Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Wildly Inspired Retreat

Date(s) - 10/20/2022 - 10/23/2022
12:00 am

Ramblewood Retreat Center
269035 US-101 - Sequim, WA 98382




(but you can still get on the waiting list if you like)

Are you feeling stuck on a project, in a creativity rut, or just need a little sparky getaway? Join this creative retreat unlike any other—at a bargain price. Your choice of 2 or 3 nights for the same cost!

At this retreat, you will:

• Enhance your creativity by connecting more consciously with the natural world (and your own subconscious)

• Explore specific activities and tools for channeling the power of nature to spark your imagination and support other aspects of your work

• Find inspiration, get unstuck, ease burnout, or de-stress (and who doesn’t need at least one of those lately?)

• Take advantage of free time for work on your current project(s) as well as good fun (Community! S’mores! Yoga, if you like!)

Arrive as early as 2:00 p.m. on Thursday to write or relax. We’ll officially start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and finish just before noon on Sunday. (Scroll down for a more detailed schedule.) The rustic setting includes a lodge, a variety of sleeping options, a large kitchen, and outdoor space for working, eating, and relaxing. Most meals and beverages will be “bring your own” to keep it simple and accommodate any food needs.

“I really appreciated this opportunity to consider my work from a whole different angle. The weekend was the perfect blend of writing/thinking time, instruction, fresh exercises, discussion, walks, yoga, knitting, and community. It was the definition of retreat. I would go on retreat with you anytime!”

—Dori Hillestad Butler, multiple award-winning author & pilot Wildly Inspired participant


The SCBWI COVID-19 Policy for events over 25 attendees will apply. (See below.)


If you’ve longed for lower-cost retreat options, this one’s for you. The entire weekend’s programming, up to 3 nights’ accommodations, one meal, and all materials are yours for the low fees below (total, not per night).

Note this is a rustic, camp-like adventure, and the only guaranteed “private, single” option is to bring your own tent. (But you may get lucky, depending on the total number of registrants.)

$160 total — CABIN: 1 of 3 double-sized, bottom bunks in each of 3 cabins, which have a small fridge, table, chairs, & electrical outlets. We’ll likely have at least one Early Bird cabin and one Chainsaw Snoring cabin.
$150 total — LOFT TWIN: 1 of 7 twin beds in the loft of the lodge. (Probably best for party animals or night owls, since we’re likely to be using the main room until at least 10 p.m.)
$130 total — SHELTER: 1 of 4 twin-sized bottom bunks, with mattresses, in each of 4 Adirondack shelters, plus 2 in a fifth. Shelters have one light, 4 USB ports, and a porch, but are unheated. (Overnight temps in October are usually around 50°; mattresses in the photo below are tipped on edge to protect them between guests.)
$110 total — BYO TENT: Use one of several flat, official tent sites at the retreat center. Overnight temps in October are usually around 50° and Sequim is in the rain shadow so dry weather is likely, but if not, you could move into the lodge main room or a shelter.
$80 total — PROGRAMMING ONLY: If you’re local, you can drive home at night. Or arrange your own RV/tent site in the campground (starts at $30/night); the retreat facilities are less than 1/4 mi walk (depending on which trail & campsite you take). The park does not take reservations after September, but a shortage of campsites is very unlikely.



• ALL participants will need to bring their own bedding (sheets, blankets) or sleeping bag and pillow. Mattresses are provided for all options (including taking an upper bunk mattress into your own tent, if you like).

• The bathroom building, including showers, is about 75 feet from the lodge and the nearest cabin and shelter. (At midnight, stepping discreetly around a tree in the dark is an option, too, but either way, plan to bring a flashlight.)

• ADA options are available and accessed on a smooth but unpaved trail.

• The participant limit will be smaller than the number of available sleeping spaces, so odds are good that some shelters or cabins may host only 1 or 2 people. And if you’d rather have an upper bunk than lower, you’ll be free to do so.

• There’s no wifi, but signal is available for most cell carriers.

• The park includes a stretch of the paved Discovery Trail, unpaved trails, spaces for volleyball, tennis, & horseshoes, and a Puget Sound waterfront, so there’s plenty to do in free time.



For simplicity and ease of dealing with restrictions, bring everything you want to eat/fix yourself for all meals and snacks except Friday dinner. Consider hot dogs, s’mores, or other campfire food if you like! There’s plenty of fridge space. Adult beverages welcome for Friday evening’s social time.

What will be provided:

• A selection of tea

• A group dinner on Friday consisting of light appetizers, a baked spud bar, and two soup choices (one veggie & GF).


Registration is now open.

First, sign up, then you’ll receive an email confirming your sleeping choice and providing online payment instructions. Total participants will be limited to ensure a cozy and collegial group.




TENTATIVE SCHEDULE                                             

Thursday, Oct 20 (optional, but we hope you can take advantage!)

Time Activity
3:00 pm Come any time after 3:00. FREE TIME TO WRITE
6:00 BYO dinner
7:30 Optional creativity yoga


Friday, Oct. 21

Time Activity
All morning Come any time for FREE TIME TO WRITE
2:30-3:00 pm Arrive & get settled by 3:00 pm
3:00 – 6:00 Welcome and group activities, including appetizers
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner (soup & baked potatoes provided; bring beverages)
7:00 – 8:30 Group activity
8:30 Optional kid-lit social, campfire, readings


Saturday, Oct. 22

Time Activity
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast BYO
9:00 –10:30 Spring activities (group & individual)
10:45-12:15 Summer activities (group & individual)
12:15 – 5 pm Lunch (BYO) & FREE TIME TO WRITE
5:00-6:30 Autumn activities
6:30-7:30 Dinner (BYO) (optional campfire, etc.)
7:30 – 9:00 Winter activity
9-9:30 Optional: Rest-time Yoga


Sunday, Oct. 23

Time Activity
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast BYO & prepare to check out
9:00-10:45 Winter revisited, final activity
11 – 11:30 Wrap up & closing
11:30 – 12:00 Optional: last kitchen access for lunch
12 – 12:45 pm Camp cleanup & inspection (all participants)
12:45 – 1:00 Check out


SCBWI COVID-19 Policy: To minimize the risk of Covid-19 at all SCBWI in-person events with more than 25 attendees, event organizers are required to implement the following attendance  policy: 

  • Require attendees to submit proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of  attendance.  

At any SCBWI in-person event, regardless of the number of attendees, organizers must offer each attendee a free disposable mask, provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the event area, and post this policy in its entirety in areas visible to attendees. 

Comments regarding this policy should be directed to SCBWI headquarters by emailing Include your name and contact information in order to receive a response.