Gerard and Janie, Go and Write! Ireland 2017 retreat. Photo credit: Amy Cameron.

Go and Write! with Dr. Gerard Collins and Jane Simpson

Award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins, who now lives in New Brunswick, and Jane (Janie) Simpson, also a New Brunswicker, offer creative writing retreats for those who find inspiration in travel. On these retreats, Gerard focuses on your writing, with multiple workshops, feedback on your work, and one-on-one discussions about your writing. Janie is involved with planning and running things behind the scenes, both before and during the retreats.

Together, we work to give you fabulous accommodations, time and space to write, and opportunities to experience local culture, everywhere we go.


Dr. Gerard Collins 
Writing mentor and workshop leader

Gerard Collins is the award-winning author of The Hush Sisters, published by  Breakwater Books Ltd. and winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the suspense category, and finalist in the paranormal category. A Newfoundland author now living in New Brunswick, Gerard’s first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. In 2019, he turned the Finton Moon experience into a multi-media art exhibition, The Book that Wrote Itself. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award.

Gerard has won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.

A lecturer at Memorial University for two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He is an experienced leader of writing retreats and workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Gerard has been a featured workshop leader with the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick,  Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, the prestigious Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland, and Lily Daly Assembly in New York. He has delivered multiple workshops to high school students, and in 2017, Gerard was invited to deliver a lecture to Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK, as well as a public reading at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. Most recently, Gerard was invited to teach a Masterclass in creative writing by the Northrup Frye Festival.

Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring writers who show great promise, and all three of his books have been placed in libraries around the world.

Jane Simpson
Administrator and tour coordinator

Jane SimpsonGo and Write! administrator and “boots on the ground” tour coordinator, is a writer and an executive and artistic director of an arts and culture centre. She lives in southern New Brunswick where she writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Jane, or Janie as she’s known to most, has been shortlisted for Arc Poetry’s Poem of the Year and is a Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) short fiction and poetry prize winner. In 2020, she was invited to serve as a director on the WFNB Board and she is pleased to  be volunteering with the Federation in this capacity.

Janie’s short story, “The Smoke Shed”, was published in Grain Magazine in spring 2021, and her short story “The Bedclothes Baby” was published in Riddle Fence issue #38 in 2020 and has been translated by Sonya Malaborza for inclusion in a French language anthology of Canadian short stories. Janie’s current project, The Watering of the Girls, is a novel set on White Head Island, New Brunswick, where she spent much of her childhood.

Go and Write! in Ireland was a magnificent experience. Not only was the tour inspiring, but Gerard’s leadership – subtle and constant – regarding our writing was so valuable.

Amy C.​