2013 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Workshop Faculty include Samuel R. Delany, Malinda Lo, David Groff, and Sarah Schulman.

Applications Now Open Through April 1, 2013


The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to announce details for the 2013 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier queer writers residency. The Retreat will be held July 28 – August 4, 2013 on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles.

Faculty members include Samuel R. Delany teaching the Fiction workshop, Sarah Schulman teaching the Nonfiction workshop, David Groff teaching the Poetry workshop, and Malinda Lo teaching both Genre Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. See faculty bios below.

“The emerging writers who attend LLF’s Retreat represent the future of LGBT literature,” said LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “We are incredibly fortunate to be working with an extraordinary group of faculty once again who will challenge and mentor these up-and-coming authors to the next step of their professional careers.”

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 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. The Writers Retreat is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution by Amazon.com.




Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel Delany’s stories are available in Aye and Gomorrah and other stories and Atlantis: Three Tales. His novels include NovaDhalgrenHogg,The Mad Man, the Stonewall Award-winning Dark Reflections, and-most recently-Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. His nonfiction collections includeSilent Interviews, Longer ViewsShorter Views, andTimes Square Red/Times Square Blue.  His award-winning autobiography is The Motion of Light in Water. A judge for the 2010 National Book Awards, he was the subject of a 2007 documentary, The Polymath.He is the author of About Writing and his interview in the Paris Review‘s “Art of Fiction” series appeared in the spring 2012He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Temple University.


Malinda Lo - photo by Patty Nason

Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo is the author of Adaptation, a YA sci-fi thriller; the sequel will be published in fall 2013. Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her second novel, Huntress, a companion novel to Ash, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.


Sarah Schulman is the author of the novels: The Mere FutureThe ChildShimmerEmpathyRat BohemiaPeople In TroubleAfter DeloresGirls Visions and EverythingThe Sophie Horowitz Story and the nonfiction books My American History:Lesbian and Gay Life During The Reagan/Bush YearsStagestruck: TheaterAIDS and the Marketing of Gay AmericaTies That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its ConsequencesThe Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost ImaginationIsrael/Palestine and the Queer International, the plays: Carson McCullersManic Flight Reaction and the stage adaptation of IB Singer’s Enemies, a Love Story, and the films The Owls and Mommy is Coming. She is co-producer of UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. Her awards include: Guggenheim (Playwriting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies), 3 NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Playwriting and Fiction), 2 American Library Association Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction), the Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.

She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman

and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University and the Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Sarah organized the first US tour of Queer Palestinian Leaders and the first US LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project and MIX: NY Queer Experimental Film and Video Festival, now in its 25th year.


David Groff

David Groff

David Groff’s new book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award and is being published this year by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. With Philip Clark he is co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson)and with Jim Elledge he co-edited Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, just published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry ReviewBarrow StreetChicago ReviewCourt GreenGeorgia ReviewInkwellThe Iowa Review,MargieMead, Phat’itudePoetry, and other magazines. He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres Retreat. David received an A.B. from Princeton and an M.F.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa. An independent book editor and literary scout-and with Jameson Fitzpatrick an editor of the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight-he has taught at NYU and Rutgers University and with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Since 2007 he has taught in the M.F.A. Graduate Creative Writing Program at the City College of New York.

Guest faculty will be announced at a future date.


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3 Responses to “2013 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices”

  1. 14 January 2013 at 8:34 PM #

    I’ve just published an LGBT-themed book called OUT. I’d love it if you can check it out. I’m a GSA advisor at West Hills HIgh in San Diego, CA.

  2. 7 April 2013 at 12:43 PM #

    I am an author, publisher and have run Global Freelance Writer for about 14 years. Today while posting facebook fanpage resources for writers, which I usually do every few days,I received a scathing personal message suggesting I was “evil” and “promoting” the LGBT agenda. Had to check the calendar to make sure it was 2013. Ha Ha. I shared a public response on the facebook page. I would like to extend a personal invitation for anyone with LGBT literary news/announcements/contests/author info, etc to please feel free to contact me with information for publication inclusion on the fanpage and website. I am changing our website over to a free format but will have it up soon and will include a calendar of events.

  3. […] with you! This coming August 2013, I’ll be teaching the Genre and YA Fiction workshop at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. What is this? Here are some details from the press […]

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