Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


2019 Squam Lake Writing Retreat


Included in your registration:

•  Individual 25-minute critique (one PB or up to 20 pages/5,000 words of a longer ms) with an agent or editor in the field

•  Peer critiques from other writers in your sub-category (i.e., picture books, middle grade, young adult, etc.)

•  Lodging for 2 nights at the Rockywold Deephaven camps

•  Two dinners, two breakfasts, and two lunches on-premises

•  Mentor panels, workshops, and/or presentations on topics relevant to children’s writers and illustrators

•  Writing time in a stunningly beautiful natural setting

•  The opportunity to connect with mentors and other writers at an intimate, exclusive getaway




Wifi is available but is not 100% reliable in this remote location. Streaming videos is not practical so please download any necessary content prior to your arrival.


What to Bring

•  Flashlight – It is extremely dark walking back to your cabin at night. Don’t rely on your phone.
•  Reusable water bottle and/or hot cup (Water bottle filling stations available.)
•  Hiking gear (including boots) if you plan on a hike.
•  Hair dryer
•  Warm jacket and sweater (think layers.)
•  General toiletries
•  Rain gear
•  Copies of your manuscript to share at peer critiques.
•  Alcoholic Beverages – no alcohol is served at RDC but you are welcome to bring your own for socializing.
•  Snacks to share with your cabin mates.

* Some items are available at Zodiac (RDC’s convenience store) or the Camp Store if you forget! Note that they do not take credit cards; cash or check only.


What NOT to Bring

•  Credit Cards – cash or checks only.
•  High Heels – sneakers are a wiser choice.
•  Cigarettes – no smoking allowed anywhere at the camp.
•  Pets





All photos courtesy of Rockywold-Deephaven Campground.