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Sundress Academy offering summer fiction writing retreat

KNOXVILLE – The Sundress Academy for the Arts, a branch of Sundress Publications, is offering a summer Fiction Writing Retreat, which will be held from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st, 2015. The three-day, two-night camping retreat will be held on SAFTA’s own Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee and focus on fiction writing, with break-out sessions on writing dystopian literature and historical fiction.

A weekend pass includes instruction, writing supplies, food, drink, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site amenities for $200, with tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment available to rent. Payment plans are available.

The event will be open to all writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented and published fiction writers from around the country, including Dr. Meagan Cass and Amy Sayre Baptista.

Meagan Cass’ stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, Washington Square, Joyland Magazine, and Puerto del Sol, among others, and was selected by Dan Chaon for the Wigleaf top 50 flash fictions of 2012. Her fiction chapbook, Range of Motion, is now available from Magic Helicopter Press. Meagan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she teaches courses in creative writing, publishing, literature, and composition. She founded and is a curator of the Shelterbelt Reading Series at UIS and serves as an assistant editor at Sundress Publications, coordinating fiction for Best of the Net.

Amy Sayre Baptista writes and lives in Chicago. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, S'ouwester, and on-line at Luna Luna. She has received fellowships from CantoMundo, FLAD, and the Disquiet Literary Festival, in addition to performing and teaching with the Portuguese-America writer's collective, Kale Soup for the Soul. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is currently working on a new play and a novel manuscript.

Space at this workshop is limited to 15 writers.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists' colony on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information, visit, Facebook at SundressPublications and on Twitter @SundressPub.

Published April 26, 2015

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