Muslim Storytellers In-Community Retreats: Call for Applications

In-Person | Essential Conversations, In-Community Retreats
These immersive experiences offer a supportive space for Muslim writers and illustrators to craft and share their stories, with limited after dinner programming to connect with fellow retreaters and find ways to amplify the voices and stories at our retreat and beyond.

February 1 - February 1

Highlights Foundation Campus

CALL FOR INTEREST IN 2024 MUSLIM STORYTELLER RETREATS

AT THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION RETREAT CENTER

Muslim Storytellers Gathered in the Barn

Thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Bridges Program, the Highlights Foundation is able to host programming for Muslim Storytellers through 2025. The Building Bridges Program supports national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities.

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Looking for Additional Programming Specifically for Muslim Storytellers?

Opportunities will continue at the Highlights Foundation through 2025, thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Foundation.  We are planning a Whole Novel Workshop, a Crash Course in Children’s Publishing, and these in-community retreats.  To be notified when the application periods open for future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

Overview

Experience an in-community retreat designed for Muslim storytellers. Accepted applicants will receive full lodging and meals, along with up to $400 in travel stipend.

In-person 4-Day/3-Night Retreats, May 22 – 25, 2024 or September 5 – 8, 2024

These immersive experiences offer a supportive space for Muslim writers and illustrators (published or unpublished) to craft and share their stories, with limited after dinner programming to connect with fellow retreaters and find ways to amplify the voices and stories at our retreat and beyond.  This program is funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Bridges Program. The Building Bridges Program supports national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities. The program aims to further that bridge-building mission by creating space for more diverse, authentic Muslim narratives for children and young adults, and by addressing common misperceptions of those narratives in the children’s publishing industry.

  • These are application based, in-person retreats at our Retreat Center for Muslim Storytellers
  • Apply by February 1, 2024;
  • Attendance is limited to 24 storytellers per retreat;
  • Accepted applications will receive a funded stay (lodging and meals) plus up to $400 in travel stipend;
  • Storytellers will be selected based on goals of the program and space available during each retreat.
  • Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2024 of status.

Testimonials from Our Community

“This experience was transformational not just as an author, but as a Muslim, who grew up in the US, and has never had the chance to know what it feels like to be part of the majority.”

“Honestly is has been an amazing experience so far. I love the community aspect that is there for you regardless of where you are in your project.”

 

For more about the retreat center and Muslim Storyteller support at the Highlights Foundation, please visit:

DETAILS

February 1 - February 1

Highlights Foundation Campus

362 Boyds Mills Road
Milanville, PA 18443

The Highlights Foundation strives for a safe and inclusive environment. You will have access to our Community Standards prior to the workshop where we ask for your respectful engagement with fellow creatives, including our faculty and staff.

LOCATION

All in-person Highlights Foundation workshops and retreats (including this one) are held at our Retreat Center: The Barn at Boyds Mills.  This site was the home of the original founders of Highlights for Children Garry and Caroline Myers, and is located in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania on the traditional and contemporary lands of the Lenape Nation.

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Shuttle service is included from the local airport and bus stations, or you can park on site. You’ll receive more information about logistics after you register.

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.