2021 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Application Information

Please Note:

Applications for 2021 summer retreats have closed. 

The details below are for informational purposes only.

The Residency

Deadline & Fee

Selection Process

Next Steps

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is celebrating its 10th anniversary! We anticipate returning to our in-person residencies this summer, after having "virtual residencies" in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Board will decide if we must move to virtual residencies in late April, before we make our final selection. We are hosting 9 consecutive weeklong residencies between June 27 and August 29 in summer 2021 for musical theatre writing teams. Each team receives a private retreat and lives in their own home in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY. There is only one musical theatre writing team in residence each week. There are no actors available, as this retreat focuses solely on writing.

All the writers' costs are covered by our generous donors including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, The Noël Coward Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. Thanks to them, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides each writing team:

  • A fully furnished private home for one week, Sunday to Sunday

  • Food – you shop on your first day and cook for yourself

  • Pianos – an upright acoustic piano and Yamaha P125 digital keyboard.

  • Travel – For writers living in the New York City area, we cover round trip train from NYC to Poughkeepsie. If you have a car, we reimburse your gas. If writers live outside of NYC and need to fly in, we reimburse actual air fare up to $750 per writer.

  • A $600 stipend for each writer

  • Peer advisor – We'll decide together which of our Sounding Board members (artistic advisors) will work with you before you arrive in Rhinebeck to provide dramaturgical guidance and discuss your goals for your week.

If you submit your application before February 18th at 6:00pm EST, there is no fee.
If you submit your application between February 18th at 6:01pm EST and the final deadline of February 25th at 6:00pm EST, there is a $25 application fee.  You will be automatically prompted to pay after you hit “Submit” on the online application page.
If the fee poses a problem for you, please email us at asst@rhinebeckwriters.org.

There are two rounds of evaluation. In the first round, each application is reviewed by 2 readers. You will know by early April whether or not your application will continue to the final round. In the final round, all applications are read by members of our Sounding Board, who consider the quality of the musical and the writers' goals for their week as stated in your application's "Background and Artistic Goals." The final selection will be announced in mid-May.

Before you begin the online application, you must read "Eligibility & Guidelines". 

This page lists all you need to gather to complete the application and has the link to the online application. We strongly recommend you have all your information ready before you begin the application.  You will not be able to save your work and will need to complete it in one sitting.  

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email asst@rhinebeckwriters.org.

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