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7th Autumn Island Writers Club Weekend Retreat
Our 2018 autumn writers retreat is at the 123-year-old "President's Cottage" on Middle Bass Island from Friday, October 5th to Sunday, Oct. 7th, 2018. (Any profits from this retreat will go to rehabbing the cottage.) The $295 reservation fee covers everything and includes round-trip passenger tickets for the ferry boat, transport to/from the island's ferry dock, your private cottage room for two nights, all meals and beverages for three days, planned group writing activities and your own uninterrupted "private time" for writing and relaxing during this unique weekend getaway. For past retreat photos, click here ( French explorers originally named Middle Bass Island the "Isle de Fleurs" because of its native floral landscape. The new Lonz Winery state park is one of MBI's most popular "Kodak moments" in addition to the island's glacial grooves, eagle's nest and Lake Erie sunsets. Middle Bass is referred to as "the quiet island" and it's ideal for our small-group writing retreat. Reservations are limited so, if this retreat fills up, there will be a waiting list. Special requests and room preferences will be honored on a first-reserved, first-served basis. Our writers retreats often sell out, so if you're planning to be a part of this unique getaway, reserve online as soon as you can! (President Taft photo courtesy of White House Press Office, 1908. Sunset and wine photo courtesy of Glenn Pastella.)

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(NOTE: If you're interested in going on a private "One-Plus-One" writing retreat or scheduling a coaching session with Steve FitzGerald, email him via for details. Group retreats are announced and spots for them are reserved here on Meetup at )

As writers, we sometimes need to get away from the everyday grind that monopolizes our time, focus and creative energy. It helps if we can escape the "rat race" to rediscover the craft and pleasure of our writing in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

The Island Writers Club (formerly known as Ohio Writers Retreats) was organized in 2009, to help writers get away from their distractions to make progress writing, and to be in the company of other writers. We'll feature, sponsor, co-sponsor and present writing retreats that offer island getaway options. Meetup organizer and writing coach Steve FitzGerald leads the small-group retreats and the private, individual "One-Plus-One" retreats. You can learn more about Steve -- and read reviews of writers he's assisted -- by visiting

We hope you'll join our meetup group today and then plan to attend the group or individual writing retreat that's right for you!

Currently, there are no membership dues to join the Island Writers Club, but the retreats we sponsor, co-sponsor or feature will require that you reserve in advance and pay a fee to attend and cover costs.

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