Whether you’re interested in our six-day Spring 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. Apply by December 31, 2018 and receive a $200 discount.

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: December 31, 2018 (for $100 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.


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


Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat announces the opening of applications for our 2019 Fall Writers Craft and Seminar Day Trip. Held October 26, 2019, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty (including David Poyer, Lenore Hart, Tony Morris, Chad Faries, Christina Olson, Laura Valeri, and more). Join us for 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 $75.

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Craft and Seminar Day-Trip Application

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