Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

General Info

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQIA+ writers—a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry, and young adult fiction, as well as the most recent addition: screenwriting. The Writer's Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity for LGBTQIA+ writers to be mentored by the very best literary artists in our community, develop craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals, and build a strong community of peers.

The 2022 Writer's Retreat will be held virtually (not in-person).

Application Details

Applications to attend the 2022 Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices opened on November 29, 2021 and close at 5:00 pm ET on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. You may apply to more than one workshop, however, each application must be submitted separately and requires an additional fee. The application fee for each application is $25.00.

Retreat Dates and Location

The 2022 Writer's Retreat will be held from July 31-August 6, 2022 virtually.

Tuition & Scholarships

Writer's Retreat tuition is $950. Lambda Literary has a host of full and partial scholarships that are available for accepted applicants. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process.

The $25.00 application fee is processed through Submittable's online portal. If you wish to pay by cash or check please contact Molly Thornton, Lambda Literary's Program Coordinator, at

Application Status Notifications

Writer's Retreat Faculty make the final determinations regarding accepted and waitlisted applicants. All applicants will be notified of their application status in April 2022.

Refund Policy

The $25.00 Writer's Retreat application fee is nonrefundable.

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