Dear friends, colleagues, and supporters, 

I have the great honor of being a Lambda Writer's Retreat Fellow in the 2018 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the nation's premier LGBTQ writing residency. This year's poetry workshop will be held by Ryka Aoki, a poet I greatly admire, and will occur in Los Angeles in August. 

I have been fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from Lambda Literary for my tuition but need your help with the remaining costs. You contributions will help cover boarding fees and meals at Otis College of Art and Design, and will provide what I need to develop my art and engage in this inimitable experience. This retreat is a complete dream and I'm over the moon to be attending. Your contribution means the world. 

Thank you all truly for your support, donations, and sharing of this fundraiser to others! 

Dana Alsamsam
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The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one’s craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers.


$375 Raised

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