Why a writer’s retreat?

     Come-Down-to-the-Lakeshore Writer’s Retreat was created by Debbie Hoogesteger in 2015; in 2016 the event was taken on by United Church Camps Outdoor Ministry (ucci.org), appearing on Pilgrim Center’s annual schedule. Debbie works with Pilgrim Center staff to provide opportunities for writers to enrich their craft and faith.

    By spending time with her grandchildren Debbie rediscovered wonder and writing in her life. One of her best-loved quotes is by Agatha Christie:

“I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.”

This retreat was born out of that second blooming of life.  

Retreat’s Vision  

To provide an inspiring and sacred space for writers of all genres and skill levels where they can not only write but also reflect on how God is calling them to use their gifts to create abundant lives for themselves and others.

Retreat’s Mission

To provide time to write, wonder, and worship.