Northern California Writers' Retreat

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thanks so much for your interest in the fourth annual Northern California Writers' Retreat! 

Writing can be a very solitary process. We understand. That’s why we created the Northern California Writers’ Retreat, a place for emerging voices in fiction to have the space and time to write within a community of similarly motivated artists. 

In addition to enjoying ample dedicated writing time, you’ll also be invited to participate in select workshops and receive feedback from fellow retreat members. Our goal is that by the time you leave our sanctuary in the redwoods, you will feel as though you are a part of a vibrant community of promising writers with serious publishing ambitions.

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We are very pleased to offer two sessions again this year; we hope you'll join us! 

Session 1: March 13th-17th 2019 

Author-in-Residence Aja Gabel, author of The Ensemble, and Guest Agent Andrea Morrison

Session 2: March 20th-24th 2019 

Author-in-Residence Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams, and Guest Agent Amy Cloughley

Plus your hosts for both sessions, editor Heather Lazare and former literary agent Chelsea Lindman.

To apply, please share with us:

1. Your preferred session (your preference will not affect your acceptance).

2. Your personal statement: your writing goals and level of commitment are really important to us--feel free to get personal!

3. 20 pages of your novel or short story (double-spaced, 12 point font, paginated).

We will be reading all submissions after November 1st, 2018 and will get back to you with our decision on December 5th, 2018.

We look forward to reading your work!

Thanks again and happy writing,

Heather and Chelsea

Northern California Writers' Retreat

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