Haig-Brown Writing Retreat

The Museum at Campbell River is offering an opportunity for emerging local writers to participate in a Writing Retreat Program to be held in the study of the historic Haig-Brown House.  This initiative is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. The program will take place between January and April 2021.

The retreats aim  to provide a disciplined and focused period of work for emerging writers.  During each of the three scheduled Retreats, an opportunity for consultation with a past Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence will be offered.  These consultations will be scheduled via Zoom.

What does the Haig-Brown House Retreat program  provide?

Each two week retreat will offer 20 hours per week (total of 40 hours) access time to the historic Study in the Haig-Brown House.  Hours are flexible and can include morning, afternoon or evening access to the Study.

Retreat dates are as follows:

Jan. 25 – Feb. 7

Feb. 22 – March 7

March 22 – April 4

Writers are asked to identify which Retreat date is preferred.

Consultation with a past Haig-Brown writer will be arranged via Zoom – days and times to be determined for each Retreat.

This is not a live-in retreat.  No overnight stays.

The Museum provides the assistance of the Public Programs Manager in planning , preparation and retreat experience.

Writers are responsible for their own long-distance telephone as well as personal expenses.  Wireless Internet is provided on site; however, writers are responsible for bringing their own computer. 

An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each writer participating in the Retreat Program.

What are the Writers’ obligations to the program?

  • Each writer selected will commit to 20 hours per week working in the Study.
  • Each writer will commit to Zoom sessions with a past Haig-Brown Writer. (number of  Zoom sessions to be determined)
  • Each writer will be asked to provide content for a Retreat blog to be hosted by the Museum.  The blog is intended to provide insight for the community as to the experience of working within the Study and the Retreat.

Who is eligible to apply for?

Canadian writers working within the Campbell River Region or the Comox Valley are invited to apply.

How do you apply?

Applications should include:

  • A current resume or CV (maximum two pages)
  • Current genre or interest (poetry, fiction, playwriting, etc …)
  • A description or sample of work in progress
  • A letter of interest outlining
  • Why you feel the Retreat would be of personal benefit
  • Reasons why the Retreat would further your work, including an indication of what writing project you would be working on during the program
  • Two letters of reference
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal record check

The application due date is 4pm, December 11, 2020.  Applications can be sent via e mail to Ken Blackburn  at public.programs@crmuseum.ca

About the Haig-Brown House

The Haig-Brown House is a restored heritage house located on a rural property at the edge of Campbell River.  The property backs onto the banks of the Campbell River.  Originally a twenty-acre farm, today the property surrounding the house includes Kingfisher Creek (a tributary of the Campbell River), a formal garden, orchards, fields and woodlands.

During the Retreat, the writer will work in the original study of Roderick Haig-Brown.  Roderick Haig-Brown was a well-known Canadian author, conservationist and fly-fisher who made his home on the banks of the Campbell River from 1936 until his death in 1976.

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