SLS Georgia

After the remarkable success of our flagship 2017 program in Tbilisi, Georgia, we will be returning in 2018, from July 15–29.  The rich literary tradition and culture of Georgia has inspired countless international poets and writers, including Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetaeva, among others.

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Tbilisi is a cobblestoned city situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Georgia boasts unspoiled natural beauty, from the beaches of the black Sea to the heights of the Caucasus Mountains. Land of mythical Jason and the Golden Fleece, the world’s first cultivated vineyards and winemaking, and the whimsical folk art of Pirosmani, its residents are known for their warm hospitality. Named one of the best places to travel in 2017 by Vogue magazine and the “Lisbon of 2018” by CNN, Tbilisi has emerged as a premier destination for arts, culture, and gastronomy in the past few years.

Continuing in the SLS tradition, our program in Georgia will foster cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. Participants will work closely with Georgian literary figures and international writers. To this end, our base in Tbilisi will be the Writer’s House of Georgia, a breathtaking Art Nouveau mansion and cultural centre. 


The 2018 program will feature:

  • intensive workshops led by SLS instructors
  • 1-1 consultations with writers and editors in residence
  • talks about local literary culture and politics from experts in the field
  • readings from both our own faculty and from guests
  • visits to the Literary Museum of Georgia and other museums of interest
  • day trips to nearby locations, e.g. the caucus mountains and monastery in Kazbegi, the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe


For the intensive workshops, our faculty includes such luminaries as

  • Tara Isabella Burton
  • Jonathan Garfinkel
  • Sana Krasikov
  • Maaza Mengiste
  • Ariana Reines
  • Terese Svoboda
  • Jenny Zhang


With writers and editors in residence

  • Jaquira Diaz
  • Sergey Gandlevsky
  • Linor Goralik
  • Anna Halberstadt
  • Virginia Konchan
  • Gabriel Louis
  • Alexander Stessin


Full faculty biographies are available here.

This amazing city — hospitable, beautiful, and rich in ancient culture — has an endless amount to offer writers. We’re extremely excited to return, and to work with some of the world’s leading literary figures this summer.

Cost: $1950 USD

Dates: July 15–29

To apply to SLS Georgia, click here.

For further logistical and payment information, please visit the Information for Participants page.

For financial awards, please see our Fiction and Poetry Contest.

We hope to see you there!