Clay & Water 2022

Applications for our
Fourth Annual Playwrights’ Retreat

Application Window:  June 15, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Retreat Dates:  TBD – 1st Quarter 2022*

Location:  TBD*

The TBDs
The 2022 Retreat’s dates and location depend on the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19 in our state of Florida and in Clay County.  As of this posting on 6/8/2021, only 28.9% of our county’s population has been fully vaccinated.  That’s not enough to hold an in-person retreat and keep everybody safe. So, we are making parallel plans. We will have either an in-person (approx 6 days: Saturday – Friday) OR a completely virtual retreat (approx 2 weeks).  Both formats are outlined below, and we ask applicants to tell us whether they are applying for In-Person Only, Virtual Only, or Either Format.


* Note: For the virtual Retreat, you do not have to be available all day, every day during that time period. See Requirements and Guidelines below for more information about the schedule and details about each version of the Retreat.


We provide accommodations, a no-pressure developmental reading of your work-in-progress, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area to five selected playwrights.

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Green Cove is a town in northeast Florida first settled in the mid-1800s, best known for its natural sulfur springs and its location on the St. Johns River, a bit south of Jacksonville.

EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to Green Cove Springs. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)

Accommodations are fully covered by Clamour at the historic River Park Inn, a beautiful bed & breakfast just steps away from Spring Park and the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings.

The reading will be open to the public at no charge. It will be fully understood to be an unrehearsed, cold reading for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

We ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the four weekdays in the span of the Retreat. Transportation to and from the school(s) will be provided.

There will be a Welcome Dinner on arrival day and since all playwrights will have accommodations at the same Bed & Breakfast, there will be ample opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and to share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other.

Dramaturgs are not part of the in-person Retreat experience. They are provided as part of the virtual Retreat experience, because those writers are not getting the time away from the distractions of their ordinary lives, the in-person interaction with their fellow writers, and the exposure to a new area with new experiences, people, and sights to see.


Selected playwrights will participate from their own homes. The virtual version of the Retreat will be slightly longer (@ 2 weeks) to enable writers to continue to work at their survival jobs, if necessary, while still providing the developmental readings and plenty of opportunities to interact with each other.

No travel required.

The entire Retreat will take place on Zoom.

No travel required.  Retreat is all on Zoom.

Your very own bed.  You’re not traveling, so you won’t need a hotel room.

Each playwright will get 2 one-on-one meetings with a dramaturg and 2 developmental readings (one private, one public) of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide actors for readings.  Local actors will be given preference whenever possible. We will cast the net wider, if necessary.

The first reading will include you, actors, your dramaturg, and Clamour staff.

The second reading will be open to the public at no charge. It will be fully understood to be an unrehearsed, cold reading for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

We do ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the two week span of the Retreat, so you must be able to take an hour or so out of your daily schedule twice during the Retreat. NOTE:  We are in the Eastern Time Zone. If you are located on the West Coast and the class to which we are invited is a morning class, we will (regretfully) ask you to get up pretty early.

There will be several informal group check-ins throughout the Retreat providing opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and dramaturgs, share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other. We start the Retreat with a Welcome Dinner (via Zoom) and will provide a small meal stipend in lieu of being able to host you at a Board member’s home or a local restaurant.

Each selected writer will be matched with a dramaturg. The dramaturg’s role in the context of this retreat is to provide the playwright with critical feedback, notes, and suggestions on the script. They are here to assist you in shaping your play into the next stage of development, and they can be a set of fresh eyes throughout the process. The dramaturg can also assist with research pertaining to the play’s themes, time period, and support material, if applicable. In addition, the dramaturg is someone who can act as an audience member and really get the feel for the show as a spectator, providing key insight to the play’s strength’s and weaknesses.


Please read and follow these guidelines and application material carefully.

In order to apply, you must:

  • Have a completed draft (both in-person & virtual applications)
    – Draft of a full-length, unproduced non-musical play (60-120 pages) in a standard play script format that requires 2 to 4 actors to perform. (Plays that have had previous developmental readings are acceptable.)
    – No monologues, please.
    – The submitted script should have a character breakdown page immediately following the title page.
    –You may have more than 4 characters as long as all characters can be played by a maximum of 4 actors.
    – We understand that, in revising, you may discover a need for an additional character, and we can be somewhat flexible for the final reading, but we urge you not to hope to circumvent this actor cap by cutting an army out of the submitted draft with a view to adding them later.  We want to provide a stipend to each of our actors. Please help us make that a realistic goal.
  • Be willing and able to work with a dramaturg (virtual applications only)
    – If you do not think your draft is able to be improved and/or are not willing to seriously consider rewrites, this is not the Retreat for you.
  • Be able to spend significant time during the allotted period working on your script on your own (evenings/weekends are fine for the virtual Retreat; in-person Retreat work time is yours to determine outside of the Meet & Greets and the readings).
  • Be available for these activities: (virtual applications only)
    Opening Night & First Weekend (Friday – Sunday)
    – Friday, the first evening of the Retreat – Welcome meeting on Zoom
    – Saturday or Sunday – a one-on-one Zoom meeting with your dramaturg
    Week 1 (Monday – Sunday)
    – Monday evening – group check-in
    – Tuesday – Sunday – a private reading of your play (you, actors, dramaturg, and Clamour staff) at some point during this time to be followed by another one-on-one meeting with your dramaturg
    – Also, at a time TBD this week and next – approximately 1 hour at a time during a normal school day twice to attend a Zoom Q&A session with our local students. (Please note: We have to schedule these Q&A sessions in consultation with the teachers. We will try to have one this week and one the following week, but the final dates are TBD, and we hope you can be flexible as we figure that out.)
    – Friday evening – group cocktail hour
    – Sunday afternoon – group check-in
    Week 2 (Monday – Sunday)
    – Tuesday evening – group check-in
    – Wednesday evening – group cocktail hour
    – Thursday – Sunday – Public readings (1 Thursday evening, 1 Friday evening, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday)
    – Sunday evening – Wrap-Up group meeting

Your application should consist of 3 things:

  1. An email introducing yourself both personally and professionally. Please include:
    – Full contact information (name, address, phone number)
    – Title of the play you are submitting
    – Brief synopsis of the play
    – Brief description of what you think is the next step in your revisions
  2. Your 60-120 page script in standard play format in a 12-point font as an attached PDF. Please name your file: LastName, FirstName – Title.pdf. (We can rename it if we have to, but it would be helpful if you’d save us that step. This naming convention allows us to quickly locate your material.)
  3. A statement as to whether you are applying for the In-Person Retreat Only, the Virtual Retreat Only, or for Either Version

Note that Clamour Theatre Company will make the final determination on which version of the Retreat we will host in 2022 based on writers’ interest and on the state of vaccinations in our areas and how that could affect the safety of our writers, our actors, our audiences, and our staff.

The application window is from

9:00 am Eastern time June 15, 2021 to midnight Eastern time July 31, 2021.

Applications received before or after those dates and times will NOT be considered.

Questions may be sent at any time.

Send your material to:  Elaine at

There is no fee to submit to either version of the Retreat.

Playwrights participating in an In-Person Retreat are responsible for their own transportation to the area and for their own food (excluding the Welcome Dinner and breakfasts which are provided by the B&B).  Any admission fees for optional sight-seeing trips during the In-Person Retreat are also the responsibility of individual writers.  Accommodation costs are covered by Clamour Theatre Company.

Playwrights participating in a Virtual Retreat have no costs, unless participation in a student meet & greet has an impact on that particular writer’s “day job.”

If you applied to a previous retreat and were not accepted at that time, by all means, please apply again.  We’re looking for the right combination of people, so many factors go into selection. You should never feel that not being chosen in any given year is a reflection on your writing.

If you were accepted and attended a previous retreat, as much as we would love to see you again, we’d like to keep meeting new people.  We will probably not be able to invite you back again at this time.

Good question!

We hope to make our selections of plays and playwrights by the end of October.  Final decision on which format Clay & Water 2022 will take is something we are less able to predict since it will be determined by forces outside our control.

We can tell you that you will be notified either way.  We acknowledge receipt of all submissions, so if you get that acknowledgement, and you have not heard from us with an acceptance or regrets, it means that the decisions have not yet been made.   We understand this means you may accept another offer in the meantime.  It’s not an ideal notification policy, but these are less than ideal times. We thank you for your patience and your flexibility.

Normally, we request that you do not apply if you cannot arrange to attend the sessions outlined.  However, in this time of uncertainty, we recognize that final dates and format may mean that an applicant could be selected but unable to attend when the details are finalized.

Once those details ARE finalized, we ask you not to accept if you cannot commit to the full Retreat time period. We also ask all selected playwrights to make every effort to attend the public readings of their colleagues.

Clamour Theatre Company is committed to diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, and experience.


And thank you to the restaurants and many other contributors to our “No Starving Artists” Fund who are helping to feed our guests while they are here!

  • Janet Peterson, dōTERRA Essential Oils
  • Connell CPR Training
  • Annie Grogan
  • The Stokes Family, supporters of Clay County Literacy Coalition
  • Anonymous Finally Friday donor
  • Hair Pros Salon
  • Something Special
  • Two Chic's Eclectic Mix
  • The Guitar Station
  • The Treasure Box
  • Gail Mugler
  • Visual FX
  • Chaney's Home Improvement
  • The Sheik Sandwiches (GCS)
  • Walgreen's
  • Lynne Vincent to Wear


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