Mendocino Writing Intensives Application Form


  • $3200 for 1 week, including 7 nights/6 days, all but 2 meals, group yoga, all craft curriculum, & a full pre-retreat annotated manuscript reading & consultation* with an action plan for the retreat, plus hands-on support and guidance during the retreat. 

  • $4800 for 2 weeks, including 14 nights/13 days, all but 4 meals, group yoga, all craft curriculum, & a full manuscript reading & consultation.

*Up to 200 pages. Longer manuscripts for additional fee of $5/page.

Not Included: transportation to/from retreat, private 1-on-1 yoga, and private massage appointments. (We will make every effort to arrange carpools from Bay Area airports and transit hubs.) 

If your application is approved, a 50% nonrefundable deposit will be due with your registration to secure your spot. The remaining balance will be due by January 4, 2019. 


Please fill out the form below and submit. After submitting your Application Form, please send a 5-10 page writing sample to with the subject line: (Your Name) Mendocino Retreat Application and pay a $50 application fee through the "Pay Invoice" tab. (The tab will call your application fee a “contribution” but ignore that — it’s a Squarespace quirk for which we haven’t found a workaround. 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 50% deposit (minus the $50 application fee) to hold their spot. Final payments will be due by January 4, 2019.  

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; pages numbered; 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. 

Waiver: 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.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to ask! Contact the Birds & Muses admin team at  


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)
If selected for the Mendocino Writing Intensive, which week would you like to attend? *
If you would like to be considered for either week, or if you would like to be considered to attend both weeks, please note this in your statement on what you hope to accomplish, below.