September 16, 2014

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

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


The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is the first program of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction or poetry. An unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community, LLF’s Writers Retreat is open to emerging LGBT writers of any age.

To insure the quality of the Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat, applicants will be screened. Space is limited to approximately 9-12 students per workshop. Some publication history is desirable but not required. Ability to pay fees will in no way be part of the selection process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2014 FACULTY (Bios click here)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe – Fiction workshop
Randall Kenan - Nonfiction workshop
Elizabeth Sims - Genre Fiction (emphasis on mysteries and thrillers)
Eduardo C. Corral – Poetry workshop

Past 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, Samual Delany, Sarah Schulman, Malinda Lo, David Groff and John Rechy, among others.

TUITION ($850): Covers workshops with faculty, all readings, lectures, and presentations by guest faculty.

ROOM & BOARD ($900): Housing and meals begin with dinner on Sunday, August 3, and conclude after breakfast on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Prices include three meals per day. We will make every effort to accommodate any dietary restrictions. Standard rooms are double occupancy, air-conditioned with private bath.

PRIVATE ROOM ($300): Single rooms are available on a limited basis and at an additional expense of $300. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for single rooms.

LOCATION: Founded in 1947, the American Jewish University (AJU) offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the only independent rabbinical school west of the Mississippi. The Writers Retreat will take place in AJU’s state-of-the-art conference center and dormitories. The American Jewish University is a smoke-free environment. Wireless Internet is available throughout dormitories. Complete housing details will be provided upon acceptance.

TRANSPORTATION: You will be expected to provide your own transportation to Los Angeles and to the AJU campus. LLF will help facilitate ride-shares for those who arrive at the Los Angeles International airport (LAX) on Sunday, August 3 and leave on Sunday, August 10, 2014. If you drive, parking is available at no additional cost.

HOW TO APPLY: Follow the instructions on our 2014 Writers Retreat Application.


April 1
All applications must be postmarked by or before April 1, 2014.

May 15
Acceptances will be emailed on or before this date. Scholarship recipients are notified.
Acceptance package includes full details on housing, transportation, and schedule.

June 2
A nonrefundable deposit of $350 is due to reserve your spot in the Writers Retreat.

July 21
Final payment due.

August 3
Travel day: Writers Retreat begins.

August 10
Travel day: Writers Retreat ends.

If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Sawyer, Program Coordinator, at