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Mermaids Who Create Retreats

Mermaids Who Create 2014 was wonderful!  Follow our Blog to learn more about these incredible writers, artists and creators.  Tybee has a full calendar in 2015, so we’ll look to invite the next group of Mermaids Who Create in 2016.  If you’ve contacted us to express your interest in participating, we have your contact information on our waiting list and we’ll let you know when the next group will be invited to come and create with us!

Mermaid Manor circa 1935


In exchange for this complementary vacation cottage stay, writers, photographers and artists agree to submit a short story, essay, photographs, paintings, screen plays and theatrical scripts to Mermaid Cottages to possibly be included in a published compendium of stories and art works about Tybee Island, GAAuthors and Artists will agree to license Mermaid Cottages to use their story in a published book to display their art and photographs, along with proper credit and a biography of each author, artist or photographer on the Mermaid Cottages website, and in any way to promote Mermaids Who Create 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 artist’s/photographer’s work must portray local scenes of life on Tybee Island and in some way include the cottage in which the artist/photographer stays.

Participants are responsible for:

* Transportation

* Meals and recreation

* $69 Reservations Fee

* Housekeeping (ranges from $100-$200 according to the individual cottage offered)

* Pet Fee if you’re bringing a pet

* Fees due and payable by check prior to arrival (Reservations Fee, Housekeeping Fee and Pet Fee, if applicable)

An agreement to write and permission to license your story will be part of the application to your Mermaids Who Create Retreat.  Stories must be submitted as a Word document within 30 days of the end of your stay at Mermaid Cottages.  Likewise, an agreement to complete and permission to license an artist’s or a photographer’s work will also be a part of the application, with the completed submission due within 30 days of the end of your stay.

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 and artistic works will serve to promote the arts in our area.

Be sure to follow us on our Blog, on Facebook, Google+ and on Twitter to learn more about the Mermaids Who Create Retreats.

2nd Annual Mermaids Who Create Rereats

12 thoughts on “Mermaids Who Create Retreats”

  1. I would love the chance to be involved in your artist retreat. It sounds like a wonderful time. please let me know how to be notified of the 2015 event.
    Thank you,

  2. I would love to be a part of the 2015 writing retreat.Please tell me it’s not too late

  3. Nicole Starleigh Nieddu

    I’m very interested in the 2016 retreats. It’s perfect timing, as I’ll be wrapping up my current project this year and am looking forward to embarking on the next one. 🙂

  4. I am interested in the writers retreat for 2016. Please call or e-mail me when you can.
    Thank you.

  5. 2017 May 4

    Good Afternoon,

    I am working on my book and am trying to secure a quiet away from home hide out for two uninterrupted weeks. Is Mermaid Cottages still standing on it’s legs? My dates are flexible: 2nd week in June – July 30.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Cynie Cory

  6. Ahoy, Cynie!

    How exciting to be working on a new book! Unfortunately, the dates you’re requesting are in the middle of high season and we won’t be able to offer any comp stays or any discounts. If you’d still like to visit during this time, please email your request to visitmermaid@gmail.com and our Mermaid-on-Duty will be happy to help plan your visit!

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