Tinderbox Writers Retreat

More details on SPRING 2018 soon!

This retreat was created to nurture the creative spirit of women, to celebrate our stories through the written and spoken word. We’ll spend four transformative days, writing, reading, and sharing. You’ll be challenged to explore the deeper questions about what you want to say in your writing. We will begin our days with walks on the beach, nourish ourselves while cooking together, embrace solitude when we need a quiet moment, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Your heart and your writing will grow through workshops and intimate sessions created to transform your writing.

For women only.


The Tinderbox retreat was truly that…a time of rest, relaxation, laughter, plus ample time to write on a gorgeous beach setting. This writer was in heaven! ~Emily Carpenter, author of The Weight of Lies

The perfect getaway—time to write, connect, and brainstorm with brilliant and inspiring women destined to become lifelong friends! ~ Heather Bell Adams, author of Maranatha Road

The tinderbox Retreat was a delightful experience. Restful and invigorating. I learned a great deal and certainly enjoyed the company. ~ Marlene Buchanan

Tinderbox Retreat gave me a chance to refocus and start writing again after a big set back. A great combination of writing, relaxing, and laughing. Such a positive group of women writers. Looking forward to having good news to share next time! ~ Cecelia Landress

Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time of the retreat.
Shared rooms.
Twin or Queen beds.

Attendees off-site are responsible for arranging their own housing. All attendees responsible for their own travel.
In addition to plenty of time to work, writers will have the opportunity to rest, relax and explore the island.

Applicants will be selected on the strength and promise of the work submitted and on the committee’s judgment that the applicant is likely to benefit from the retreat. Publications  are not required for  admission. 

The Blue Terrazz Beach House
2907 Marshall Boulevard, Unit C
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

 Learn About Blue Terrazz Beach House in the link in the side bar.

There is a kitchen on-site and meals will be flexible, together on-site or out on our own, according to our preferences. Attendees should bring food and drinks to share.



Cancellations after select dates are NON-REFUNDABLE.

To Apply

 Please fill out and submit the form below.
First time applicants must also submit a writing sample with readers fee. Application deadline September 15, 2017. All acceptances will be emailed September 18, 2017.

Instructions for writing sample:

  • Send your best work
  • Your manuscript must be:
    1. Ten pages maximum (fiction/nonfiction/memoir)
    2. Standard 12 pt type
    3. Without name or contact info in the works
      Title of manuscript (fiction/non-fiction/memoir)
    4. Submit documents by email in word format (doc or docx) or rich text format (rtf) to
  • $25 NON-REFUNDABLE READING FEE:  make reading fee payment below after submitting application
  • WORKSHOP SELECTION: After our readers select qualified manuscripts, we use blind lotteries to fill the spaces.
* For first time applicants, we charge a non-refundable readers fee. You will receive notification of acceptance at the email you listed on your application. Please wait to make your full payment or deposit toward the retreat until that time.
* Returning retreat participants are not required to submit manuscript pages or a reading fee. 

The House



Kimberly Brock is an Atlanta-based writer and author of THE RIVER WITCH. She is a wife, a mom to three kids and two dogs, and founder of Tinderbox Writers Retreat.