Queer Creatives Retreat

    We are thrilled to announce that the first Annual Queer Creatives Retreat will be held October 14-16, 2022!

    The Queer Creatives Retreat is open to writers of all genres and creatives of all types who identify as members of LGBTQIA+ communities. We also welcome folks who are questioning their gender or sexual orientation and are in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities. Our intention is to center LGBTQIA+ people at the retreat.

    Throughout the weekend we will have in-person and online programming led by our experienced faculty for adults (18+) and young writers (ages 13-24). Whether you are working on a novel, short story, nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid creation, there will be something for everyone. In addition to writing workshops, you are invited to join us for free evening events including readings, a sliding scale community dinner, and a keynote address by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Ashley Cornelius.

    Financial assistance is available.

    Make sure that you sign up for our mailing list (select the Queer Creatives box) to be notified of updates and future programs and events. Stay connected by attending our online, monthly Queer Creatives meet-ups (free, but registration is required).

    View the full schedule here.



    See the full schedule for the weekend.


    Retreat intensives are a great place to find community, hone your craft, and dive deeper into your favorite genre/writing style. Join us for one of this year's intensives which will be taught by Helen Armstrong and Joseph Ponce. The intensives are focused on nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.

    Craft Seminars

    Join us for a craft seminar where you'll focus on a specific element of craft and walk away with new pieces, ideas for your works in progress, and copious amounts of creative inspiration. This year's craft faculty will include Assétou Xango, Halo Lahnert, Jesaka Long, Sydney Fowler, and Sasha Geffen.

    Youth Programming

    We're excited to announce that there will also be programming specifically oriented towards youth (ages 13-24) including a Youth Intensive and Youth Seminars.


    We are honored to have Ashley Cornelius, the 6th Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak Region, as our 2022 Retreat Keynote Speaker. The Keynote will be free (with registration) on Friday, October 14, at 6:00 pm. This event will be in-person and also live-streamed.


    Join us for a variety of events focused on fostering creativity and community during this year's retreat. Most events are free and open to all who are in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities. Please read the description of each event for additional details.