Sixth Annual HIWW

                   September 1-8, 2018

                   wtih Ann Voskamp

                 & Leslie Leyland Fields

For an application, email Leslie at

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Ann Voskamp is wife of one good farmer, the home-educating mama to a seven exuberant kids, and author of the four New York Times Bestsellers,  The Broken Way, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping The Greatest Gift, and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller which has sold more than one million copies, the royalties of which the Voskamp family has given all away, the joy always in giving the gift back. 
Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, and a partner with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children, Ann's a regular loser of library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon, and believes that the sky and fresh mercy over the farm is large and all is grace. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty:



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Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award winning author/editor of ten books, including Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food  won three "Best Book of 2010" Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her essays have appeared in Christianity Today, Books and Culture,, The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays  and many others earning her four Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award. With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively.  Leslie was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program where she taught creative nonfiction for six years. She taught Literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years. The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, as well as other writing workshops she leads enable her to keep mentoring other writers---her favorite activity!  She is on the Editorial Board of Christianity Today; a national and international speaker addressing topics of faith, art and culture at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches throughout the U.S.  and the world. A number of her students and workshoppers have gone on to publish their manuscripts, (which makes her incredibly proud!)


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Fifth annual

    Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop

September 2 - 9, 2017

              Guest Writer Philip Yancey


               Philip Yancey is an American Christian author. Eighteen million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, making him one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors. Philip speaks around the world on matters of Faith and culture. Two of his books have won the ECPA's Christian Book of the Year Award: The Jesus I Never Knew in 1996, and What's So Amazing About Grace? in 1998. He is published by Zondervan Publishing and Hachette.

More info on Philip and his books here. 


A glimpse of the 2017 HIWW

An interview with Luci Shaw, guest writer for HIWW 2016

Interviewing Luci Shaw, 2016

Here's a glimpse of the 2015 Workshop. 



        Calling all Adventurous Writers!

Harvester Island is a stunningly beautiful island off the west coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska offering refuge and adventure, contemplation and activity, solitude and community.  It's wild, remote (population: no one but us) and a remarkable place to grow your writing. Leslie knows:  she has written most of her books here over the last 40 years as she's lived and worked with her family in commercial fishing.  

Previous guest writers have included multi-award winning authors Philip Yancey Luci Shaw, Jeanne Murray Walker, Scot McKnight, Bret Lott, Paul Willis, and Gina Ochsner.



Afternoons will feature optional activities: whale watching, wildlife viewing, mountain and beach hiking. Each evening we will enjoy fresh seafood dinners, (with alternative meats for non-seafood lovers)  followed by readings and special events, both literary and Alaskan.    

"The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop was so much more than a workshop; it was an adventure. Through words, through nature, through conversations. It refreshed my soul and creativity in a way I had not expected. If you're thinking about attending, stop thinking about it, and just go."
                                                                              ------Andrea Lucado

"Meals were bountiful!  Love the local flavors, the special treat of salmon, caribou and crab. . . . Gina was very sweet in giving me special (writing) stuff that she wanted me to have.  I was amazed at the breadth of knowledge both Leslie and Gina had."-------David Cecil

"Leslie's Harvester Island Workshop offers something so unique, soul-enriching,  body-stretching, beautiful and rewarding. Don't miss it!"

                                                                     -----Luci Shaw

"Still basking in Harvester afterglow. What a grace. Jill and I hope to return. The destination is worth the price."    

                             -------Brian Volck, author of Attending Others


"It is by far one of the prettiest places on God's green earth. Thanks to Leslie and Duncan for sharing their home, their island, their family and their life with us."----Karen Winkler

"The workshop was a grand success! What a hospitable, magical place! Leslie opened her life and home to us in an astounding way. I cannot imagine a better place for productive work."       ------Joni Powers, author of Lifespace


"Thanks, Leslie, for well-planned, fun, informative workshops. Your warm hospitality,interesting guests, tasty food, skiff rides, hikes, outhouse and banya all made for a great Alaskan experience."    ---Dan Cecil

"Thank you for such an impressionable, calming, spiritual, exciting experience. Your two islands were great places to sleep, reflect, grow and be me."------ Rita Fleet


"It is by far one of the prettiest places on God's green earth. Thanks to Leslie and Duncan for sharing their home, their island, their family and their life with us."----Karen Winkler

"I cannot thank you enough for our week on Harvester .. really opened my eyes to how the Kingdom should look on earth---arms and heart open wide." ---Carey Christian


Alaska, American, Delta all fly into Anchorage. From Anchorage, Alaska Airlines and Ravn fly into Kodiak. Leslie will meet you in Kodiak. From there we’ll take a bush plane across the spectacular wilderness of Kodiak Island to the village of Larsen Bay (approximate cost $280 R/T) where we’ll take a skiff or barge 30 minutes to Harvester Island. 


New, clean, comfortable heated rooms, most with mountain and ocean views, double occupancy for all but the dockhouse, a cabin that sits literally over the ocean, which sleeps 4.  Do Please remember, though, this IS a wilderness island!  We use an OUTHOUSE and BANYA.  The banya is a Russian style wood-fired steambath in a separate building. Banya-bathing is available most every night. And both outhouses are clean and new, offering the best outhouse experience you've ever had---I promise! Still, if cleanliness is next to godliness for you, this may not be your workshop! 


The wilderness can’t be scripted! The weather can be wild and dramatic, preventing air or water travel at any time. If your schedule is sacred, and missing a flight due to weather is devastating, this is not your workshop!  An attitude of cheerful flexibility is the first necessary attribute to making the week spectacular, through sun, rain and storm.   


We’re in a remote area far from medical facilities, and some activities may be rigorous. Because of this, all applicants must be physically fit and in excellent health. 


The cost for 7 nights, 8 days is $2,600 (excluding airfare) including room, board, workshops, wildlife viewing and tours. (Note: the average cost of wilderness lodges in Alaska is $800 -$1200/night) 

Once you have applied (email for an application) and been accepted, a non-refundable deposit of 1/3 of the total cost is required to hold your spot.

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Nothing is as exciting as the group workshop, but those dates don't work for everyone. It's possible to come on your own, or with a friend/s or spouse for a private retreat, with all the same amenities between June 10 and August 15.

*A lovely private studio over the ocean, with a full kitchen, internet, bird's eye view of a pair of land otters who lump past every afternoon at about 3 pm, a sea otter who paddles back and forth about every hour, whales visible most of the time, with yourself as the sole resident.  

The Studio, all yours! And--all new! Modern kitchen, comfortable living/dining room and bedroom.

*Food and meals provided. Fresh seafood, wholesome homemade meals! You are welcome to eat as few or as many meals with us and our family/crew---or you may choose to eat alone in your studio. You're also welcome to join me in meal preparation or any of the other food work I am doing (making smoked salmon, jams and jellies, etc.)

*One-on-One professional guidance/feedback with me, discussing your work, as you choose. Up to 2 hours a day. You may simply want space and time to work, but if you desire any kind of feedback or guidance, I'm there.

*Adventure: walking, ocean trips in the skiff, beach combing. Your choice on activity and adventure vs. writing time.

*Getting there: You would fly into Larsen Bay on the mail plane (R/T $280). I would pick you up in the skiff at Larsen Bay for a 25 minute skiff ride to the island. Or you could fly straight to the island on a float plane (at about double the cost). 

*Cost: For one person: $500/day, with a minimum of 4 days, maximum of 10, (or as the retreat schedule permits.)

           *For two: $750/day

           *For three: $1000/day


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