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Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

October 24, 2011

1st Annual Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats


photo by Willa Johnson

Once upon a time soon to be, in a cozy  cottage near the sea, writers on retreat will ponder, “Oh what an inspiration to create stories about Tybee Island life these historic  Mermaid Cottages must be.”

Mermaid Cottages  announces our invitation to published authors and journalists to be our guests for our1st Annual Mermaid Cottage Writer Retreats.  From November 2011 through February 2012, invited writers will enjoy the complimentary use of a cottage as a getaway to write and create new literary works.

In exchange for this complimentary vacation cottage stay,  writers agree to submit a short story or essay to Mermaid Cottages to possibly be included in a published compendium of stories about Tybee Island, GAAuthors will agree to license Mermaid Cottages to use their story in a published book, along with proper credit and a biography of each author, on the Mermaid Cottages’ website, and in any way to promote Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

A writer’s story or essay must be a minimum of 1500 words and revolve around Tybee Island, or some aspect of the locale, either as a setting or a subject.  We highly recommend the story line also include in some way the cottage in which the writer stays.  Any literary genre of story or essay is acceptable, including but not limited to memoir, mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, fiction and non-fiction.

An agreement to write and permission to license your story will be part of the application to your Mermaid Cottages retreat.  Stories must be submitted as a Word document within 30 days of the end of your stay at Mermaid Cottages.

We support the arts and want to publicize Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottages as a unique artistic retreat.  It is our hope that these retreats will become a regular feature of our island and the publication of a book of short stories will serve to promote the arts in our area.

Applications will be booked on a first come basis as availability is limited.  Be sure to follow us on our Blog, on Facebook and on Twitter to find out how you can apply for the Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

Once upon a time soon to be writers will be on retreat by the sea.  Our Mermaid Cottages are here to help introduce your characters and bring them to life.  Welcome to the Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

Mermaid Tale: Marsh Mermaid

Welcome to the Marsh Mermaid, the perfect place to get away from it all! This beautiful condo sits directly on Tybee’s beautiful 6th Street Marsh, so you are in for some gorgeous sunsets. Though the home is a duplex, it is extremely private and sound proof. Marsh Mermaid is a newer home perfect for anyone looking for a Mermaid Cottages Experience without the older home. The home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, making it the perfect choice for a family vacation, girls’ weekend, or even a cozy honeymoon retreat!

Marsh Mermaid just enjoyed a makeover, so even if you have visited before, you’ll want to come back and rediscover this haven! Brew a cup of our very own Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee and enjoy the marsh views from your private deck. You must have breakfast at Tybee’s famous Breakfast Club at least once, but if staying in is right up your alley, you’ll enjoy the fully equipped kitchen. There’s even a grill to enjoy a good old fashion bar-b-que if the whim strikes!

Marsh Mermaid resides in a quiet Tybee neighborhood, but you are still close to the beach as well as the Back River area of the island. All of Tybee’s attractions are just minutes from your door, but you’ll also enjoy escaping and cozying up in your private retreat. Stay as connected as you want to be with the complimentary high speed internet and WiFi, or just kick back with a good book. The choice is yours! You’ll enjoy a large front yard, as well as a fenced-in backyard just perfect for your furry travel buddies to enjoy. And of course, your cottage is pet friendly, so please don’t leave them behind!

Don’t wait, Fall is one of the most beautiful season on Tybee Island and there are dates available right now. Plan you trip today and answer the “Why Tybee?” question for yourself! We look forward to hearing from you soon!