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Delaware Writers Retreat


Every two years, the Delaware Division of the Arts organizes and hosts a mini Writers Retreat. Spend four days writing at the beach in the company of fellow writers at the Indian River Marina.

2018 Delaware Writers’ Retreat

Spend four days writing at the beach in the company of fellow writers at the Indian River Marina. The nearby beaches at Delaware Seashore State Park or the surrounding coastal wetlands will lend tranquility and intimacy to your writing retreat. In addition to blocks of uninterrupted writing time, there are workshops led by experts and no meals to cook!

Workshops leaders are Sandra Beasley, award-winning author of four books of poetry and nonfiction, and Leslie Pietrzyk, novelist and prize-winning short story writer. The workshops are designed for participants to enhance existing work, generate new work, explore craft, and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

Workshop Leaders

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. In fall 2018, the University of Georgia Press will publish her anthology Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergy. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Oxford American. Honors for Beasley’s work include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; three DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and residency stays including the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Jentel Artist Residency, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.


Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of Silver Girl, released in February by Unnamed Press, and called “profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing” in a Publishers Weekly starred review. Her collection of unconventionally linked short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her previous novels are Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. Short fiction and essays have appeared/are forthcoming in Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Iowa Review, The Collagist, and Cincinnati Review. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. www.lesliepietrzyk.com @lesliepwriter

Eligibility

The Division of the Arts is pleased to support this low-cost multi-day retreat for Delaware writers. The application process is competitive, and participants will be chosen based on the merit of their writing submissions. Work samples will be juried in an anonymous review process to select up to 22 attendees from the pool of applicants split between poetry and prose.

Writers at all levels of experience are invited to apply. While newcomers will be given special consideration, previous attendees of the Division’s Writers Retreats are welcome to apply. A needs-based partial scholarship for new attendees may be available upon acceptance into the Retreat.

Applicants must be Delaware residents for at least one year, over the age of 18, and not enrolled in a degree or certificate granting educational program.

Please note, applicants must select between poetry and prose and submit only one application.

Accommodations

Participants will share accommodations in 11 cottages (two writers per cottage) in the Cottages at the Indian River Marina. Each cottage has heat and air conditioning along with 2 private bedrooms (one with a queen bed and one with twin beds), a shared bathroom, a kitchen, and a furnished screened porch. The cottages are not equipped with internet, WiFi, or phones. Attendees will need to bring linens, towels, and paper products.

The 2018 Writers’ Retreat application is now closed.

Schedule for application, notification and payment:

Wednesday, June 20Applications due
Mid-AugustAll artists are notified
Thursday, September 20Payment of $325 due to Division of the Arts along with a copy of your Delaware driver’s license or identification card

Important Dates

All Artists Notified: Mid-August

Payment Due: Thursday, September 20

Retreat Dates: November 1-4, 2018

 

Artist Resources

Grants for Artists

Delaware Artist Roster

Addt’l Resources

 

Cottage at Indian River Marina

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Previous Writers’ Retreats

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Twenty-two writers from around the state attended the Division’s 2016 Delaware Seashore Poets and Prose Writers Retreat from November 3-6, 2016, at the Cottages at Indian River Marina, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. One attendee summarized the experience, “Amazing weekend of focusing on writing and interacting with other writers. Did wonders for my confidence in my writing skills.” Workshops were led by novelist, H. G. Carrillo and poet, Diana Goetsch.

Twenty-one writers from around the state attended the Division’s 2014 Cape Henlopen Poetry and Prose Writers Retreat from October 16-19, 2014, at the Virden Conference Center, Lewes, Delaware. Workshops were led by former Delaware Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit and Alice Elliott Dark, a short story author and novelist.

Sixteen writers from around the state attended the Division’s 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen from September 27-30, 2012 at the Biden Center, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Delaware. Workshops were led by former Delaware Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit and Frank Giampietro; and Tama Baldwin, creative nonfiction.

Fifteen writers from around the state attended the Division’s 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen from October 21-24, 2010 at the Biden Center, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Delaware. Workshops were led by former Delaware Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit and Alice Elliott Dark, a short story author and novelist.

 


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