Whether you’re interested in our six-day Spring Workshop and Retreat, our Fall Writers’ Bash, or our inaugural Ossabaw Writers 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.

NEW EXTENDED STAY OPTION IN 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.

2023 Ossabaw Spring Writer’s Workshop and Retreat

Applications for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 2023 Spring Retreat, March 10-15, 2023, are now open.  Application deadline February 15, 2023. Receive a $200 discount for applications prior to December 31, 2022 (may not use this discount if applicants are applying for student, military, or Sisters in Crime discounts).

Enjoy and learn from workshops, readings and craft sessions held at the pristine Ossabaw Island Heritage Preserve—just twenty minutes by boat from historic Savannah, Georgia and its renown restaurants, art galleries, squares and riverfront beauty.

Join us at the 12th Annual Spring Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat which spans six days and includes lodging, meals, writing workshops, one-on-one manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminarsreadings, and ferried transportation to the island.

APPLICATION DEADLINE. Tuition $3195.  $200 early application discount deadline: December 31, 2022.  Final application deadline, February 15, 2023. Early applications highly recommended since there are limit openings (five per genre) and the retreat tends to fill quickly.


2022 Fall Ossabaw Weekend Writer’s Bash

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to October 25, 2022

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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 2022 Weekend Writer’s Bash. Held November 04-06, 2022, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, independent publishers, and evening readings by faculty and participants.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $1495 tuition covers three days and two nights lodging, meals, manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminarsreadings and ferried transportation to the island.


EXCITING NEWS: We’re now offering $100 scholarship discounts for a limited number of university students, military personnel, and teachers. In addition, we’re also offering Sisters in Crime members a $75 discount. Upload a photocopy of your official I.D. in the application form.


Ossabaw Writers’ Craft & Seminar Day Trip


Where shades take us to the past.

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat announces the opening of applications for our 2022 Fall Writers Craft and Seminar Day Trip. Held Saturday, November 5, 2022, the Craft and Seminar Day Trip will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty. A great opportunity to recharge the creative energies on one of the most beautiful barrier islands of the Atlantic.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $375 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, military personnel, teacher? Upload a photocopy of your official I.D. in the application form below and receive a $50 discount

We’re also offering a $25 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

  • Max. file size: 512 MB.
    Sisters in Crime applicants must submit copy of invoice/receipt for membership uploaded under the "choose file" option above. Student/Teacher/Armed Service Member discount applicants must upload a copy of their official I.D. under the "choose file" option above. Teachers
    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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