Now Accepting for the Wild Seeds Writers Retreat (Winter 2020)

Let Your Creativity Flow!

Accepting Applications for Playwrights and Screenwriters (Winter 2020).

Top 5 Things You Should Know About This Retreat:

  1. Dates: Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23
  2. Deadline to Apply: Thursday, January 16, 2020 (selected fellows will be notified on or after January 30).
  3. Retreat Location: Medgar Evers College, CUNY (located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY)
  4. Genres: Playwriting and Screenwriting
  5. Tuition: $400 (there is a non-refundable $25 application fee; details below)

Come enjoy one-on-one and small group sessions in a nurturing environment.


The Wild Seeds Writers Retreat (formally the North Country Institute & Retreat for Writers of Color) is a collaboration with the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY; the English Department at SUNY, Plattsburgh; and the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers. It provides a nurturing writing environment where established writers and newly discovered writers of color can focus on the craft of writing and create cross-cultural conversations around the literature created by writers of the African Diaspora. Writing fellows have an opportunity to draw upon their experiences as writers in a racialized society; to become knowledgeable about the issues and concerns facing writers of color; and to study with a professional in the genres of fiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting.

The first retreat, held in 2004, was highly successful and featured poet Sonia Sanchez, author Tony Medina, and writer Indira Ganesan. Subsequent faculty workshop leaders have included nonfiction writer Patrice Gaines; poets Martin Espada, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Aracelis Girmay; and writers Jeffrey Renard Allen, Marita Golden, Victor LaValle, and Bernice McFadden among many others.

Wild Seeds alternates between the Valcour Educational and Conference Center in Plattsburgh, New York, and the campus of Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York.


Cedric Hill - Screenwriting Faculty

A well-rounded background as a technical director, actor, stagehand, writer and producer has influenced and prepared Cedric Hill for the role he relishes most, director. The art of telling stories well has been a driving force for Mr. Hill throughout his career. With more than a decade of professional expertise, he seamlessly traverses between theater and film using his innate curiosity to produce works replete with depth and meaning.

To gratify his need to produce works of substance, Mr. Hill founded To and Fro Productions, LLC, in 2005. As executive producer he wears many hats from developing scripts, creating budgets and casting to writing, engineering production strategy and directing. Under his leadership, the company has produced staged readings, plays, documentaries, shorts, and feature-length films. These endeavors have been showcased at festivals domestically and abroad while garnering national media attention.

Projects of note include Lunatics Lovers & Actors (producer, co-director), Homeland (line producer), Jimmy and the Double Barrel (producer), I Do (writer), Outwordly Fabulous (producer, director), Passing (producer, director), Shades of War (producer, director) and Acceptable Losses (writer, producer, director).

As a freelancer Mr. Hill, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers, has served as producer and/or director for a number of projects creating PSAs, training videos and short films. The culmination of his experience lends itself to the benefit of students taking the Acting for Film courses he instructs at the New York Film Academy.

Cedric Hill's aspiration of filmmaking almost didn't come to fruition. In 2002 he suffered the loss of both kidneys and his dreams of spending 15 hour days on set quickly turned to the reality of spending four hours a day, three days a week on a dialysis machine. In an unexpected plot twist, Mr. Hill received a "second chance" when he was gifted a kidney from an Iraq War Veteran who had befriended Mr. Hill a decade earlier while the two studied Theater at Rowan University.

The New Jersey native and resident spends his downtime honing his culinary arts skills, studying history, and sharing a good chuckle with family and cherished loved ones. | From IMDb Mini Biography By Haasan Morse, Morse Code PR. Inc.

Playwriting Faculty (to be announced)



  1. Playwriting: Submit 10 - 20 pages of your script
  2. Screenwriting: Submit 15 - 20 pages of your script
  3. Please paginate all submissions.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Do Not Submit Full Manuscripts.
  5. Materials Must Include:
  • cover letter indicating your preferred genre. It must also include your name, telephone number, postal mailing address, and email address.
  • Your cover letter must also express your reasons for wanting to participate in Wild Seeds Writers Retreat and how you believe you would benefit from this experience. Also include a brief description of the project you are presently working on, if applicable, and  background information on you as a writer.
  • A paginated writing sample.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your writing.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25 (more details below).

Submissions not in adherence to the parameters may be subject to disqualification.

Submit electronically (via email) to: (and be sure to send a copy to In the subject heading, put “Wild Seeds Submission, YOUR NAME, YOUR GENRE]. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

To submit via postal mail, send to:

Center for Black Literature
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225


Writing fellows interested in participating in this retreat can apply online or via postal mail. See info on this page.

All dates, times, and instructors noted here are subject to change.

To apply, download the application HERE. You will be directed to the Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) in order to make an electronic payment. Please select the "Wild Seeds" option.

To returning fellows (those who have participated within the last 12 months):

  • You must complete the application, indicating which retreat for which you're applying.
  • The $25 application fee is required as well as a cover letter.
  • Unless submitting for a different genre, you do not have to resubmit your text. If submitting for a different genre you should submit relevant text for consideration.
  • If you have previously received a scholarship, note that scholarships will be first made available to NEW applicants and then to re-applying fellows.
  • References will not be required if resubmitting.

If you do not see your questions answered on this page, please see the "Frequently Asked Questions" on the description page or contact CBL at (718) 804-8883. You can also send an email to


  • January 16: Deadline for applications.
  • January 30: Notification of Acceptance (date is approximate)
  • February 07: Confirmation of Acceptance by fellows
  • February 10: Fellows to send instructor(s) sections of their work for assessment
  • February 15: Deadline for fellows to pay tuition
  • February 20-23: Retreat at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
  • NOTE: Days generally start at 10:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM (unless otherwise determined by instructor).

Learn more about upcoming retreats and background information here. All dates and times are subject to change.


  1. Tuition is $400 for all four days.
  2. The application fee is $25. To pay the $25 application fee, click HERE.
  3. Payment plans are available for those who are accepted to the program. Contact us for details.
  4. Once accepted, fellows must make payment in full by February 15, 2020.
  5. Once accepted, tuition will be collected by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RFCUNY) on behalf of the Center for Black Literature of Medgar Ever College, CUNY. Click HERE to make a payment or a contribution via the RF Tuition Payment System [this is for selected fellows only].
  6. REMINDER: selected fellows will receive official communication from the Center for Black Literature around January 30th.


If you have questions or need more information, contact Maēshay k. Lewis at (718) 804-8882 or via email at Alternatively, contact Clarence Reynolds at (718) 804-8881 or via email at