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What To Expect

At Write, beginners and seasoned writers will transcend genre to get to the heart of storytelling. The workshop brings together accomplished leadership to inspire, guide and offer the tools to unlock the work you know is waiting.

Getting to Orcas Island may feel like you are traveling to the end of the earth. You may take a boat, plane, train and automobile to get here — and all in one day. The journey to the upper left corner of the USA is part of the experience, it’s true. Also: the weekend will be intense. It will challenge you. You won’t have heaps of time for independent project work. Our intimate setting and low participant-to-instructor ratio means you’ll have the tools to go home and do the work you need to do. Are you ready?


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.


Friday                                                 Saturday                                          Sunday

Breakfast                                              Breakfast                                             Breakfast

Introduction and Welcome              Workshop: Teaching Artist #3       Feedback forms

Workshop: Teaching Artist #1         Lunch                                                  Closing Ceremony

Lunch                                                    Workshop: Teaching Artist #4

Workshop: Teaching Artist #2         Break

Break                                                     Dinner

Dinner                                                   Evening Event

Evening Event

As you can see, the schedule is fairly condensed. There will be some open times for relaxing and independent writing; however, 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