North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color

Workshops at the Center for Black Literature

The Fourth Annual North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color will be held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York from July 10 to 13, 2008. This year's retreat is targeted towards writing workshop participants in the New York region. The North Country Retreat exists in response to the overwhelming demand of writers of color for a creative environment in which to produce work that is not positioned in relation to the cultural majority. The goal is to broaden the definition of ethnic commonality while respecting historical differences and particularities of experience, a goal that is difficult to achieve in workshops that, unlike the North Country Retreat, typically presume a standard, unchanging cultural perspective.

Faculty mentors for the North Country Retreat this year include novelist Victor LaValle, author of The Ecstatic, and Slapboxing with Jesus, winner of the PEN Open Book Award. LaValle will facilitate the fiction workshop. Poet, Ravi Shankar, whose first book, Instrumentality was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, will facilitate the poetry workshop. And Tonya Hegamin, whose forthcoming young adult novels, M+O 4ever, Pemba's Song, and Most Loved In All the World, will lead an innovative and rigorous workshop in writing for the young adult and children's markets.

Tuition is $400. Lodging expenses are separate. The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College is the sponsoring organization for this unique writing workshop.

How to Apply 

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