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Now entering its seventh year, Clearwater Writers is a writing retreat series hosted by Reflections Inn, a quiet, rural travel lodge situated in North Central Idaho on the wild and scenic Clearwater River.

The program was established to provide writers time and space away from the usual concerns to focus on furthering projects in a peaceful, inspiring setting. With new and established writers coming from as far away as Los Angeles and Austin, our retreats are also developing a reputation as “the answer” for anyone who is looking for guidance with a particular project.

Retreats are facilitated by the Inn’s writer-in-residence, Paula Coomer, poet and author of eight books of poetry and prose including Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl, Jagged Edge of the Sky, Dove Creek, Nurses Who Love English, and Blue Moon Vegetarian. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher of creative writing at both the community and university level, Ms. Coomer offers creative inspiration and support for all writers, regardless of achievement or ability.

Features of the Retreat

  • 4 nights in a scenic wilderness setting in Idaho’s Rocky Mountain foothills

  • Beautiful, private accommodations

  • A maximum of 6 other writers

  • Very low rates (see below)

  • Feedback on up to 20 double-spaced pages of writing (find specific formatting requirements here)

Meals and Transportation

  • Attendees bring their own meal preparations; cooking, cold storage, and communal dining space available in 2 fully-equipped, well-appointed kitchens

  • Compact refrigerators in each room as well as coffee makers

  • Food Service option ($120 additional fee applies) available upon request

  • For air transportation and car rental contact the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport

Application for Clearwater Writers 2020 Spring Retreat

  • To inquire further, write to Ms. Coomer at If you prefer, you may leave a message at 509-635-0444, and Ms. Coomer will get back to you.

  • Otherwise, please indicate your interest by sending a writing sample to

  • If you have been with us for a previous retreat, a writing sample is not required; however, do contact Ms. Coomer by phone or email prior to contacting the Inn for reservations..

  • A phone interview will also be required of first-time applicants.

  • Cost for the retreat is $424.

    • Room rate is $75 per night plus 8% tax for a total of $324.

    • A facilitator’s honorarium of $100 is due upon arrival.

    • Deadline for application is Feb. 3, 2020.

    • We expect this retreat to fill up quickly, so please contact us as early as possible.

  • For maps and more about Reflections Inn, go to

  • Successful applicants will be notified upon approval at which point they will be directed to make reservations by contacting Ruth May directly at the Inn at 208-926-0855.