Summer Writing Retreats


Why come to a Writing Retreat?

In the season of summer and fall writing conferences, writers need time and space to prepare their manuscripts for agents and editors. 

The Writers’ Manor provides both time away from the demands of everyday life and quiet space so that you can welcome your muse.

Join us at the lovely St. Michael's Manor, a vintage guesthouse in beautiful East Oak Lane (Philadelphia). Each room includes an easy chair, desk, and a collection of books. Single or double accommodations available. Guests are welcome to make use of the Library and all outside garden areas and covered porches.   

Amenities:  free Wifi, coffee, tea, and organic snack food, reference books and writing magazines, peace and quiet.

What can you expect?

During the retreat, you will have hours to yourself to muse, write, read, and think. Meals will be served at 8am, 12pm, and 5:30 pm. After dinner, you and your fellow writers will have an opportunity to brainstorm and participate in critique groups if you wish. 

Those who sign up for a manuscript consult will be assigned a time on Saturday to meet with an editor for up to an hour.

Guest Editor:  Joyce Magnin is the author of nine books for children and adults, including the remarkable Cake. She joins Allan Andrews, Priscilla Strapp, and Valerie Davis in providing manuscript consultations. Click here for more information about your hosts.


Dates and Rates 

The Writers’ Manor retreats are held the last weekend of each month June through August. Come for three  days, four days, or take a one-day retreat. 

Four days

Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning, including 8 meals    

Single             $200 

Double           $160


Three days

Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, including 5 meals          

Single             $140

Double           $100

One-day with lunch

$ 35



Manuscript Consult 

$2.00 per page. You may choose to receive help on 25 pages, 50 pages, or 100 pages. 

Please provide your manuscript to The Writers’ Manor no later than two weeks before your retreat. Email manuscript pages to



To Register:  

Copy and paste the form below and mail it to The Writer's Manor, 6300 N. 7th Street, Suite 101, Philadelphia, PA 19126. Please include a check, payable to The Writers' Manor, for $50 to hold your place.


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