Creative retreats led by inspiring teachers in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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SPARKS FLY creative retreats are led by inspiring teachers in beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Explore a wonderful part of the world while learning from skilled and supportive instructors. Regardless of your level of expertise — whether you’re working on your first novel or short story, plugging away on draft three of a screenplay, changing genres, or just contemplating getting creative for the first time — we have a retreat for you. Explore this gorgeous UNESCO world heritage site. Connect with new people. Delve into your imagination. Create!

“I was privileged to take part in the inaugural SPARKS FLY retreats workshop in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Wow, it did not disappoint. Diana carefully brought all the pieces together for an incredible experience. Intimate group, top notch setting, and very well organized. A brilliant workshop that I would highly recommend.”
Doug Raphael
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)



Aerial view of the Lunenburg waterfront.

in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

October 21–October 26, 2024 | CAD $1,899
This five-day workshop is perfect for both experienced writers and complete beginners. You will find the heart of your story and discover the most powerful way to tell it. A series of timed writing exercises will spark your imagination. All participants will have two one-on-one sessions with Allegra, where you can discuss your current or future writing projects. You’ll leave this workshop feeling energized and inspired.

in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

This five-day workshop, designed for beginners as well as experienced photographers, will teach participants how to “see” their photographs by introducing them to design and composition principles used by artists of all disciplines. Your individual needs will be discussed during group and one-on-one sessions with Paul, allowing you to discover your own voice through photography.
View of downtown Lunenburg from across the harbour


in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


Do you have an idea you think would make an excellent film or TV show? Screenwriting 101 will help you hone your story-telling skills and bring that idea to life. In this five-day beginners screenwriting workshop, you’ll learn about character development, plotting, structure and pacing. You’ll also learn how to construct an effective log-line and, very importantly, how to pitch your idea to producers and broadcasters.

OUR 2023–24


Allegra Huston

Allegra Huston is the author of Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found; novel A Stolen Summer; and two guides for writers: How to Edit and Be Edited and How to Read for an Audience (with James Navé). She is also a contributor to the anthology One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us, edited by Erica Heller. She teaches memoir workshops internationally.

Hester Schofield

Hester Schofield is based in Bridport, Dorset, UK. She is an award-winning visual artist and filmmaker who has exhibited at the ICA and Lisson Gallery in London, the Laing Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Hester is also a writer of film, television and fiction. She combines these skills in her workshop, Developing Your Unique Creative Voice.

Paul A. Teolis

Paul A. Teolis is an award-winning photographer known for his Antarctic and travel photography, which has taken him to more than seventy countries on six continents. In 2012, he designed and launched the Photographer-in-Residence program on G Adventures’ Expedition, leading workshops in the Polar regions, Africa and South America.

Ronalda Jones

Ronalda Jones’s career began as an acclaimed film actress and theater director. As a writer for film and television, she has had a number of screenplays optioned by both producers and broadcasters. She has taught the art of pitching, development and screenwriting at Humber’s Graduate Program for Writing, as well as producing for film and television.

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