Application Details

Applications to attend the 2023 Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices open on November 30, 2022 and close at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, January 18, 2022. You may apply to more than one workshop, however, each application must be submitted separately and requires an additional fee.

The application fee for each application is $25.00. We are offering a number of application fee waivers for the QTBIPOC** (Queer and Trans folks who are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) members of our community applying for a fellowship (excluding Writers in Residence). Please email retreat@lambdaliterary.org with your eligibility to request an application fee waiver.


Writers in Residence

Writers in Residence is a program within The Retreat specifically for Retreat Alumni. There are seven spots open for Writers in Residence in 2023 to study within the seven genres we offer. Please only apply to be a Writers in Residence if you are a former Retreat Attendee.

Writers in Residences will be able to attend daily workshops within one of our seven genre-specific cohorts, but will not have their manuscript workshopped within the cohort. Writers in Residence, will, however, be given a one-on-one with the faculty member leading the genre you apply to.

For example, the Writer in Residence for the Nonfiction cohort with Meredith Talusan will be able to attend 5 days of nonfiction workshops, and will have a one-on-one with Meredith to workshop and critique their piece of writing.

There will be one Writer in Residence chosen per in-person genre for a total of seven spots available for Writer's in Residence in 2023 in-person.

We are also giving Writers in Residence the option to be a part of a panel during the retreat, Life After Lambda, to share with current fellows their experiences as an alumni of The Retreat.


In-Person Retreat Dates and Location

The 2023 Writer's Retreat will be held from July 30-August 5, 2023, at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Virtual Retreat Option

Lambda Literary is excited to announce its all-new Multi-Genre Virtual Cohort, a completely virtual option to attend The Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Like our in-person workshops, this cross-genre cohort will serve twelve writers. The group will be led by a talented multidisciplinary faculty member with experience in a multitude of different forms, genres, and approaches. This cohort’s daily workshops will take place fully online all week, with the opportunity to virtually attend all other panels, craft talks, and nightly readings held during the week of The Retreat.

As we work to confirm our Multi-Genre Virtual Cohort faculty member, we will adhere to the same high standards we always have when inviting an instructor to lead at The Retreat, We will be releasing the application with the option to choose “Virtual Cohort”, and we will notify our community once we have the faculty member on board. This will be a wonderful opportunity for writers looking to work in multiple genres. Writers of all genres represented at The Retreat are encouraged to apply to the Virtual Cohort.


Tuition & Scholarships

Writer's Retreat tuition is $1,875. Lambda Literary has a host of full and partial scholarships that are available for accepted applicants. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process. The $25.00 application fee is processed through Submittable's online portal. If you wish to pay by cash or check please contact retreat@lambdaliterary.org.


Application Status Notifications

Writer's Retreat Faculty make the final determinations regarding accepted and waitlisted applicants. All applicants will be notified of their application status in March 2023.


Refund Policy

The $25.00 Writer's Retreat application fee is nonrefundable.


Covid-19 Policy

Lambda Literary will monitor infection rates, health care system capacity, variants, and state and local regulations. If any changes, spikes, or other information deems necessary to switch back to all-virtual programming, we will make the call to do so. Find our full Covid-19 safety policy on our website.


*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and all emerging identities

**Queer and Trans folks who are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color

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