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Are you ready to take your fiction to the next level?

Join #1 internationally bestselling author Karen Dionne at her lakefront Michigan home for a productive and inspiring weekend!

Why would a bestselling author take time from her busy schedule to host a writers retreat?

It’s a fair question. The short answer is that Karen loves helping writers almost as much as she loves writing.

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Muskrat Lodge Writers Retreat Highlights

High-level instruction

Karen and her award-winning, bestselling co-instructors are all skilled teachers who are eager to share what they've learned about the business and the craft.

Individual feedback

Get constructive feedback on your first 20 pages from not just one, but two award-winning, bestselling authors to help you make your manuscript the best it can be.

Quiet time till 1 PM

Hole up during your free time and write your heart out. Or go for a hike in the woods or kayak on the lake. This quiet time is yours to use as you wish.

Encouragement and camaraderie

The only person who truly understands a writer is another writer. We promise you’ll come away encouraged and inspired!

Retreat Schedule

choose from four different sessions with four different guest instructors

June 5 - 9 | Karen Dionne & Stephen Mack Jones

July 31 - August 4 | Karen Dionne & Steven James

August 14 - 18 | Karen Dionne & Jacquelyn Mitchard

September 11 - 15 | Karen Dionne & Jean Kwok

Surrounded by woods and water, students will find inspiration at every turn.

Make yourself at home.

Explore Muskrat Lodge, Karen’s peaceful hideaway on a small lake surrounded by forest in the middle of Michigan.