“My father was barely literate and my mother didn’t speak English. Nor did I until I started grade school. And there were no books in the railroad apartment we shared in Hell’s Kitchen other than my collection of Classics Illustrated comics that I kept in a neat pile in a hall bureau. My dad worked as a butcher at the old 14th Street meat market, now known more for its high-end clothing stores and restaurants than for trucks packed with hind quarters bound for uptown destinations.”
Refer your friends to the Salt Cay Writers Retreat website for a chance to win a scholarship to the retreat!
EACH of the top 20 referrers will receive a $500 discount!*
In addition, one winner chosen at random from the top 20 will win a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the retreat! ($3,000 value; hotel and travel expenses not included.)
The more of your friends visit our site between now and August 1, the more chances you have to win!
Everyone who enters receives a FREE copy of SCWR faculty member Jeff Kleinman’s e-book The Science of Rejection Letters: A Step-By-Step Guide to Analyze Rejection Letters in Order to Improve Your Writing & Get Published!
(*Discounts may be transferred. Cannot be combined with any other discount.)
2014 Salt Cay Writers Retreat Faculty:
Lorenzo Carcaterra, #1 New York Times bestselling author
David Ebershoff, #1 international bestselling author; Executive Editor, Random House
Robert Goolrick, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Téa Obreht, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Orange Prize
Erin Harris, Folio Literary Management
Jeff Kleinman, Founder, Folio Literary Management
Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency
Erin Niumata, Senior Vice President, Folio Literary Management
Writers! Bid on signed books, manuscript critiques from literary agents, individual consultations with bestselling authors, and more! Every year, New York Timesbestselling author Brenda Novak holds an auction to raise money for diabetes research.
The Salt Cay Writers Retreat is thrilled to be able to offer the following items. Auction starts May 1 and runs through May 31. Click on the image below to bid on these these and hundreds of other great items for writers!
The Salt Cay Writers Retreat is pleased to announce the results of our Merit Scholarship Contest. The winner, Robin Luce Martin, will receive a full scholarship to attend the retreat October 20-25 on Salt Cay, a private island in the Bahamas. First runner up April L. Ford was awarded a partial scholarship to attend the retreat.
Robin’s short fiction publications and honors include: “Page from a Gitmo Attorney’s Diary,” a short-short drawn from Out Like a Lion a novel manuscript, in the Adanna Tribute to Adrienne Rich, Women and War 2013 Winter Issue.
The story “1969″ won First Place in the 2009 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival judged by Richard Ford, and an Honorable Mention in the SF PEN Soul Making Keats Competition, and was published in The New Orleans Review.
“Bob and Hope” won 2nd Place in the 2011 Eyes on Babylon Writing Contest, judged by Aimee Bender, HM in the 2012 SF PEN Competition, and the Columbine award for conflict resolution in the Moondance Film Festival.
“Same Initials as Jesse James” won First Prize in the 2010 Alabama Writers Conclave Short-Short category and Honorable Mention in the 2010 New Millennium Contest.
Since 2001 Robin has worked as the assistant to the president of a constitutional law organization that has been in the forefront of the legal battles in the post 9/11 world. She spent a decade as a working actress in her home town of Los Angeles. She moved to New York and began writing fiction in 1994. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband film projection artist, Bruce McClure. She has photo documented his work since 2000.
April L. Ford serves as Managing Editor of Digital Americana Magazine and teaches creative writing at SUNY Oneonta. In fall 2013, her story collection The Poor Children was selected as Grand Prizewinner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction and is forthcoming with SFWP in early 2015. Her first novel, Gentle, was a Finalist for the 2014 Gorsky Press Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction. April’s stories are forthcoming with The After Coetzee Project Anthology, New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, and SAND: Berlin’s English Literary Journal.
She has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence.
Congratulations to both our winners, and thanks to our judges for their careful and diligent effort. We also wish to thank Susan Henderson, of LitPark, for generously hosting our contest, and for making so many wonderful writers aware of the contest and the retreat. Most of all, we wish to thank the nearly 100 talented authors who entered the first Salt Cay Writers Retreat Merit Scholarship Contest. You made the judges’ decision a difficult one!
The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit. It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still.
The group members–all men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door. It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game.
But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route.
The chairs were arranged in a circle, and my supervisor had given me strict instructions on how to begin each session. “Start by going around the circle and have them say something good about themselves,” he had ordered. (more…)
The winner of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat Merit Scholarship Contest will be invited to attend the Salt Cay Writers Retreat with all program and tuition fees covered (travel and retreat hotel accommodations are not included).
The contest will be judged by a well-qualified anonymous panel of publishing professionals including retreat faculty. More information at: www.saltcaywritersretreat.com
Entry deadline: April 1, 2014
Winner announced: April 15, 2014 (more…)
Our 2014 faculty includes #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, National Book Award finalist and Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht, as well as literary agents Erin Harris, Jeff Kleinman and Erin Niumata, of Folio Literary Management, Jill Marr with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, with more top literary agents and editors to come!
If you’d like to work with our amazingly talented faculty members to improve your writing, all you need to do is register for the retreat, pay the $500 non-refundable deposit to guarantee your place, and you’re in! But hurry – attendance is limited to 35 students.
The 2013 Salt Cay Writers Retreat was a fabulous success – even better than we hoped it would be (and retreat organizers Karen Dionne and Christopher Graham had VERY high expectations!).
A huge thank you to our outstanding faculty members Jacquelyn Mitchard, Robert Goolrick, Amy Einhorn, Chuck Adams, Steve Fisher, Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris, and Michelle Brower, and to our administrative assistants Sharlotte Giberson-Graham and Deanna Dionne. You were all marvelous, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
But most of all, our sincere thanks go out to the wonderful student body who made the first-ever Salt Cay Writers Retreat possible!
The Salt Cay Writers Retreat and Blue Lagoon Island Present: An Evening with Robert Goolrick and Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bestselling authors Robert Goolrick and Jacquelyn Mitchard will read from their current and upcoming novels on Wednesday, October 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Blue Lagoon Island. Attendees will enjoy dinner with the authors and after the readings, are invited to step up to the microphone and share their own work.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, Oprah Winfrey’s first book club selection, TWELVE TIMES BLESSED, THE BREAKDOWN LANE, and CAGE OF STARS. (more…)