2018 Retreat for Black, Indigenous, & Writers of Color


This retreat hosted by Justina Ireland is open to BIPOC writers whether you are published or aspiring. It's an opportunity to come together and network, compare notes, and just relax and get some writing done.


Sept 20 - 24, 2018


Blanco, TX

Attendance Cap


Application Deadline


Scholarship Application Deadline

May 1, 2018


Event Description

During the day there will be portions of the house reserved for working which means they are designated and fiercely guarded quiet zones. There will also be spaces available for networking or general noisiness.

All meals will be prepared for you. We ask that you assist in kitchen clean-up once during the retreat. Upon arrival everyone will be given one kitchen shift for a pre-determined day and time. All shifts are teams, so you'll never be on your own!

After dinner we break into groups for evening discussion. These discussions are lead by a few veteran authors and are a chance to focus on how we think about our careers as writers. Once those discussions are over, the rest of the night is for fun and relaxation.

Please note: the event will be facilitated by two white Madcap staff members: Tessa Gratton and Natalie C. Parker.


The cost covers your room and all meals while at the retreat. Everyone will have a single kitchen shift for either meal prep or clean-up to keep things running smoothly. Alcohol is not provided, but you are always welcome to bring your own. Transportation is on your own, but we will help facilitate ride share and shuttles if there's need.


A 50% deposit is due two weeks after acceptance in order to reserve your spot at the retreat. Final payments are due by July 19th.


A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will forfeit 50% of total retreat rate. Cancellations less than forty-five (45) days prior to arrival date forfeit 100% of total workshop rate.


Austin Bergstrom is 50 miles away.

Dorothy Gamble Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of an annonymous donor we are able to offer a scholarship for this retreat to a writer who identifies as a black woman. This scholarship includes a $1600 voucher to be used towards the lodging room of your choice as well as travel.


All applicants must be 18+ years old by the time the workshop begins and must identify as a black woman.


To be considered, please indicate on your Madcap application that you're applying for the Dorothy Gamble Scholarship. To ensure your application is considered for a scholarship, you must do the following:

  • select "yes" on the application form scholarship question;
  • submit a one page, double-spaced statement of interest to madcapretreats@gmail.com using the subject line: BIPOC Retreat Scholarship Statement.


All scholarship applications must be received by May 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2018.


Yes! If you would like to contribute, checks can be made out to Hotspur & Co. and sent to the following address:

PO Box 442310

Lawrence, KS 66044

You can also support us via PayPal!

Every donation received will go toward funding future scholarships for aspiring writers.

If you would like to sponsor an additional Diversity Scholarship for the 2018 BIPOC Retreat, please contact us directly at madcapretreats@gmail.com. All funds raised will be contributed will be used to fund diversity scholarships.

Please note: we are not a 501(c)(3) organization and cannot offer receipts for tax deductions.

The venue is a 9 acre property located on a peaceful stretch of the Blanco River with a main house, guest house, and private pool. There are bedrooms and gathering spaces in each location. Meals will be served in the main house. Pictures below!

All rooms will be shared by 2 - 4 attendees.

-King bed in shared room with shared bath: $1,400 (No longer available)

-Bunk or twin bed in shared room with private bath: $625

-Shared King (bed shared with 1 person) with private bath: $550

-Bunk or twin bed in shared room with shared bath: $525

-Shared King (bed shared with 1 person) with shared bath: $450

Venue Gallery

Bunk Room

King and bunk room.

Several rooms contain a combination of King, Bunk, and Twin beds.


There are several shared and private baths througout the house.

Reserve your spot