Madeline Island School of the Arts - Writing Retreats on a Lake Superior Island

LaPointe, Wisconsin, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:$600-$1100 for a 5-day retreat; lodging and meals are separate
Email us about our scholarships and one week fellowships through The Loft Literary Center

CONTACT: Heather Atherton, Director of Student Services & Registrar
PHONE: 715-747-2054

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is a premier art and craft school located on a uniquely restored Wisconsin dairy farm surrounded by Lake Superior and the other twenty-one Apostle Islands.

Leave the mainland on the car ferry and disembark into Island Time. On the Island, you’ll find great people, a fantastic setting, and transformative writing. Five-day writing workshops and other complimentary genres like painting, photography and quilting are offered May through October.

The workshops are held in light filled studios with panoramic meadow views. The class sizes are small, and designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students--in many cases welcoming all three.

MISA’s modern on-site lodging is adjacent to an apple orchard and the nearby workshop studios. All facilities are climate controlled and there is Wi-fi in every building.

You can register online for your workshop, lodging and nutritious meals.


Featured Writers Include:

Natalie Goldberg, Alexandra Franzen, Jacqui Banaszynski, Katherine Lanpher, Brenda Hudson, Kate Hopper, Mary Carroll Moore, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Catherine Watson, Jane O’Reilly & Elizabeth Haukaas. Teacher biographies can be found at


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature


978 Middle Road
P.O. Box 536
Wisconsin, United States

Madeline Island School of the Arts

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is recognized for its world renowned instructors. Classes are held on Madeline Island from June – October in spacious studios with superior on-site accommodations and a full-time staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience.

MISA's main campus is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, in northern Wisconsin. Winter workshops are held at the two MISA West locations: Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.