Dear Friends,
When the attendees and Faculty arrived the first evening, they all got together to introduce themselves to the large group. Each answered the question “Why am I here?”  I jotted down some notes as they spoke.

“To find community.”
“This is a time/space to write.”
“So that I don’t have to explain myself”
“This is queer time”
“To get feedback”
“For gay writers’ camp!”
“Because writers have something to say”
“To work on craft”
“Because I love to teach”
“Queer writers have to be so much better than everyone else.”
“Writing is lonely.  This is not!”
“To finish my book!”
“Because writing is a rush.”
“To reaffirm the power of LGBT literature.”

Come back for more updates, photos and video in the coming days and weeks!

Tony Valenzuela
Executive Director

Traci Castleberry, Valerie Wetlaufer, and Clarice Gillis

Students at the dining hall

Julie Weber

Ilse Bendorf and Miriam Perez

Griselda Suarez

Eric Nguyen

Dario Dalla Lasta and Sarah Burghauser

Christopher Soden and Steve Tagle

  • Growing Old With Grace

3 Responses to “First dispatch from 2010 Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices”

  1. Brent 10 August 2010 at 2:24 PM #

    I love Julie Weber’s hat. Just sayin’.

  2. Kate 15 August 2010 at 12:13 AM #

    What a fantastic program!

  3. Tony Valenzuela 16 August 2010 at 3:05 PM #

    We had the most amazing week! Look for more stories, photos and video in weeks to come!

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