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Wild Seeds Writers Retreat: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS- Winter 2020

Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Application Fee - Fiction Jan 8, 2020 $25.00 $2.37
Application Fee - Screenwriting Jan 8, 2020 $25.00 $2.37
MEC, CUNY student -fee waiver - Fiction Jan 8, 2020 Free $0.00
MEC, CUNY student -fee waiver - Screenwriting Jan 8, 2020 Free $0.00

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Wild Seeds Writers Retreat for Writers of Color (Feb. 20 - 23, 2020)

(formerly the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color)

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL), and the English Department at SUNY, Plattsburgh, present the Wild Seeds Writers Retreat for People of Color at the Valcour Inn and Boathouse on the picturesque western shore of Lake Champlain (New York). Genres: Fiction and Screenwriting

Applicable Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 08, 2020 (NEW!). Fellows will be notified by Jan. 30, 2020 Tuition: $400 USD (includes room and meals). PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE WORKSHOP Information.

Required Submission Materials for Winter 2020:

1. A cover letter indicating which genre you are submitting for FICTION or SCREENWRITING. Please include your name, telephone number, mailing address, and email address.

  •  Express reasons for wanting to participate.
  •  Explain how you would benefit from this experience.
  •  Provide a brief description of the project you are presently working on, if applicable.
  •  Provide background information on your experiences as a writer.

2. A paginated writing sample (see guidelines on our website; submissions not in adherence to the parameters may be subject to disqualification).

3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your writing.

4. A nonrefundable application fee of $25 USD.

Writers interested in participating in this retreat are directed to visit our website for full details or contact CBL at (718) 804-8883 or via email: Please note that all dates and instructors are subject to change. For more information and submission requirements, visit: ‎

Scheduled Retreats

Applications will be reviewed as received until all spaces have been filled for each scheduled retreat. Retreats are held in the summer and winter. Scholarships may be available.

Tuition fees vary based on location. Tuition fees include lodging based on double occupancy and meals at the Valcour Educational Conference Center. Please see the hotel and travel options if traveling from out of town for the Medgar Evers College location. To Plattsburgh, visit for schedules for trains (for example, trains leave NY Penn Station to Plattsburgh, NY in the morning).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can students apply? Students at the upper level of high school and above may apply. If in high school, they should be exceptional in the genre of writing for which they are submitting an application.
  2. Do I have to be a professional writer? Anyone with an interest to hone their craft may apply.
  3. How are Fellows selected? Fellows are selected by a committee that includes writing instructors, writers and other qualified individuals for the genre. All recommendations for potential writing Fellows and sample writings are reviewed.
  4. Do I have to submit my references with the application? No. References may be submitted separately via mail or Internet to writers@mec.cuny.eduwith your name and “Wild Seeds Writers Retreat” in the subject heading.  References must be received at least two to three weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled retreat.

NOTE: Applications received without the $25 application fee will be considered incomplete until the payment is received by the Center for Black Literature.

Application fees are waived for Medgar Evers College STUDENTS ONLY. 

Have questions about Wild Seeds Writers Retreat: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS- Winter 2020? Contact Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
New York, NY 11225

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (CBL) is to expand, broaden, and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of Black literature. The Center is a nationally respected resource for Black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. It is the only center devoted to this in the country. The Center was also established to institutionalize the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC), founded by John Oliver Killens in 1986 at Medgar Evers College.

To achieve its core mission, CBL partners with local high schools, Medgar Evers College, as well as with literary, community, and cultural arts organizations nationwide. With our partners, we present public and academic programs to youth, high school students, college students, and the public. Our offerings include author readings, literary workshops, writer retreats, conferences, symposia, and a biennial journal.

Dr. Brenda M. Greene is the founder and executive director of the Center for Black Literature.

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