Queer Creatives Retreat

    We are thrilled to announce that the first Annual Queer Creatives Retreat was held October 14-16, 2022! The 2023 Retreat dates will be posted when confirmed. 

    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.

     

    2022 Schedule

    See the full schedule for the 2022 Retreat.

    Intensives

    Retreat intensives are a great place to find community, hone your craft, and dive deeper into your favorite genre/writing style. This year's intensives which were 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 included Assétou Xango, Halo Lahnert, Jesaka Long, Sydney Fowler, and Sasha Geffen.

    Youth

    We're excited to welcome youth ages 13+ to all of our Saturday evening community events, including the Spellwriting Workshop, community dinner, and open mic Saturday evening.

    Keynote

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

    Events

    The 2022 retreat hosted a variety of events focused on fostering creativity and community, including open mic readings, a community reading, a book launch event, and a closing event . Most events are free and open to all who are in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities.