One of the most important initiatives the Lambda Literary Foundation undertakes is to support our up-and-coming writers. In the long run, maybe it’s our most important job. We do so through the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices – this year in Los A.ngeles July 28-August 4. After 7 years of existence, our Retreat has earned a sterling reputation, and for good reason.

Emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers need professional instruction and mentoring. They need a community of supportive peers committed to sharing the LGBT experience in a publishing environment that doesn’t always feel welcoming of our stories. They need to learn the basics, including writing query letters, using social media, finding an agent, and understanding trends in a publishing industry still in transformation. They need all of these tools and more.


Lambda’s Writers Retreat provides participants with all of this. The Retreat is the only residency in the world specifically for promising LGBT writers, like those in our 2013 class. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines rigorous instruction from teachers who are also leading writers, and a veritable fellowship of peer support. This year’s superb faculty includes Samuel Delany who will teach the Fiction workshop; Malinda Lo, Young Adult Fiction & Genre Fiction; Sarah Schulman, Nonfiction; and David Groff, Poetry.

The sad truth is, many who want to come to the Retreat just can’t afford it. By offering generous scholarships, we make sure that all the very best aspiring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers can attend.

We need your support to help bring these talented writers to Los Angeles. Please help us raise $20,000 by August 1 to go directly toward the Retreat Scholarship Fund. Your tax-deductible contribution is critical to the program’s continuing success.

So what, exactly, happens at LLF’s Retreat? The Retreat gathers LGBT writers from every walk of life for one rigorous, immersive week.   Students arrive with manuscripts in hand, a novel or short story collection, a book of poetry or a memoir, a mystery or young adult novel that will soon extend the fabric of our literature. At the residency they polish their craft. They work on plot, develop more convincing characters and explore their own distinctive voices. Teaching is personalized. They gain a better understanding of what works and what might need re-working. Besides one-on-one instruction, students forge connections to publishing industry professionals, and most importantly, build a community of peers on whom they’ll depend for years of encouragement, inspiration and friendship.

A gift to the scholarship fund will give these talented LGBT writer a real chance for professional growth and personal achievement. Our Lambda Fellows go on to achieve an impressive record of publication and community involvement. They are both prolific artists and ambassadors of the literary arts.

Your generous donation to the Retreat Scholarship Fund will give these shining artists an unparalleled opportunity in their careers, and empower them as agents of social change. You can make a direct, meaningful difference in the life of a writer by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Retreat Scholarship Fund today. Please give whatever you can afford – $50, $100, $500 – every dollar of which will go directly to help our community’s most promising writers.




The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution by 

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