The Literary Arts Foundation NL

Inspiring excellence in Newfoundland & Labrador writing...

Piper's Frith: Writer's Retreat 2016

Piper's Frith offers mentorship, fellowship and a peaceful place for emerging and established writers to pursue their creative projects.

October 10 to 15, 2016

Piper's Frith runs from Monday afternoon 3:00 p.m. to 12:00, noon, Saturday. The retreat costs $575 Canadian (note new price!) which covers:

  • 5 nights in Kilmory Resort; (This price is for single bedrooms, but shared kitchen and living spaces. It is $95 extra for single chalets, on a first-come-first-serve basis.)
  • 15 meals;
  • 5 small-group sessions with an experienced and award-winning writer, in either short fiction, poetry, or playwriting;
  • 2 private mentoring sessions;
  • time to write during the day;
  • optional public readings;
  • discussion and conversation in an inspirational setting.

(Applications are now closed for 2016 although we may be able to squeeze in 1-2 more playwrights. Playwrights contact us at

The process is straightforward and elegant -- and online here: Piper's Frith Guidelines and Application. Applications open on April 17 2016 and close September 6, 2016



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The Frith runs from Monday at 3 p.m. to Saturday at 12 noon

For those arriving by air, Kilmory is almost a 2-hour drive from St. John's. For those needing assistance with ground transportation, organizers will help with options and arrangements. 


Kilmory Resort is a four-star resort nestled in the Piper's Hole River Valley on the estuary leading to Placentia Bay, on the Burin Peninsula. Waterfront chalets with equipped kitchens and furnished living areas offer a perfect indoor complement to a spectacular outdoor setting for leisure and adventure. Getting there...

What's a piper's frith, anyway? 

Piper's comes from the Piper's Hole River that runs through this gorgeous part of the world, and which was named for a legendary, mournful piping sound heard after an untimely death.  Source: The Legend of Piper's Hole; Legends of Newfoundland and Labrador by Donald Wilson Stanley Ryan. See link.

Frith is a geographical term, an alternative to firth, that refers to an opening of a river into the ocean, an estuary. In addition, Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary includes an obsolete meaning from Old English that refers to peace and protection, sanctuary; a forest or wooded place.

We've appropriated this grand old word, frith, and reconstituted it to mean a peaceful, wooded sanctuary, on or near an estuary, where one can engage in good writing.


Thanks to our supporters!

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Credit Union Charitable Foundation
  • ArtsNL
  • Anonymous private donors
  • RBC Foundation Emerging Artists Project

(Applications are now closed for 2016 although we may be able to squeeze in 1-2 more playwrights. Playwrights contact us at [email protected])

To contribute or pay your fees to Piper's Frith 2016 you can mail a cheque to:

Piper's Frith
PO Box 2662
St. John's, NL
Canada  A1C 6K1

or by click on the Pay Pal button below:

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