September 22, 2014

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 as the newest program of Lambda Literary Foundation and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. Faculty have included Dorothy Allison, Jewelle Gomez, Alex Sanchez, Claire Carmichael, Nicola Griffith, Ellen Bass, Bernard Cooper, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Cris Beam, Ellery Washington, Carla Trujillo, Eloise Klein Healy, Fenton Johnson, Michael Nava, D.A. Powell, and John Rechy, among others.

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Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Applications for the 2015 summer residency will open in October.  Check back with us soon!

Previous Writers Retreats

2014: Faculty | Fellows Videos of Readings

2013: Faculty | Fellows Videos of Readings
2012: Faculty | Fellows | Videos of Readings
2011: Faculty | Fellows | Videos of Readings
2010: Fellows | Videos of Readings

Applicants of the retreat submit twenty pages of fiction/nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry that are evaluated for craft, creativity and originality.  Eight to twelve students per workshop (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre) are accepted into the competitive program where they spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending lectures by publishing industry professionals. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and scholarships are available. The LLF Writers’ Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.

Here’s Justin Torres (2007) talking about his experience at the Retreat: