SiWC at Sea 2020

March 29-April 5, 2020

This Week We Write!

Writing, Cruising, Workshops, Dining

You wanted more SiWC - more workshops, more opportunities to get feedback, and more of that amazing, supportive SiWC atmosphere.

You wanted a chance to get away, to get inspired, to learn more, and to totally immerse yourself in your craft. You wanted an SiWC writing retreat.

So we did that aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean! We had inspiring workshops with amazing presenters you know and love from SiWC, dedicated writing time, dinners with presenters, fun events, cool shore excursions, and socializing with other attendees and presenters. We had a blast!

And we're doing it again for 2020!

We can't wait to see you there! 

Space is limited.

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"The entire experience was amazing!  The classes, the schedule, the dinner rotation, the collegiality, the support, the organization of arrival and departure, the opportunity to book shore excursions with our group, and the chance to make real friends who understand what it is like to inhabit our world with the sensitivities and perceptions of a writer, was beyond anything I would ever imagine.  Thank you to everyone for bringing the heart, brains, and determination to make this a transitional experience."
Antoinette Harvey

"It was a real joy meeting new people and reuniting with friends, spending time with everyone in the R Bar and dining room (loved trading tables every night!) The workshops were fantastic, and the organizers all deserve an A+. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in October!"
Pamela Patchet

"I loved the week with this inspiring group of writers. I appreciate the amount of work it took to plan and execute this adventure. Thank you and I hope to connect with all of you in the future. I plan to be at the October Conference and will be looking for you."
Edi dePencier

Schedule

We’ll sail from Galveston, Texas, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

March 28, 2020 - Registration and orientation at our group hotel in Houston
March 29 – Registration and shuttle to the ship in Galveston. Ship departs.
March 30 – Sea day – workshops and writing time!
March 31 – Sea day – workshops and writing time and fun!
April 1 – Port day – Roatan, Honduras
April 2 – Port day – Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
April 3 – Port day – Cozumel, Mexico
April 4 – Sea day – workshops and writing time and more!
April 5 – Arrive in Galveston

On port days, we’ll have some group excursions available if you wish, and we’ll still sneak in writing time, dinner with the group, and more.

On sea days, enjoy workshops with our presenters, take on some daily writing challenges if you want, find your favourite spot to write in, or just relax and enjoy the ship amenities (how about a massage for those sore typing muscles?).

Enjoy dinner and socializing with the group every night, including nights with a presenter at your table.

Presenters

2018's presenters included Eileen Cook, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sonali Dev, and kc dyer. 2020's presenters will be announced later.

Pricing & Registration

NB: ALL PRICES ARE IN USD and per person – This is due to the American cruise line’s group policies. Registration is open to all. Price is for a single berth in a double occupancy cabin. You can room with friends/family who register separately or let us pick a roommate for you. Family members who will not be attending writing workshops can register at our family rate. Family members who wish to attend writing workshops must register as attending writers, and must be at least 12. There is no age restriction on family members who are not attending the writing workshops.

At registration, you can select paying the full amount or paying a $300USD deposit and the rest in four equal payments in Feb, May, August, and November 2019.

Your price includes a full week of writing seminars, dedicated writing space and free writing time, and lots of encouragement to get words on paper. Also included are meals, including group dinners, double-occupancy lodging on the ship (a single berth in a double cabin with a roommate) and, of course, the cruise itself, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. We've also included port charges and pre-paid gratuities so you have no unexpected charges to worry about. The ship goes to three ports: Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. All of this plus the inspiring deep blues and bright colours of the Caribbean to fuel your writing fire, camaraderie with fellow attendees and presenters, and the kind of supportive writing environment you know and love from SiWC’s annual conference. [Prices do not include airfare.]

Package

Price

Interior Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and private bathroom. (150 sq. ft.) Also includes hair-dryer, TV, phone, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers, and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have Pullman beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests.
USD $1329.45

Promenade View Interior (double occupancy price per person)

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Promenade staterooms have bowed windows overlooking the Royal Promenade. Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and private bathroom. (167 sq. ft.) Also includes hair-dryer, TV, phone, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers, and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have Pullman beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests.
USD $1389.45

Ocean View Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. (159 sq. ft.) Also includes hair-dryer, TV, phone, computer jack, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers, and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have Pullman beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests.
USD $1429.45

Deluxe Ocean View Balcony Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

This is for an attending writer and includes access to all the workshop events. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. (184 sq. ft. Balcony 46 to 66 sq. ft.) Also includes vanity area, hair-dryer, TV, phone, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have a Pullman bed and/or sofa bed and can accommodate 3-4 guests. Some can also accommodate a rollaway bed or Play Yard.
USD $1699.45

Family rate - Interior Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note: children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact registration@siwc.ca.
USD $979.45

Family rate - Promenade Interior Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note: children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact registration@siwc.ca.
USD $1039.45

Family rate – Ocean View Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note:children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact registration@siwc.ca.
USD $1079.45

Family rate – Deluxe Ocean View Balcony Stateroom (double occupancy price per person)

Use this to add a family member to your stateroom. Since they aren't attending seminars, we can offer a discounted fare. (Note:children between the ages of 12-17, may attend classes with a responsible adult at the family fare rate) Most rooms hold only two people. If you want to bring more than one family member, please contact registration@siwc.ca.
USD $1349.45

Pre-cruise Hotel stay (double occupancy) and Transportation

Double occupancy pre-cruise night in the group hotel in Houston where registration will take place, including taxes, breakfast, and transfers between the hotel and ship and from the ship to Bush International Airport
USD $120

Pre-cruise Hotel stay (single occupancy) and Transportation

Double occupancy pre-cruise night in the group hotel in Houston where registration will take place, including taxes, breakfast, and transfers between the hotel and ship and from the ship to Bush International Airport
USD $175

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