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.

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2018 Fall Weekend Writers’ Retreat

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 25, 2018. 

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 2018 Halloween Writer’s Bash. Held November  2-4, 2018, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, visiting agents and publishers, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) 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.


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.


2019 Winter Writers’ Retreat

Applications for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the Winter Retreat, March 1-6, 2019, are now open. Save $100 with an early-bird application deadline September 31, 2018.

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: Early-bird deadline: September 30, 2018 (for $200 discount). 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.


APPLY BY MAIL: email write@ossabawwritersretreat.org to request paper application. Mail completed application form with $25 non-refundable reading fee and $275 tuition deposit to: Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat, 303 E. 58th St., Savannah, GA 31416.

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