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Writing Retreats

“Always wedded to the couch, the back porch, the swing, I want to see the world standing still. My thoughts are movements, my idea, my adventures…. This solitary space is sometimes a place where dreams and visions enter and sometimes a place where nothing happens, Yet it is necessary to active work as water is to growing things.” 

-bell hooks (Art on My Mind)

Applications for the 2023 season are now closed. Please check back in January 2024 for information on offerings for summer 2024!
Goldfinch Writers’ Retreats
(The goldfinch is a late nesting migratory bird. It waits for the last of the blooming wildflowers)

Looking Glass Arts recognizes that some writers come to their craft as very young people, but others begin writing as mature adults for many reasons, including obligations and hardships that make it challenging to consider writing a career. The Goldfinch Writers’ Retreat is a five-day, fully-funded residency established to support writers 45+ who demonstrate a unique commitment to their craft, by providing the time and space critical to a writing practice. While writers of all ages are encouraged to apply, those 45+ will be prioritized in the selection process.



This residency at Looking Glass Arts will be offered to three writers who are not yet published by a major outlet. Works can include a novel, collection of short stories, poetry, memoir, graphic novel, play, screenplay, essays or hybrid work. Residencies are self-directed. There is no requirement to share your work– you can do what you want with the time at LGA. We encourage resident artists to take their time getting into the creative groove. The writers' retreat applications will be adjudicated in two rounds, the first being a written application and the second being a conversation over Zoom. 



Each resident will have their own private bedroom in the farm house. There is a shared bathroom. Three meals a day will be prepared by the resident chef. Dinner is a nightly communal meal. 


Writing Space

Each writer will have a writing desk in their room. In addition, there is a choice of additional spaces to write -- the barn or sap house, the mudroom, the front porch, backyard or the milk house. There is high speed fiber optic internet in the farmhouse. The outer studios are offline. 


Each writer in the fully-funded Goldfinch retreat will be offered a $500 honorarium. 


Writers will be reimbursed for round trip train/bus travel to and from the New York / Tri-state area. If you drive your own car, you will be reimbursed at a flat rate of $100 for gas and tolls. 


A Note On Submissions

Looking Glass Arts prioritizes applications from Black and Brown people. Additionally, we highly encourage those of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities to apply. 

For inquiries and questions, please write to

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