CALL FOR INTEREST IN 2024 MUSLIM STORYTELLER RETREATS
AT THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION RETREAT CENTER
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.
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.
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These immersive experiences offer a supportive space for Muslim writers and illustrators (published or unpublished) to craft and share their stories, with limited after dinner programming to connect with fellow retreaters and find ways to amplify the voices and stories at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.”