Whether you’re interested in our six-day Winter Workshop and Retreat, our Fall Retreat, or our inaugural Ossabaw Craft & Seminar Day Trip, 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.

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2019 Winter Writers’ Retreat

Applications for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the Winter Retreat, March 1-6, 2019, are now open. Application deadline January 31, 2019. 

Join us for our 9th Annual Ossabaw Island Writers’ Winter Retreat. 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:  Final deadline January 31, 2019. Early applications highly recommended since there are limited openings (five-six per genre) and the retreat tends to fill quickly. 

Ask now about our student discount! 


NEW: Extended Stay Option: Fall & Spring 

We’re always trying to give our writers more of what they want–so beginning this fall, we will offer a three-day, two night extended stay option for those who would like to spend a few more days on the island writing and relaxing after the retreats. Just check the “extended stay” option at the bottom of the online application form, and we’ll reserve your space.

Ossabaw Writers’ Craft & Seminar Day Trip

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 23, 2019.

Where shades take us to the past.

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat announces the opening of applications for our 2019 WINTER Writers Craft and Seminar Day Trip. Held March 2, 2019, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty (including Craig Johnson, Beverly Donofrio, Tony Morris, Chad Faries, Christina Olson, Laura Valeri, and more). A great opportunity to recharge the creative energies on one of the most beautiful barrier islands of the Atlantic.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $275 tuition covers  lunch, craft seminarsreadings and ferried transportation to the island. One-on-one manuscript consultations with nationally recognized faculty available for additional $75. 

University Student? Upload a photocopy of your official student I.D. in the application form below and receive a $75 discount

We’re also offering a $50 discount for Sisters in Crime members. Just fill out application below and upload a copy of your membership receipt.

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

Craft and Seminar Day-Trip Application

    Sisters in Crime applicants must submit copy of invoice/receipt for membership uploaded under the "choose file" option above. Student discount applicants must upload a copy of their official student i.d. under the "choose file" option above.
    Applicants wishing to participate in a one-on-one manuscript consultation must upload their file as PDF of Word document under "choose file" option above. Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts limited to 15 pages, double-spaced. Poetry limited to 5 poems, no more than 10 pages.
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2019 Ossabaw Weekend Writer’s Bash

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 25, 2019

Where shades take us to the past.

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 2019 WeekendWriter’s Bash. Held October 25-27, 2019, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, visiting agents and publishers, and evening readings by faculty and participants.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $1295 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.


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