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Center For Black Literature Extends Deadline For Writers Retreat to Friday

The retreat will take place from July 15 to July 20 in Utica, New York.

The Center for Black Literature's Wild Seeds Retreat has extended the application deadline to Friday, May 24, at 11:59pm.

The Wild Seeds Retreat allows workshop fellows to engage in daily writing, reading and sharing sessions with workshop leaders and cohorts. Fellows will also have an opportunity for one-on-one sessions with their workshop leader, who will tailor the sessions to their genre, according to a news release. 

Writing fellows have an opportunity to draw upon their experiences as writers in a racialized society and to study with a professional in the genres of fiction, memoir and poetry.

The 2024 summer facilitators include Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, fiction; Nick Powers, creative non-fiction and memoir; and Jamal Joseph, screenwriting. Through its writing workshops leaders, the retreat provides the public with an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the range and diversity of the work produced by writers of color.

The Wild Seeds Retreat for Writers of Color, began in 2004 as a collaboration with the Center for Black Literature, the English Department at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers. Today it continues to provide a writing community where established and emerging writers can focus on the craft of writing and create cross-cultural conversations around the literature created by writers of the African diaspora.

The Wild Seeds Retreat takes place from Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York. Tuition is $600. A limited number of scholarships are available. Interested writers can apply here.