We strongly advise you reserve a spot for your vehicle on the Washington State Ferry (WSF). Please visit and go to make a Reservation. And, don’t forget to make a reservation for your return trip to Anacortes. Once you arrive at the Orcas Island Ferry Terminal, it’s about a 45-minute drive to Doe Bay Resort.

After you have purchased your ticket, Write Doe Bay staff will be reaching out to you for travel details. We will do our best to help coordinate rides and pick-ups from Sea-Tac airport and city centers for those who need it.

Schedule Overview

We encourage all participants to arrive Thursday evening to get their room assignments, mingle with others, and settle into Doe Bay Resort. Guests are welcome to stay as long as they want and our staff can assist arranging additional night of lodging.

The schedule is fairly condensed, however  there will be some open times for relaxing and independent writing. If you’re thinking you’ll want more time for your writing we recommend staying through Sunday night (or even longer!)–you’ll have no shortage of inspiration from the workshops and Doe Bay Resort is the perfect setting for moving that inspiration from head to paper.

Workshop Details

We will be in the main room at the Retreat House for all meals and workshops Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. This room has a variety of comfortable chairs and couches and floor pillows. Write Doe Bay has rented the entire house so the only people coming in and out will be participants, Write Doe Bay staff, Teaching Artists, and our chef (and the Resort owner, Joe Brotherton, who pops by once and awhile). Teaching Artists will be announced leading up to the weekend and a refined schedule with Workshop titles will be released to the ticket holders 3 - 4 weeks before the event.

Lodging details

Lodging at Doe Bay Resort is included with your ticket for Thursday - Saturday nights. Sunday night lodging is available for a discounted rate for all Write participants. Lodging varies from shared cabins to staying in rooms in the retreat house. Please note that the layouts of the shared cabins includes shared living, kitchen, and bathroom space. Single occupancy cabins may be purchased for an additional cost and are subject to availability.


Meals are included with your ticket and will provided by our in-house cook Friday morning through Sunday morning. Our chef will make modifications for allergy and dietary restrictions upon request.


Write Doe Bay will be providing journals and pens for all participants and Teaching Artists.

Special Needs and Requests

Our goal at Write Doe Bay is to be inclusive and considerate of all participants and Teaching Artists. We do our best to respond and accommodate to special needs and requests. If you have questions please contact us at