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Learn more about various writing conferences, workshops, festivals, residencies, and MFA programs in creative writing.

  • Posted April 20, 2015
  • Write in Spain this Summer

  • July 14-21, 2015;
  • Tavertet, Spain
  • Retreat to beautiful northern Spain to immerse yourself in a supportive week-long writing experience that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, panoramic clifftop views and an excursion to Barcelona. Open to poets, fiction, memoir and nonfiction writers. Our participants say it best: "The program was one of the most enjoyable vacations I ever had. The friendships, the creativity, the workshop, guest speakers and excursions amounted to a trip I will never forget. It helped me as a writer, as a potential novelist, and I'll be back." —Walt, Linwood, NJ. Learn more: www.murphywriting.com/spain

  • Posted April 20, 2015
  • Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference - June 20-26, 2015

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2015
  • June 20-26, 2015
  • "Fantastic – one of the best conferences in the country!” –Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Writers gather beside beautiful Lake Bemidji for intensive weeklong workshops with award-wining faculty: David Gessner, Tayari Jones, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Matt de la Peña, and Joni Tevis. Our Distinguished Visiting Writer is Mark Doty! “The level of engagement the Northwoods Conference allows faculty to have with participants means that we can accomplish an immense amount of quality instruction,” explains Camille Dungy. Fee includes workshops, daily craft-talks, editor/publishing talks, evening readings, events, and meals. Amenities include: manuscript consultations, affordable housing, and recreational activities. Auditor Option deadline: June 10. www.northwoodswriters.org/apply/ Email:

  • Posted April 06, 2015
  • Hollins University Jackson Center for Creative Writing

  • Application deadline: January 6, 2016
  • Over fifty years of achievement in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Talented faculty. Visiting writers. Writer-in-Residence. Graduate Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, and Scholarships. For more information, www.hollins.edu/jackson-center-for-creative-writing/.

  • Posted April 06, 2015
  • CUTTHROAT Online Writing Mentorship

  • Four Week One-On-One Mentorships in poetry, short story, memoir, essay, mixed genre, and flash fiction are $1000. Participant and mentor will Skype and/or email two sessions per week for four weeks. Participants will receive detailed feedback about their work. We offer Six Week Intensive Full Manuscript Evaluations in Poetry, Poetry-In-Translation, Memoir, Short Fiction, the Novel, Screenwriting, and Essay for $2000. Master writers include Beth Alvarado, Doug Anderson, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Joy Harjo, Lorian Hemingway, Linda Hogan, Richard Jackson, Patricia Spears Jones, Marilyn Kallett, William Luvaas, Darlin’ Neal, Meg Pokrass, Melissa Prichard, William Pitt Root, Patricia Smith, Pam Uschuk, and Donley Watt. 970-903-7914. www.cutthroatmag.com

  • Posted April 02, 2015
  • Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers

  • Registration Deadline: May 17, 2015
  • May 18th-22, 2015;
  • University of Houston, Honors College
  • Join a national community of new/emerging writers for a week of small workshops designed to sharpen your skills in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Boldface includes master classes and readings by featured writers in the friendly atmosphere of UH’s campus. Experience the city’s museums, art galleries, bookstores and literary scene alongside the craft talks and manuscript consultations that compliment immersion in writing and editing your work. Faculty are writers from one of the country’s top creative writing programs, and registration is a deal! Housing is available. Discover the elements of professionalism: getting published, applying to graduate school, working for literary arts organizations. Details at boldfaceconference.com

  • Posted April 02, 2015
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Dates vary.
  • Locations vary.
  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Dubai, Crete, Barcelona, Prague, Singapore, and Dublin. "I wrote my first published memoir because of this class. The instructors are magicians! They gently pushed us into discovering our unique creativity."—Carroll Blue, author of the memoir The Dawn at my Back. We use many different techniques to help you find your way through the novel, memoir, or script you are writing or hope to write. You will do free writing, guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling, memoir and even some rudimentary drawing, collage and photography. Learn how to stay inspired and overcome writers block.
  • Posted April 02, 2015
  • The Frost Place: Poetry Conferences at Robert Frost's Former Home

  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • June 21-25, July 12-18, August 2-8;
  • The Frost Place, Franconia, NH
  • The Frost Place’s Summer Poetry Programs offer many ways to immerse oneself in poetry at Robert Frost’s former home in the beautiful White Mountains of NH.
    Conference on Poetry and Teaching—June 21–25, 2015—Classroom teachers and highly skilled poet/teachers share time-tested approaches to making poetry an essential element of the classroom. Both graduate credit and CEUs are available.
    Conference on Poetry—July 12–18, 2015—"an intensive poetry camp" with writers who are committed to the craft of writing poetry
    Poetry Seminar—August 2–8, 2015—small group setting, one-on-one faculty meetings, a dynamic and supportive environment. www.frostplace.org

  • Posted March 31, 2015
  • Join A Vibrant Literary Community in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Claim your voice in an inclusive community of writers and scholars at Mills College. Located in Oakland, California, Mills offers innovative MFA programs in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book art. You’ll work with outstanding faculty committed to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative. At Mills, you will grow as a reader, writer, and artist so you can publish your work, perform, teach, or join the dynamic publishing and editing world. Learn more about Mills College at www.mills.edu/english.

  • Posted March 30, 2015
  • Writers in New York: NYU's Summer Program

  • Application/Registration Deadline: Rolling
  • May 26-June 18, 2015
  • New York City
  • Writers in New York offers students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction an opportunity to develop their craft while living the writer's life in Greenwich Village. Daily workshops and craft seminars are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Faculty include Cris Beam, Matthew Rohrer, Darin Strauss, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Helen Schulman, Elissa Schappell, Rachel Zucker, and Joanna Yas (Director). Recent visiting writers and editors include Lydia Davis, Chad Harbach, A. M. Homes, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Sam Lipsyte, Eileen Myles, Ed Park, Dani Shapiro, and Wells Tower. The program offers eight undergraduate credits. All writers are welcome to apply. cwp.fas.nyu.edu/page/summer

  • Posted March 30, 2015
  • Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • The Fine Arts Work Center offers inspiring year-round writing workshops. Work with renowned Summer Program Workshop Faculty to develop your craft within a supportive community of students, faculty, and staff. Our spectacular location at the tip of Cape Cod’s spiral is the perfect place to escape the routine of everyday life. Here is the time and space to concentrate on what truly matters—your creative work. 24PearlStreet Workshops offer an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized writers. Focus on doing your best work under the guidance of exceptional faculty, no matter where you are or what your schedule. fawc.org

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