Welcome to the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat!

A sunset seen through cumulus clouds over Lake Okoboji

Julie Gammack, producer

The Great Lakes of Okoboji, Iowa

September 17-20, 2023

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Enrollment fee after September 1, 2023: $895

There is a story in everyone. Let award-winning journalists, columnists, authors, storytellers, and agents help you tell yours.

The optional dinner on Monday, September 18, at the Lakes Art Center will include a private showing of the RAGBRAI documentary SHIFT: The RAGBRAI Documentary. Courtney Crowder and Kim Norvell of The Des Moines Register were on the team that produced this film. These storytellers will also be speakers for the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat.

Weather permitting, a sunset cruise around West Lake Okoboji will be on Tuesday evening.

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat is designed so participants can meet in small group sessions with highly successful writers.

Julie’s memo to speakers.


Check out photos from our 2022 conference.

About The Organizer

Julie Gammack has produced writers’ retreats in Iowa, the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, Whidbey Island, Washington, and Vail, Colorado.

Gammack is a former Des Moines Register columnist, WHO-AM radio talk radio host, Vistage business coach, and current columnist via Substack.

Julie Gammack’s Potluck column is a popular feature in Iowa.

Gammack founded the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative in July of 2022 and has 35 columnists currently.

About the Retreat

The annual Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, founded in 2021, is open to all skill levels. Columnist Julie Gammack is the producer. Over 30 faculty resources will be on hand to work with participants in small-group settings. Whether you come to find out how to get started or land a book deal, this retreat is a welcoming and impactful event for all.

It has sold out each year.


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