Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 12- 26, 2017, and is open exclusively to women of color. National Book Award finalist, Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, is joining us as our Writer-in-Residence for week one, and Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and NEA award winner, Angel Nafis, author of BlackGirl Mansion, will join us as Writer-in-Residence for week two.

As part of the retreat experience, Jack Jones is featuring daily one hour Skype master classes with agents, editors and acclaimed women in publishing to promote networking, learning and engagement. These sessions are totally optional for retreat participants.

The retreat rate is $1050.00 for the two weeks and includes individual writing suites with private bedroom, communal baths, writing area, library, computer center, wifi, air conditioning, and all meals are provided.

Professional and emerging women writers of color at work on book projects are eligible for residencies. Women with and without MFAs are eligible, but students who are currently enrolled in a degree program are ineligible for a residency. Unfortunately, the SMU-in-Taos grounds do not support wheelchairs or walkers. We are making every effort to secure a location for 2018 that is both cost-effective and accessible.

To apply to the Jack Jones Literary Arts writing retreat, please fill out our online application. The application includes a project proposal, a reference and the writing sample. The  non-refundable application processing fee is $25 and can be paid by debit or credit card. If you have any questions concerning the residency, please consult our FAQs. If you can’t find your answer there, email us at jack@jackjonesliteraryarts.com.

We are pleased to offer eleven fully-funded scholarship opportunities, travel stipends and admissions fee reimbursements. Supporting documentation will need to be submitted at the time of application. Please read the eligibility guidelines carefully. Application deadline is May 5, 2017. Acceptance notifications are mailed out on June 15, 2017.

Arrival at the retreat is Thursday, October 12, 2017 and departure is Thursday October 26, 2017.

The application process is highly competitive; please submit your strongest work.

Click here to apply.


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