Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Sun: Retreat in October; Scholarship Deadline in August

The Sun is one of my favorite magazines, so I’m delighted to recommend its wonderful, personal writing retreats. The next one is set for October, in beautiful Big Sur, California—!!—and there are two scholarships available for those in financial need. (Application deadline is 8/15, so don’t dilly-dally.)

This isn’t one of those networking-type events (not that there’s anything wrong with that)—instead, the editors and writers at The Sun choose to focus on personal writing and going deep into the self. You can read more about my experience at one of The Sun’s previous retreats here. Also, if you’re interested, you can read one of my stories that appeared in The Sun.
And here are more details about the conference and the application procedure for the scholarships:

A Weekend with The Sun in California
Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
October 21–23, 2011

Join Sun authors, readers, and staff, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of writing, reflection, and inspiration. Our fall gathering will be held at Esalen, a retreat center situated on twenty-seven acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline.

Two full scholarships are available for aspiring or established writers who can make a strong case that they would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it. Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the weekend. Scholarship-application forms are available here:

To apply please e-mail your completed form, along with your CV and a statement of intent, to

If you prefer you may mail your application materials to:

The Sun
Attn: Esalen Scholarships
107 North Roberson Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Application materials must be received by August 15, 2011. We will notify applicants of our decision by September 1.

A large enrollment is expected, and spaces are limited. We recommend registering soon by contacting Esalen at (831) 667-3005, or registering online. We hope you'll join us.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.