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Walloon Lake Writer's Retreat

Arrive Thursday, April 18 • Depart Sunday, April 21

Create your own literary masterpiece in the quaint Northern Michigan town that inspired Ernest Hemingway, Walloon Lake Village. This year’s special guest moderator is Valerie Hemingway, author of the 2005 memoir Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingway’s. The weekend retreat will offer an inspiring, intimate, and collaborative setting for writers seeking stimulation and ideas. Tour local attractions on a private tour with the Michigan Hemingway Society President. Receive one-on-one writing guidance from published authors and writing professionals. Enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan’s lakes and rolling scenery all while relaxing in the luxurious accommodations of Hotel Walloon. Package rate is starting at $1,135 per person. Additional guests are $385 per person.


Package Includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodations at the award-winning Hotel Walloon · Dinner one evening at the historic Walloon Lake Inn
  • Writing leadership sessions lead by published writers, including Valerie Hemingway
  • Access to unique locations around the quaint Village for private writing time
  • Networking and collaboration with fellow writers
  • A keepsake gift from Valerie Hemingway
  • Admission to A Lakeside Chat with Valerie Hemingway (also open to the public)
  • An exclusive presentation of “Hemingway in Northern Michigan” by Chris Struble, president of the Michigan Hemingway Society
  • A caravan tour of key Hemingway locales hosted by the Michigan Hemingway Society


Included In Your Stay:

  • Four Daily Food Presentations including breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Guest Only Access
  • Private Beach & Patio
  • Hearth Room Bar
  • 24 Hour Fitness Center
  • Billiards Room
  • Heated Outdoor Spa
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Schedule of Events (tentative):

Thursday evening

  • 8:30 PM – Fireside Welcome with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (cash bar)



  • 7 AM to 9 AM – Breakfast
  • 9 AM to 4 PM – Writer’s Seminar at Talcott · 5 PM – Retreat Dinner at the historic Walloon Lake Inn
  • 7 PM – Public Presentation with Valerie Hemingway at Talcott



  • 7-9 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM – Writer’s Seminar at Talcott
  • 1 PM to 2:30 PM – Caravan Tour around Walloon Lake and Horton Bay lead by the Michigan Hemingway Society
  • 3:30 PM – Special Hemingway Dedication
  • 4 PM to 5:30 PM – Writer’s Retreat continues at Talcott
  • 6 PM – Dinner and exploring the Village on own



  • 7-9 AM – Breakfast
  • 9 AM – Writer’s Retreat closing remarks at Talcott
  • 12 PM – Departure and optional hike at the Nick Adams Preserves with the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy (weather permitting)


Reservations for the 3rd Annual Writer’s Retreat at Hotel Walloon are available by calling Hotel Walloon Reservations at 1-231-535-5000.

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