Continues its support for next generation of LGBT literary stars

Lambda Literary Foundation, the country’s leading national nonprofit organization for the LGBT literary community, is pleased to announce that it has received renewal of a grant of $25,000 from Amazon.com, a continuation of Amazon’s support for the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. This year’s retreat will be held August 6th through August 13th, 2011, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

Established in 2007 as the newest program of LLF, the Writers’ Retreat is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction or poetry taught by some of the LGBT community’s most talented and celebrated authors and instructors. Students of the Writers’ Retreat spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending workshops conducted by publishing industry professionals. Writers’ Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.

“This continuation of Amazon’s generous support of Lambda Literary reflects its ongoing commitment to the development of emerging voices in the LGBT community,” said Tony Valenzuela, LLF’s Executive Director. “The mission of the Writers’ Retreat is to foster the continued vitality of LGBT writers whose work fully explores the LGBT experience, and we are grateful to Amazon.com for helping to ensure the success of our efforts.”

“We share LLF’s commitment to nurturing new voices,” said Jon Fine, director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com. “The Writers’ Retreat provides invaluable creative, professional and spiritual support for writers in the LGBT community. We look forward to great new works from these emerging voices.”

Amazon.com’s $25,000 grant is a significant contribution to the mission of Lambda Literary Foundation and one of its most important programs. The grant will permit LLF to expand its outreach and enable emerging writers with talent and promise to participate through scholarship funds.

The Writers’ Retreat provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. This year’s main faculty:
Carla Trujillo, Fiction. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the classic Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About; distinguished author of works including the celebrated, multi-award-winning novel, What Night Brings.

Claire McNab, Genre Fiction. Internationally published author of many books including three bestselling mystery series. Senior instructor for advanced novel writing courses, UCLA; winner of Outstanding Teacher in the Writers’ Program Award and UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award.

Ellery Washington, nonfiction. Winner of the PEN Center West – Rosenthal Emerging Voices Award; IBWA prize for short fiction; teacher of fiction and creative nonfiction in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt University, in Brooklyn, NY.

Eloise Klein Healy, Poetry. Celebrated author of six volumes of poetry. Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles; Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita.

Equally distinguished guest faculty, whose names will be announced at a further date, will also present workshops and lectures.

Lambda Literary Foundation is one of a diverse range of not-for-profit organizations receiving support from Amazon.com for programs dedicated to developing new writers and creating and publishing new works. Other recipients include The Kenyon Review, One Story, Writegirl, Narrative Magazine, Copper Canyon, The Loft Literary Center, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Pen American Center, the New York Writers Coalition, National Novel Writing Month, Poets & Writers, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the Asian American Writers Workshop. All of these organizations share Amazon.com’s dedication to fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of new writing and new authors.

Applications and scholarship requests for the Writers’ Retreat are currently closed for 2011. For additional information, visit LLF’s website at www.LambdaLiterary.org.



  • Lou Kief

3 Responses to “Amazon.com Renews $25,000 Grant to Lambda Literary’s Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices”

  1. […] renews $25,000 grant to Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT […]


  2. […] Lambda Literary reports: Established in 2007 as the newest program of LLF, the Writers’ Retreat is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction or poetry taught by some of the LGBT community’s most talented and celebrated authors and instructors. Students of the Writers’ Retreat spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending workshops conducted by publishing industry professionals. Writers’ Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works. […]


  3. Keppler 13 May 2011 at 11:26 PM #

    I’m happy to hear about Amazon’s support of the Lambda retreat. I wasn’t aware of their generosity before this article. As a consumer, I try to patronize businesses that are supportive of the LGBT community. It’s therefore good to know that Amazon is among those businesses.



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