Cost for Kindling Words East 2023

Kindling Words is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  We are careful to keep the costs low to just balance our expenses.  

This year, the overall cost to attend KWE is similar to past years, but the structure is different, so we are detailing the breakdown here.  The cost for the four-day retreat includes: 

  • $275 tuition for KWE 2023, to cover our speaker & staffing costs 
  • $428 Southbridge retreat fee, which covers all meals Thursday evening through Sunday lunch, as well as all conference and meeting room rentals, taxes and gratuity.  In past years, this amount was added to the hotel room rate, making the individual rooms seem much more expensive.

The above tuition and retreat fee (total of $703) will be paid to KWE upon registration (scholarships & payment plans available upon request). These will be refundable up through December 1, 2022. 

  • $333 hotel room for three nights (the nightly hotel rate for a single occupancy room of $111/night, including all taxes).  If you would like to split the cost with a roommate, you may arrange a double room.  
      • The hotel will charge one night’s fee upon reservation (refundable through January 1, 2023), and you will pay the remainder directly to the hotel upon arriving.

The total cost if you share a room is $870.
If you have a single, the cost is $1036. 


If you are hard-pressed to come, we offer scholarships to cover the $275 tuition fee, and we offer payment plans for the remainder – please contact us at for more information.  

If you are having an abundant year, we welcome gifts to the scholarship fund.  A gift to the fund is a gift to the entire Children’s Literature community. 

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