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Support an Emerging LGBT Writer!

The future of our literature depends on it

 

Greetings!,  

 

At some level, we in the LGBT community all look to our writers to keep our stories, and the history of those stories, alive.  This is an important responsibility we cannot ignore, and one many of us have supported for 25 years through our premier LGBT literary organization, the Lambda Literary Foundation.

 

Emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers, in particular, need that continued support from our community.  Please take a moment to read this letter.  Please...

 

Emerging writers need professional instruction and mentoring. They need to learn the basics, including writing query letters, finding an agent, using social media, and understanding trends in a publishing industry still in transformation. They need all of these tools - and more. They need a community of supportive mentors and peers committed to sharing the LGBT experience in a publishing environment that doesn't always feel welcoming of our stories.   


Lambda's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices provides participants with all of this.  Entering its fifth year, the Writers Retreat - July 28 to August 4 in Los Angeles - is unlike any other writing program in the world, the only residency specifically for promising LGBT writers.  The Retreat is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines rigorous instruction from teachers who are also leading writers, and a veritable fellowship of peer support.  This year's extraordinary faculty includes Dorothy Allison who will teach the Fiction workshop; Alex Sanchez, Young Adult Fiction; Cris Beam, Nonfiction; and Jewelle Gomez, Poetry.

 

Applying to the Retreat is a daunting task for many emerging writers who simply can't afford the tuition.  Yet they may be among the most promising of our future writers.  You can make it possible for them to attend.  Your gift to the Retreat Scholarship Fund can advance their future, and ours.  

 

After four successful years of offering the Writers Retreat, this is what we know about our graduating Fellows.  They're deeply committed to their lives as writers and to telling our stories as LGBT people.  They give back to their communities as influential leaders, outspoken advocates, and inspiring artists.  They're prolific writers with an impressive record of publishing.  

 

With your help we can offer scholarships and, together, invest in our literary community's future by making sure the most talented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers attend.  For this reason, your tax-deductible contribution to the Retreat Scholarship Fund is crucial to the program's success.   

 

You can make a direct, meaningful difference in the life of a writer by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Retreat Scholarship Fund today.  Consider funding a full scholarship of $1650 (tuition, room and board) to bring a talented emerging writer to Los Angeles this summer.  Please give whatever you can - $50, $100, $250 - and NOTE:  every dollar will go directly to our community's most promising writers!

 

Thank you for your support.  We could not do this work without you.  It is that simple.

 

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All my best,

 

Tony Valenzuela

Executive Director

 

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Amazon.com  

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The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF's programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our web magazine at www.LambdaLiterary.org. For more information call (323) 366-2104 or e-mail admin@lambdaliterary.org.

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