Whether you’re interested in our six-day Spring Workshop and Retreat, our Fall Halloween Retreat, or our inaugural Ossabaw West Mystery Writer’s Retreat, you will find inspiration and professional, one-on-one feedback from our nationally recognized faculty and staff.  Ossabaw Writers’ Retreat Foundation offers a variety of programs to address the needs of writers hoping to expand their craft and improve their work-in-progress. We hope you will join us in this great literary tradition by taking part in one or more of the various programs offered by the Ossabaw Writers’ Retreat Foundation. Where loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks nest. Where historic cultures are studied. Where photographers, writers, painters and musicians listen, watch, reflect and create.

Join us for a Week of Workshops and Writing Events

Applications for fiction and nonfiction at the 2017 Spring Retreat are now closed (early applications for fall are welcome–see below). We are, however, extending our application period for poets to January 26. 

The Ossabaw Island Writers’ Spring Retreat will be held February 24-March 1, 2017. Located just twenty minutes from downtown Savannah, GA., the retreat offers lectures, readings, workshops, and manuscript consultations.

The unspoiled beauty of Ossabaw Island has attracted writers, artists, and musicians to live on the island for short periods of reflection, research, and creativity in the mid-to-late 20th century. Ralph Ellison, Annie Dillard, and Alice Walker, are among those who have drawn inspiration from the island. Come join us for six days and five nights of writing, workshops and one-on-manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors. Space is highly limited, therefore we strongly recommend early application submissions.


APPLICATION DEADLINE (extended for poets only): January 26. Early applications highly recommended since there are limited openings (five-six per genre) and the retreat tends to fill quickly.


Check here, or follow us at facebook.com/OssabawIslandWritersRetreat or twitter @ossabawwriters for more information on all retreats.

2017 Ossabaw Weekend Writer’s Retreat

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 25, 2017.

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Where shades take us to the past, and shadows forever fall.

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat is happy to announce the opening of applications for our three-day weekend retreat, The 2017 Halloween Writer’s Bash. Held October 27-October 29, 2017, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) by faculty and participants.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $1095 tuition covers three days and two nights lodging, meals, manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminarsreadings and ferried transportation to the island.

APPLY ONLINE: Fill in and submit convenient online form for easy, quick application.


APPLY BY MAIL: email write@ossabawwritersretreat.org to request paper application. Mail completed application form with $25 non-refundable reading fee and $125 tuition deposit to: Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat, 303 E. 58th St., Savannah, GA 31416.



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