FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Artist rendition of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory campus.

September 19, 20, and 21, 2022

  1. What are the dates? There will be an informal hot dog roast on the campus of Lakeside Labs, September 18 the night before the retreat officially begins. This is put on by volunteers who attended the retreat last year. Bring something to share. Hot dogs provided. The retreat starts Monday, September 19, 20 and 21 of 2022.
  2. Where will the retreat be held? Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake, Okoboji, Iowa.
  3. What are the closest airports? Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Omaha, Nebraska. Des Moines, Iowa.
  4. What is the cost? Registration after April 1, 2022 it is $695.
  5. Are meals included? Lunch is provided on Monday and Tuesday. There will be optional dinners on Monday and Tuesday night for an additional fee.
  6. Are scholarships available? Yes. Working Journalist Partial Scholarship OR Otto Knauth Scholarship for Environmental/Climate writers.
  7. Is housing available? We have made arrangements with The Arrowwood Conference Center for the attractive nightly rate of $79. Tell them you are with the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat for the discounted rate. Also, if you want a lake view: Fillenwarth Beach Resort prices are higher and vary, but it is located on West Lake Okoboji in the heart of Arnold’s Park. They provide boat rides, and an in-room refrigerator. Some rooms will be available in Crescent Beach Resort. It is closest to Lakeside Labs, where the retreat will be held and directly on the lake.
  8. What if I’m not sure I can attend, but want to reserve a place? Your enrollment fee is refundable (minus $10 processing fee) until September 1, 2022.
  9. Is this primarily for professional writers? No! The goal is to encourage attendees to learn and get started. Almost everyone is a writer. Some are paid, most are not.
  10. Is there something for professional writers? Yes. We will have distinguished and award winning editors, authors, a literary agent and columnists who will share their Best Practices.
  11. It is required that all attendees be vaccinated against Covid 19 and willing to wear a mask indoors of the situation warrants the precaution.
  12. Where do I sign up? ENROLL NOW!