North Country Institute for Writers of Color

Rationale for Institute and Retreat

Writers need both solitude and community; a retreat and an institute are designed to offer both. Writers of color, who often have limited access to the work environment afforded at retreats, have been traditionally under-represented in publishing, and have fewer opportunities to publish literature that is not merely driven by the commercial market. These writers have difficulty finding editors and agents who are willing to take a risk with publishing or working with them. Therefore, they need more options to workshop their texts in constructive and supportive writing environments.


The North Country Institute and Retreat serves a dual purpose: to provide a writer's retreat for emerging writers of color and to enhance the literary and cultural arts of northeastern New York. It provides an opportunity for writing residents to meet other writers, to workshop their writing, and to engage in dialogue concerning issues related to writing and publishing.

The institute also attempts to enhance the literary and cultural activities in the local towns and villages through readings, performances, and collaborative activities with local arts and civic organizations. Another objective is to seek avenues for publishing the work of established and emerging writers of color.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the North Country Institute for Writers of Color, please contact

Center for Black Literature

Dr. Brenda M. Greene
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Jose L. Torres-Padilla
Beaumont Hall 418A
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901