2018 Summer Fiction Writing Retreat

July 21-22, 2018


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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is hosting its second annual generative writing retreat celebrating survival and healing on July 21st and 22nd, 2018. This two-day retreat for sexual assault survivors will be held in Oak Ridge, TN and will be a safe space for creativity, generative writing exercises, discussions on ways to write trauma, advice on publishing, and more. Come join us in mutual support for a weekend of writing time for healing, safety, and comfort.

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75.

The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published fiction writers and poets from around the country, including Karen Craigo, Krista Cox, Jennie Frost, and Macy French.

For money, Krista Cox is a paralegal. For joy, she's an associate poetry editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection and Executive Director of Lit Literary Collective, a nonprofit serving her local literary community. Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Rappahannock Review, The Humanist, and elsewhere.

Jennie Frost is a poet from Maryville, TN. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi and former Literary Arts Director at Sundress Academy for the Arts where they ran the Sundress Reading Series. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Border Crossing, The Fourth River, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and more. They are a dedicated member of the LGBTQ+ community and a human rights activist focusing on sexual assault prevention.

Macy French is a poet, advocate, and recent graduate of Tusculum College where she studied creative writing. Her work has been featured in Connotation Press, Lady Blue Literary Journal, GRAVEL Magazine, and others. She completed an honors thesis project where she studied attitudes about sexual assault on college campuses, analyzed data, and co-founded Students for the Prevention of Sexual Assault at Tusculum.

We have two full scholarships available for the retreat as well as limited 20% scholarships for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, send a packet of no more than (8) pages of creative writing along with a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop to Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin@sundresspublications.com no later than May 5th, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Space at this workshop is limited to 15 writers, so reserve your place today!




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