The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices Announces 2014  Workshop Faculty
Significant Program Expansion of the Popular Residency Also Announced

Applications Open Through April 1, 2014

The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to announce details for the 2014 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writers residency. The Retreat will be held August 3-10, 2014 on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles.

Faculty include Lucy Jane Bledsoe teaching the Fiction workshop, Randall Kenan teaching the Nonfiction workshop, Eduardo C. Corral teaching the Poetry workshop, and Elizabeth Sims teaching Genre Fiction (emphasis on mysteries and thrillers). See faculty bios below.

Lambda Fellows Invited to Return  

LLF’s Writers Retreat is expanding the week-long residency by inviting Lambda Fellows (graduates of previous Retreats) to return to the program without requiring enrollment in one of the four workshops. Over 240 LGBTQ writers have graduated from Lambda’s Retreat since it began in 2007.  These Fellows will be allowed to return with discounted tuition and use the week to write, to participate in the guest lecture series and social activities, as well as have the opportunity to form peer led workshops if they desire. Lambda Fellows will continue to have the option of reserving a space in a faculty-led workshop.

“Inviting Lambda Fellows to return to the Retreat without enrolling in a workshop is a major development of the program,” said LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “The faculty-led workshops in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction and poetry are already popular and very competitive among emerging writers. Now, Retreat graduates will be able to return with discounted tuition to be among their community of LGBTQ writers with more publications under their belt, more real-world publishing experience and with an opportunity for seven days of uninterrupted time in a peaceful setting to write, write and write.”

New Scholarship for Fellows Anthology Editorship 

This year LLF is launching an annual e-book anthology of writing by participants of the Emerging Writers Retreat to be published in December of each year and made available on LLF is offering a full scholarship including tuition, room & board (not travel) to applicants interested in the position of Editor of the anthology. Only one Editor will be chosen. Duties will include creating a publication timeline, collecting submissions from workshop participants (48 max), editing and asking for rewrites, collecting bios, writing an introduction and bibliography, and creating an edited, final, error free copy. The Editor does not need experience with the technical aspects of building an e-book.  For more information, download the Retreat application.

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 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.

Applicants of the Retreat submit twenty pages of fiction/nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry that are evaluated for craft, creativity and originality.  Twelve students per workshop  are accepted into the competitive program where they spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending guest lectures led 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.




Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels, the most recent of which is The Big Bang Symphony. Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Five of her books have been Lammy finalists. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese. She’s traveled to both Cuba and Antarctica as a visiting writer.


Photo credit: Matt Valentine

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work has been honored with a “Discovery“/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in New York City.


Randall Kenan is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of non-fiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He edited and wrote the introduction for The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the North Carolina Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize. He is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.


(Emphasis on Mysteries and Thrillers)

Elizabeth Sims is the author of short stories and novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin’s Minotaur) and the Lambda award-winning Lillian Byrd crime novels (Alyson Books). A Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, and a popular instructor at workshops and conferences across the country, Elizabeth has helped thousands of fledgling writers find their wings. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (released by Writer’s Digest Books in 2013), became a bestseller at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Writing is easy,” says Elizabeth, “if you get the hell out of your own way and unleash your natural talent.”

Elizabeth earned degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for graduate fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

Guest lecture series will be announced at a future date.



The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, LGBT Writers in Schools, and our web magazine at For more information call (323) 643-4281 or e-mail

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