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Time: 3 - 6 p.m.
Location: Woodbridge Farm; see our Contact page for details
Rain venue: TBA


Past Events

june 11, 2017: an outdoor reading with Diane Schoemperlen, Marty gervais, and d.a. Lockhart

From left to right: Marty Gervais, Diane Schoemperlen, and D.A. Lockhart

From left to right: Marty Gervais, Diane Schoemperlen, and D.A. Lockhart

Our outdoor reading series started again in June, with three spectacular authors: Governor General's Award winning novelist and Taylor Prize finalist Diane Schoemperlen, Windsor's beloved poet laureate Marty Gervais, and Windsor-based author, poet, and publisher D.A. Lockhart. The event, held in partnership with Windsor, Ont. publisher Biblioasis, opened the region's summer literary season.

For a recap with photos, click here.


june 10, 2017: exclusive memoir master class with diane schoemperlen

2017 Taylor Prize finalist Diane Schoemperlen, author of the national bestseller This is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications, lead a sold-out masterclass on memoir writing on Saturday, June 10th. Details on the class can be found here.

For more about Diane, and to view her interview on TVO's The Agenda, visit the "2017 Resident Authors" section of our Retreat page.

about our summer reading series

Started as a way to gather with friends and introduce writers from outside the region to homegrown talent, the series launched in July of 2016. Our first resident, Toronto-based poet and writer Jesse Eckerlin, was joined by Windsor-based poet, writer, and bookseller Robert Earl Stewart. Praised by LouAnn Geauvreau-Karry in her column for The Kingsville Reporter as "an ideal way to spend a summer ... afternoon," the reading received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended. Two to three events are anticipated for 2017.

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Banner and sidebar photographs provided by Robert Earl Stewart