Applications are open until February 1, 2019. The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices offers intensive and sophisticated instruction to selected writers over a carefully designed one-week period. The Retreat provides writers access to industry professionals and the opportunity to advance in their craft and careers. It is one of Lambda's most dynamic initiatives: it represents the future of LGBTQ literature. Applicants of the Retreat submit prose, poetry or theatrical manuscript pages 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, attending guest lectures led by publishing industry professionals, and participating in public readings in venues around Los Angeles. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and scholarships are available. Lambda Writers Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works. The 2019 Retreat instructors are below.
Tim Murphy (Fiction)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Young Adult Fiction)
Danez Smith (Poetry)
Mfoniso Udofia (Playwriting)
Linda Villarosa (Nonfiction)
More information about the 2019 retreat instructors: lambdaliterary.org/2019-writers-retreat-for-emerging-lgbtq-voices-faculty/