FAQ

Be sure to read the overview page, too!

HOW DO I APPLY?
Click Here. Apply anytime between August 15-September 1, 2019.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Anyone that is over 18 years old and a writer and wants to spend a weekend digging into their craft and their story. The space is geared towards working writers, emerging writers, and writers that work well in communal settings.

HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
$400

WHY DOES IS COST SO MUCH?
Each weekend, there are 10 writers in attendance, plus Desireé. Through the experience of passed years of The Heart of It, we’ve learned that 11 people is a comfortable total number. In order to cover costs, the cost-per-person has gone up from previous years.
Your tuition goes towards food, supplies for the weekend, ground transportation for each fellow (from the ABQ airport to the retreat house and back), Desireé’s labor, house maintenance, paying the groundskeeper (Jo Ann), and any incidentals that may come up. 
Each year, we receive scholarship donations, but those don’t become available until about December, once all donations are collected. If you are eligible for a scholarship and their are funds, you may receive funding.
Each year, selected folks have received scholarships that cover 25%-75% of tuition. 

CAN I DONATE?
Yes, that would be amazing. You can donate here.

WILL I BE ABLE TO SPEND ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH DESIREE?
Yes. Desireé is present all weekend. She participates in workshops, cooks, cleans, sits around the fire, and is very much hanging out.

WHO ELSE WILL BE THERE?
Desiree, one alumni, and 9 new fellows. Jo Ann, the groundskeeper, lives in the East House and will be present. She will be around to answer any questions about the space and help with anything that may go array in the space. She also has a glass-blowing studio in the East House, and she will gladly lead you through a demonstration. Desireé’s dog, Kala, will also be in attendance.

DESIREE IS BRINGING HER PITBULL. I’M SCARED OF DOGS.
Then this may not be the best fit for you. Kala (Desireé’s dog) has attended every THOI retreat, and is generally mild mannered and mostly sleeps. She’s well-trained and socialized, and mostly just enjoys being pet and listening to poems. She is fearful of men, hats/other head accessories, and things she can’t see clearly. She’s a rescue, and comes with rescue dog things. If you have any other questions about sharing space with Kala, send Desireé an email.

I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS. 
No problem! We get to know everyones dietary needs and accommodate all needs and requests.

CAN MY PET/CHILD/PARTNER COME?
No. This weekend is for you.

I DON’T FEEL QUALIFIED.
You are qualified.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes. Those will become available later in the year. For more information on this, email Desireé or DM her on ig.

WHY IS THIS RETREAT SO SHORT?
Most of the attendees have jobs or are in school. By doing a Friday-Monday retreat, this allows folks to take minimal time off from work or their studies.
If you are returning to the alumni retreat, you will have the option to add days on the front or back ends of the retreat.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS
Awesome. Email Desiree here.