The Writers Advance PNW

Pacific Northwest
Mount Angel Abbey, Mount Angel, Oregon

Going into the writer’s advance weekend, my project had fallen to the back burner. I felt stalled out and unfocused. This weekend helped me refocus, prioritize, and get moving again. I moved through some personal hurdles and some project blocks and ended up with an additional 8000 words when it was all done. I love the environment Marc creates and will be back again.

Anonymous Feedback Form, Spring 2022

Location

Mt. Angel Abbey

Mt. Angel Abbey in beautiful Mt. Angel Oregon, has been home to the Writers Advance for several years. The St. Benedict Guesthouse is the ideal place for the kind of reflective work that writers do. The Fall 2022 retreat will be taking place again here.

Hospitality

The Writers Advance is all about getting you out of the space where you have to worry about details. The St. Benedict Guesthouse provides everything we need for this. Great fresh food, well prepared. Comfortable private rooms with private bath. All in a beautiful, quiet, introspective settings.

WA PNW Questions

What are Mt. Angel’s COVID-19 precautions currently?

Presently, the Abbey is following Oregon’s state-wide guidance on COVID precautions. Unless the infection numbers change, masking will be at the wearer’s discretion. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. In our conference room, we will also have additional air filtering.

Where is Mt. Angel Abbey?

The Pacific Northwest Writers Advance is held at the St. Benedicts Guesthouse at the Mount Angel Abbey, in Mount Angel, Oregon. Mount Angel Abbey is a Benedictine monastery that houses both a community of Benedictine monks as well as a small seminary. The guesthouse is a part of the monastery.

You can learn more about the Abbey at their website: www.mountangelabbey.org

The abbey is about an hour south of Portland, Oregon, and about an 80-minute drive from Portland International Airport.

What if I’m flying in?

That’s exciting! Here’s the information you need. Mt. Angel Abbey is located in a small town (Mt. Angel, Oregon) a little more than an hour south of Portland, Oregon. Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). It’s very easy to get a cab, Uber or Lyft from the Airport. It’s about a 70-minute drive to the Abbey.

What about carpooling? That’s a possibility. People will be arriving at different times, especially since some will be adding on the extra early day, but everyone will be leaving near the same time, and since some participants are from the Portland area, getting a ride back to the airport should not be a problem. If you are flying in and would prefer to car pool, make sure you email me and let me know. We’ll see what we can arrange.

What’s included in the cost?

This is an all-inclusive retreat. Registration includes a private room with a personal bathroom and shower, linens and towels, delicious natural meals made from scratch on-site for every meal, all the coffee, tea, and snacks you need to sustain you. Optional one-on-one coaching and group feedback will be available, and you’ll find the environment encouraging and supportive with gentle accountability to focus on your writing.

What’s this about adding another day?

The main retreat is Friday 1 PM – Sunday Noon, but you can add a whole day to your retreat by registering for the add-on day. Think of all the extra time for writing! The add-on day fee includes an additional night of accommodations, all the added meals for your extra day, and more time to access one-on-one coaching. You can check into your room at 3 PM on Thursday, but you can arrive as early as you like and make use of the quiet and focus of the Abbey to get started writing.

What is the refund policy?

Plans change. Life happens. That’s all understandable. You’re considering putting down a hefty deposit on an event, and undoubtedly you want to know what happens if you can’t attend. So, here are the policy and options.

1. Due to the nature of events like this, deposits are not refundable.

2. If your plans change, you can move your reservation to a future event or transfer the deposit to someone else. You can request this change up to 7 days before the event. There is no charge for this change. After that point, your deposit goes to reserve your room and pay for catering. Even if you can’t come, it is no longer an option to move your registration to a future event.

3. If an unexpected family or health emergency comes up within that 7-day window and you cannot attend, I can roll your registration forward if you or I can find someone else to take your spot. There are two options for this. First, you could donate your deposit toward their cost with them agreeing to pay the balance. In this case, your deposit goes to them, and you are no longer registered for the event. Alternatively, if they are willing to pay the same price you paid for the event (Deposit+Balance Due), I will roll your deposit & registration forward to a future event. If I have people on a waiting list, I may be able to provide this service, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll have a waiting list. If you need to do this email me at marc@marcalanschelske.com to get the process started. This option does not apply if you forget to attend or miss the event for other non-emergency reasons.

4. If something happens outside of my control that forces the event to be canceled, I will notify you as soon as possible and give you the option to roll your registration & deposit forward to any future event at the current rate.

Reserve Your Spot

2022 Fall - Mt. Angel

Fall 2022 – Mt. Angel

$469
Nov. 11-13, 2022
Writers Advance PNW (Pacific Northwest) 2022 Fall Mt. Angel Abbey, Oregon
  • November 11-13. 2022
  • 2 nights, 3 days writers weekend
  • 5 meals
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, all day.
  • Private room (Queen bed and private bathroom).
  • Hours and hours for writing.
  • Private coaching and group feedback available.
Want to add an extra writing Day?
  • $150 adds Thursday, the 10th for more writing time.
  • Includes up to 3 add'l meals & another night in your room
  • One-on-one coaching to help you get your goals for the weekend on track.
  • Add this on during registration.
Payment Options
  • Pay in full or make a deposit to hold your space.
  • $469 in full, or a $200 deposit, balance due 30 days prior to the event.
  • Retreat + Extra Day is $619 in full, or a $300 deposit, balance due 30 days prior to the event.
2023 Fall - Mt. Angel

Fall 2023 – Mt. Angel

$489
November Date TBA
Writers Advance PNW (Pacific Northwest) 2023 Fall Mt. Angel Abbey, Oregon
  • November Date TBA
  • 2 nights, 3 days writers weekend
  • 5 meals
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, all day.
  • Private room (Queen bed and private bathroom).
  • Hours and hours for writing.
  • Private coaching and group feedback available.
Want to add an extra writing Day?
  • $175 adds Thursday for more writing time.
  • Includes up to 3 add'l meals & another night in your room
  • Includes a one-on-one coaching to help you get your goals for the weekend on track.
  • Add this on during registration.
Payment Options
  • Pay in full or make a deposit to hold your space.
  • $489 in full, or a $250 deposit, balance due 30 days prior to the event.
  • Retreat + Extra Day is $664 in full, or a $330 deposit, balance due 30 days prior to the event.