How to enroll in the Lost Lake Writers Retreat

How much does the retreat cost?

The 2021 tuition of $375 includes all retreat events, including the opening night party and Sunday farewell brunch, but not lodging or meals. You may enroll through PayPal or use a credit card on this page, or mail a check. See below for full instructions.

Continue down the page for information about lodging and dining, as well as what to expect once you enroll.

How do I pay?

Tuition is due at the time of enrollment.

Springfed Arts, our cosponsor, offers a discount on this retreat to its members. You may join the group, then sign up for the retreat to earn the discount. Go to if you would like to sign up there.

Through this website, you may choose one of two methods of tuition payment, by check or through PayPal. 

Paying by check: Choose one of the class options. Then write the name of the class, your name and address, your phone and your email (if you have one) on a piece of paper, write a check to Inspiration Alcona for the appropriate amount and pop the paper and the check in the mail to Inspiration Alcona, PO Box 506, Lincoln, MI 48742. 

Paying through PayPal: If you'd like to use PayPal or charge with a credit card through PayPal, select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu below and click the Buy Now button to pay.  

Retreat Options

What about lodging and dining?

The most convenient place to stay is at the Lost Lake Woods Club Lodge, where all retreat events will be held. But there is no requirement to stay there; even if you do not stay at the lodge, you may buy meals there.

There are four lodging and meal packages available at the lodge. All include the retreat events, lodging Thursday through Saturday nights, breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, as well as the opening party and farewell Sunday brunch. You must name your companion for the shared-room packages; we will not assign someone.

• Private-room package at the Lost Lake lodge with private bath, $600

• Shared-room package at the Lost Lake lodge with private bath, $530

• Private-room package at the Lost Lake lodge with communal bath down the hall, $570

• Shared-room package at the Lost Lake lodge with communal bath down the hall, $515
Three bed-and-breakfast inns operate within the county: the Lake Huron Inn, the Springport Inn and Churchill Pointe Inn. All three can be found online. A few small motels and cabin resorts are along or near the Lake Huron shore. 

The Lost Lake Woods Club restaurants, the Five Lakes Grill and the Lost Lure Lounge, will be open for all meals during the retreat, but dinner is not included in any package because we hope that participants will go out to see a bit more of Alcona County while they are at the retreat. Restaurant recommendations are available, whether you stay at Lost Lake or not.

What happens next?

Soon after you’ve enrolled, you’ll get an email confirmation. (If it’s more convenient for you, we’ll send things by U.S. mail.) A few weeks before the retreat, you'll get maps and directions, as well as other details.

Thanks for signing up. We look forward to seeing you in October.

If you have questions about the Lost Lake Writers Retreat, now or later, send an email to or call 989-736-3000.

The rest of the details

Should we have to cancel the whole retreat, whether for corona virus reasons or otherwise, we'll make a full refund to you.

If you cancel but we are able to fill your place, we'll send a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee.

If you must cancel for reasons of illness, we'll do the same whether we fill your place or not.

If you cancel for other reasons more than a month before the retreat, we will send a 50 percent refund.

If you cancel for other reasons less than a month before the retreat, we will send no refund, but we will apply your payment to a future retreat.