Announcing the Salt Cay Writers Retreat
Written by
Karen Dionne
January 2014
Written by
Karen Dionne
January 2014
Salt Cay Writers Retreat
October 20-25, 2014, Salt Cay, Bahamas
Registration is now open!

Mark your calendar! Registration for the 2014 Salt Cay Writers Retreat October 20-25, 2014, Salt Cay, Bahamas is now open.

Our 2014 faculty includes #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, andJacquelyn 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 Salt Cay Writers Retreat curriculum is particularly suited for literary and commercial fiction writers, memorists, and narrative non-fiction writers; however, any author (published or not-yet-published) who wants to take their writing to the next level can benefit from the program. 
“The SCWR was a life-changing experience I will never forget. The faculty was just superb across the board, especially the authors who were wise and gifted teachers. I appreciated how accessible, generous, and helpful everyone was. I was at a place in my writing career where I was ready for tools to take my work to the next level. I found this at the SCWR and so much more.” – 2013 Salt Cay Writers Retreat student
Our 2014 faculty includes #1New York Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, andJacquelyn Mitchard, as well as literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Niumata, both with Folio Literary Management, with more top literary agents and editors to come! 

“Extraordinary people in an extraordinary location – SCWR created such a warm, nurturing atmosphere, where it felt that people could learn and teach and laugh.  It’s a wonderful feeling to make real friends and also feel like I really contributed to helping the attendees grow as writers. What a terrific week!” Jeff Kleinman

“I took in so much inspiration and information that my head is spinning. The panels were sublime, featuring a heady mix of top notch literary agents, authors, and editors. I workshopped the opening chapters of my novel with Robert Goolrick, which was an unforgettable experience. He’s a brilliant, wise man who opened my eyes to so much in regards to my novel and my writing—I am beyond grateful.” - 2013 Salt Cay Writers Retreat student

You can read more comments from 2013 students and faculty on the Salt Cay Writers Retreat website. Questions? Check our FAQ page, or email retreat organizers Karen Dionne or Christopher Graham. You may also telephone Chris at 732-267-6449.

2014 Salt Cay Faculty
  • Lorenzo Carcaterra,  #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • 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 Nuimata, Senior Vice President, Folio Literary Management
  • with more to come!
2014 Program Highlights
The retreat begins with a poolside cocktail reception and orientation meeting on Monday evening, October 20. Tuesday, October 21 includes a tour of Salt Cay conducted by the island's owner with emphasis on Salt Cay's rich literary history, a dolphin swim, and plenty of free time to explore the beautiful beaches, go for a dip in the lagoon, or relax in a hammock and soak up the sunshine.

Wednesday through Saturday mornings are a mix of panel discussions, small-group workshops, and one-on-one meetings with faculty members. The program finishes each afternoon at 2:00, giving students plenty of time to write, reflect on what they've learned, or relax and let the island breezes carry them to new creative heights.

Evenings are a mix of scheduled outings, free time, and student and faculty author readings. Saturday evening finishes with an island feast with local entertainment you won't want to miss! (Because everyone should be carried under a flaming limbo pole at least once in their life!)

Read about the program in more detail here.

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