How to Apply

We’re proud of you for taking this first step to honor your creativity.

We’re going to make it simple and fun to get started.

  1. Fill out the application form below. You will see a box in which you can paste a 250-500 word writing sample. This can be something new, something published, an opening, an ending, or your favorite scene. All genres, all styles are welcome. if it is a graphic piece or something that won’t work to copy and paste, please drop us an email ( and we will advise you the best way to send  it.
  2. There is a $50 application fee.  You can send a check, but that takes time and we do fill up fast.WBTW prefers to use PAYPAL.  * button*
    (The small service fee is not refundable. The $50 application fee is fully refundable.)
  3. If you are accepted, you will be notified via email and your application fee will apply toward your retreat fee.
  4. The balance of $400 for the 3 day retreat or $600 for the 5 day retreat is due 1 month before the start date. We will send a reminder and a Paypal link.
  5. If you are not accepted, your application fee minus the service charge will be directly refunded to your Paypal account.
  6. We strive to notify all applicants in a timely manner, generally in 10 days or less.


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Address

City, State, Zip, Country

Your Phone

Which retreat would you prefer to attend?
The 3-dayThe 5-day

Write by the Water is a retreat for writers from across the country, regardless of publication history. In order to assess our success in fulfilling our commitment to diversity and to have a brief profile of new residents before they arrive, we ask applicants to provide the following information.

Date of Birth

Primary Occupation

Project summary: Briefly describe the project you wish to work on at Write by the Water (genre/s)

Professional achievements: Please list up to five publications, awards, etc.

How did you hear about us?

Have you applied to Write by the Water before?

If Yes to applied before, which year(s)

Paste a writing sample of no more than 500 words in the box below.

What else would you like us to know about you? How can we best assist you in reaching your creative goals?

I understand that I am responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from the location of retreat, dinner, and all personal expenses while participating in the Write by the Water Retreat. I understand that the Retreat fee, payable to Ricochet Enterprises, includes accommodations at Retreat (per above date / location), and some meals as stated. I release WBTW from any medical liability due to accident or injury and agree to be responsible for providing for my own medical personnel, first aid, first aid supplies and emergency transportation if necessary.
I hereby acknowledge that I have read the above form and understand my obligations.


Write By The Water retreats and workshops are offered on a limited basis to accepted participants. Former applicants will be considered on the same basis as all other applicants. WBTW practices non-discrimination and considers all potential applicants based on their registration information and writing sample.

When you apply to attend a retreat, you are (1) reserving a spot that prevents another writer from reserving, (2) being counted in the minimum number of enrollments, which sometimes determines whether or not the retreat will run. Because of this, you must cancel no less than 3 weeks in advance of the start date. Refunds (minus a cancellation fee of $50) are available for those who cancel at least three weeks before the retreat. If you cancel less than three weeks before the retreat start date, no refund is available. If a retreat is cancelled by Write by the Water for any reason, all payments and deposits will be refunded in full.


I have more questions… 

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