Applications for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 2022 Winter Retreat are now open. Deadline: January 15, 2022.  

An Exceptional Week of Workshops and Writing Events
Join us March 11-March 16, 2022 at the Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat and work with one of our critically acclaimed writers in an intimate workshop environment limited to five qualified participants. Twenty-six thousand acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands, and wide beaches on an Atlantic Ocean barrier island to settle the soul and inspire the mind.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $2595 tuition covers six days and five nights lodging, meals, writing workshops, one-on-one manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminarsreadings and ferried transportation to the island.

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

APPLY BY MAIL: email to request paper application. Mail completed application form with $25 non-refundable reading fee and $250 tuition deposit to: Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat, 318 Old Savannah Rd., Hinesville, GA 31313


  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf, Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Instructions for manuscript

    • Send your best work; not work to be discussed in workshop.
    • Your manuscript must be:
      1. ten pages maximum (poets) or fifteen pages (fiction/nonfiction)
      2. Standard 12 pt type
      3. Without name or contact info in the works
        Title of manuscript (fiction/non-fiction):
        Title of poems, (five max):
      4. Submit documents in word format (doc or docx) or richtext formst (rtf)
    Three days and two nights additional lodging, meals, and return ferry to mainland.
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WORKSHOP SELECTION: After our reader selects qualified manuscripts, we use blind lotteries to fill the seats.

PAYMENT POLICY: Every application must be accompanied by $25 non-refundable fee and $250 tuition deposit. Your deposit will be refunded if you withdraw your application before acceptance, or if you’re not accepted into one of the workshops. Tuition balance is payable upon acceptance. Acceptances will be emailed on a rolling bases. Should the balance of the tuition remain unpaid for forty-eight hours after acceptance, your seat will be awarded to another qualified applicant and your $250 deposit will be forfeited. Once you pay in full, the workshop seat is reserved for you. All sales are final.

CANCELLATION POLICY: After you have paid for the workshop, should you have to cancel for any reason, we will exercise our best efforts to find a qualified writer to replace you. If we can do so, we will refund your tuition. If we cannot replace you, we will not refund your tuition payment. The later the cancellation date, the more difficult it is for staff to find a qualified participant. We recognize that emergencies do happen and we will do our best to help you. But we cannot guarantee that we will be able to replace you in the event of a cancellation.