SCBWI Squam Lake Writing Retreat

Relax. Rejuvenate. Write. All weekend long.

2014 SCBWI-NE Squam Lake Writing Retreat – Sept. 5-7


An inspiring weekend for serious children’s book creators.


Rustic cabins.  A hint of fall in the air.  Catered meals.  Loons on a lake surrounded by acres of woods and wildlife.  A community of writers and illustrators.  Professional mentors.  S’mores.  And the gift of time.  This is just a sampling of what will greet you at the  SCBWI Squam Lake Writing Retreat at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in stunning Holderness, New Hampshire.  

The Venue

Registration for the retreat includes two nights accommodations and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch at Rockywold Deephaven Camps.  The setting is rustic and charming– a family camp setting with cottages, cabins, and a lodge with a big old stone fireplace– surrounded by natural splendor.   The lake is visible from just about everywhere!  You will share a room with another participant.  Meals, which have earned rave reviews, are served in a beautiful old dining hall.  One of the great things about a small retreat is that we share all mealtimes, with mentors, providing great opportunities for networking and kindling friendships.  The casual atmosphere is heavenly!  Rockywold is about 2.5 hours from Boston.

The Offerings

About six weeks before the retreat, all participants are invited to submit 25 pages of a manuscript (middle grade or YA) or a full picture book manuscript, which we’ll send on to one of the mentors.  You will have a scheduled thirty-minute critique with the mentor, and the editor and agent will accept submissions from Squam Lake participants for a limited time after the retreat.  Details on submissions will follow.
Our fabulous mentors this year are Heather Alexander, Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, Brooks Sherman, literary agent for The Bent Agency.

We will have a First Pages Panel Friday night and an Open Mic Saturday night, where participants can share work with the group.  During the days, Brooks and Heather will give presentations, sharing their wisdom from the field with us.

Choose Your Own Retreat

There are no have-to’s at this retreat.  You can hike on nearby Rattlesnake Mountain,  paddle out on the lake on one of Rockywold’s kayaks or canoes, hole up and write like crazy, or spend your time getting to know fellow SCBWI writers.  The choice is completely yours!

The Price 

The cost of the retreat is $535, with meals, lodging, taxes, and critiques included.  A deposit of $175 is required for registration.

Registration opens Monday, March 10, 2014.  

 Does this not sound utterly amazing?  Yes?  Register here.


  1. Would graphic novels for grades 1-3 fit with this retreat? Also, when can writers arrive?
    Trying hard to make this work this year!

    • Hi Nancy– I’ve gotten the official thumbs up from Brooks and Heather regarding graphic novels for young readers. As for arriving, the official check-in is at 3:00. Hope to see you this time!

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