Bookgardan Application Form


  • $5500

If your application is approved, a $500 non-refundable deposit, minus the $50 application fee, will be due with your registration. The remaining balance will be due by August 1, 2018.


Please fill out the form below and submit. After submitting your Application Form, please send a short 1–2-page description of your book project; and a writing sample of 10–12 pages to with the subject line: (Your Name) Bookgardan Application and pay a $50 application fee through the "Pay Invoice" tab. (Application fees will be returned to applicants not accepted; applicants who are accepted and enroll will be credited $50 to their deposit.). Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, first come, first served. Accepted applicants must submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit (minus the $50 application fee) to hold their spot. Final payments will be due by August 1, 2018.  

NOTE: We require a $50 application fee to ensure that applications are submitted with a serious intention to enroll, equal to the time and consideration we give to each application.  We take our applicants and their works seriously and regret turning away talented writers for lack of space; the application fee is to deter applicants who are less than sincerely interested in attending the program.  

Writing Sample Format: MS Word or PDF format; double-spaced; 12-pt standard font (such as Times New Roman) and 1" page margins. Please include your name and the genre of the writing sample on the first page. 

All applicants must also review and sign the Birds & Muses Retreat Agreements waiver to be considered for a retreat spot. Click the "Sign Your Waiver" blue tab at the bottom right of this page to get started.

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Name *
Phone *
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Please tell us about yourself in 500 words.
Please include how far along you are in your project, its current length, and any specific challenges you are facing. (750 words)