Writer’s Retreat for Educators

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is excited to announce a new opportunity for educators with a student who received recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the New Orleans Writing Marathon.

Two educators will be invited to participate in the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project’s annual New Orleans Writing Marathon. The selected educator-writers will join nearly 50 other participants for a five-day writing retreat where they will have the opportunity to write about anything they want, without criticism or evaluation, and interact with other educators and writers. The retreat will be held July 13–17, 2020.

This opportunity is generously made possible through the Dr. Ernest B. Fleishman Educators’ Fund.

How to Apply:

The online application will open on February 3 and close on March 5, 2020. In the meantime, educators may view a sample application here.


Applicant must be the educator of at least one student who has received regional (Honorable Mention, Silver Key, Gold Key) recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The recognition can be for art or writing.

About the Retreat:

Beginning as an experimental workshop at a conference in Louisiana, the New Orleans Writing Marathon has become a signature event for writers nationwide. The five-day retreat in the French Quarter provides both the structure and the freedom for participants to attain an unparalleled level of concentration as they immerse themselves in the writing process and their surroundings.

The Selection Process:

Two educator-writers will be selected through a competitive juried process. The committee’s criteria will focus on the quality of the submitted work.

Included in the Retreat:

A $500 Award will be granted to each educator-writer, in addition to a $1,000 stipend for their travel and/or incidentals. Hotel accommodations will also be provided.

About the Dr. Ernest B. Fleishman Educators’ Fund:

The Dr. Ernest B. Fleishman Educators’ Fund allows the Alliance to provide recognition, professional-development opportunities, and classroom materials to educators whose students excel in the Awards, especially those from under-resourced communities. The fund was formed in recognition of Dr. Ernest B. Fleishman, a champion of educators, long-time member of the Alliance Board of Directors, and former senior executive at Scholastic Inc.