Escape to the Sea Island Writers Retreat to Perfect Your Writing


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) The Sea Island Writers Retreat is Back to Help Writers Find Their Craft

ENSPIRE Contributor: Shayne Watson

On November 2, The 2022 Sea Island Writers Retreat will take place to provide women writers of color uninterrupted creative freedom.

The retreat is organized by successful writers such as Tina McElory, author of Taking After Mudear, and Wanda Lloyd, author of Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism.

On Tybee Island, aspiring writers will have four days to fine tune their writing with workshops for playwriting, historical fiction, poetry, editing, and memoirs.

“The Sea Islands are a sacred space providing fertile ground for creativity and breakthrough inspiration in the cultivation of writer,” said Abeni Bloodworth, co-founder of Chromatic Black.

This intimate retreat will convene 15 African-American women writers for small group discussions, individual mentoring, and guided counseling, and will have the opportunity to speak with other writers regarding the craft and business side of writing.

“We are a brave place for women writers. No pressure, just progress,” said Tina McElroy Ansa, Sea Island Writing Retreat founder and director.

Each workshop leader will teach her particular skill to all the attendees, as well as gain camaraderie on one of Georgia’s most historic and relaxing Sea Islands.

Attendees will stay at an island house with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, several porches, and common areas for lectures and writing.

The application deadline is August 31 and the tuition for the retreat is $2,500, plus a non-refundable $75 application fee. The cost will cover housing, chef-prepared meals, snacks, writing workshops, a gift bag, and the materials needed to become a successful writer.

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