Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color – 2019 Summer Opportunities Available

For Authors Both Seasoned and Aspiring Looking for Private Spaces to Write…

Energize Your Creative Spirit

Founded in 1997, The Paden Institute offers writers of color an opportunity to work on their writing in a rustic cottage situated on the shores of Lake Champlain in Essex, New York.

The *Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color is a summer project that provides an opportunity and environment for writers who wish to “get away” to seriously pursue their writing projects. There is no lodging charge for selected applicants.

Each year, the Paden Institute selects up to three writers to spend a separate period of time during the months of July and August at a cottage in Essex, New York. This rural but newly renovated, one-bedroom furnished cottage accommodates two people and is located on 10 acres of secluded property on Lake Champlain. There is access to a lakefront, swimming pool, and boats. Burlington, Vermont, can be easily reached via a ferry, which docks two miles north of the resident cottage. Residents MUST furnish their own amenities and supplies.

This location is also on the grounds of an Underground Railroad Station; and is near John Brown’s Farm (tours can be independently arranged for the latter).

Although writers are not charged for their residency, there is a $20 nonrefundable application fee. Writers are responsible for providing their own transportation, writing and communication equipment, housekeeping and living expenses.

For more information and details, please contact Charles Touhey at

How to Apply

  • Complete application
  • Create a cover letter indicating WHY you wish to be a WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE at Paden
  • Provide three (3) References [provide: name, telephone number, address, and e-mail of each reference]
  • Provide Dates you wish to use the facilities (July/August ONLY)

Download Application: Paden Institute Application

Checks/ Money Orders are to be made out to “Paden Institute for Writers of Color”,
mailed WITH the application to:

Charles Touhey
Pine West Plaza, Building #2
Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, New York 12205

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* The Paden Institute for Writers of Color is a separate entity from the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. However, the two organizations work in collaboration and in support of projects relating to the education and training of writers who are willing to work and develop their craft across the genres.