Ossabaw Writers’ Retreat Foundation

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.

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.

Ossabaw Halloween Weekend Writer’s 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 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.


APPLY BY MAIL: email write@ossabawwritersretreat.org to request paper application. Mail completed application form with $25 non-refundable reading fee and $125 tuition deposit to: Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat, 303 E. 58th St., Savannah, GA 31416.


Ossabaw Winter Writer’s Workshop and Retreat

Applications for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 2019 Spring Retreat,  March 1-6, 2019, are now open. Early-bird application deadline, September 31, 2018.

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 9th 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, visiting agents and publishers,  and ferried transportation to the island.


APPLICATION DEADLINE. Tuition $2595.  Extended application deadline, January 31, 2018. Early applications highly recommended since there are limit openings (five-six per genre) and the retreat tends to fill quickly.


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