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Start your next writing adventure between rivers and bluffs...

La Crosse, WI | September 20-26, 2024

Writing on the River

Located at the confluence of three rivers, the quaint city of La Crosse is a delight in the heart of the Driftless region. This once-prominent lumber town is home to colleges, breweries, one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in the USA, and the inspiration for your next novel.

Why La Crosse?

La Crosse is one of the places we call home. It's comfortable, yet beautiful. We find endless inspiration in our experiences here and want to share that with you.

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Get Away & Write

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation

  • 6 included activities

  • Daily writing sessions

  • Breakfast daily

  • Welcome reception

Starts at $1550

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Repeat Writer

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation

  • 6 included activities

  • Daily writing sessions

  • Breakfast daily

  • Welcome reception

  • Repeat attendee discount

Starts at $1350

Casual Meeting

Write Local

  • Daily Writing Sessions

  • Welcome Reception

  • Participate in daily activities around town at additional cost

Starts at $250

Travel Information

Driving: La Crosse is located directly off Interstates 90/94.

Train: Amtrak service is available via Chicago and Minneapolis on the Empire Builder line.

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Flights: La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE) is located about 15 minutes from downtown and provides daily connections from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) via American Airlines. The Minneapolis airport (MSP) is the located about 2 hours from LaCrosse.

Transportation is not included in your package. If you need assistance with transportation needs including transfer from the airport or train station please contact us.

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Retreat Programming

Our daily activities include:


  • A prompt packet at breakfast

  • Pre-lunch program session

  • Post lunch program session

  • Free writing time

  • Planned daily activity

  • Post-dinner readings or feedback sessions


All sessions are planned to help you maximize your creativity but are entirely optional.


Session topics may include:

  • Pitching & networking

  • World building

  • Character development

  • The business of writing

  • and more...

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Tours & Activities

Our included activities are designed to inspire you and your story. Activities may include (based on interest):

  • Ghost Tour

  • Cheese Tasting

  • Local Breweries

  • Sightseeing on the Mississippi

Let's write together.

Booking & Cancellation information

Please review our booking and cancellation information before purchase. Additional questions can be answered by reviewing our complete policies and disclosures.

Love La Crosse?

Join us for Oktoberfest!

September 26-29, 2024


Celebrate your creativity with us. Find out more information about Oktoberfest and where you can extend your stay below.

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Who are we?

Deanna Sjolander

For the past 15 + years, I have been in learning and development both as a facilitator and as an instructional designer as well as a workshop, retreat, and convention planner on the side.

Blake Hausladen

Founder of Rook Creek Books, I have been involved in every aspect of publishing from writing, to distribution. If you need it to put a book on the market, I've done it. 

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