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

  • Posted October 23, 2014
  • Present at the 2015 Windhover Writers' Festival

  • Submission deadline: December 1, 2014
  • February 18-20, 2015;
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • We invite writers of creative nonfiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to submit their work to be considered for presentation at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's 2015 Windhover Writer’s Festival, held February 18-20. Selections should not exceed fifteen minutes of reading time. Please include with your selection a short biography. Artists, scholars, teachers, or students of creative writing may submit 300-500 word abstracts for presentations on the role of faith in the artist’s life or work, critiques of contemporary faith-inspired artists, or any other relevant topic. Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to by December 1. academics.umhb.edu/writersfestival/

  • Posted October 16, 2014
  • Western MFA Accepting Applications for Fall 2015

  • Application deadline: Year-round
  • Western State Colorado University offers a 25-month low-residency MFA and a 13-month low-residency MA. Intensives take place each July in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and include attendance at our conference, Writing the Rockies. Concentrations are Genre Fiction, Screenwriting (Film & TV), and Poetry with an Emphasis on Versecraft. Western also offers a Certificate in Publishing. We are the new home of THINK, a national journal of poetry and criticism.
  • Posted October 15, 2014
  • University of Guelph MFA in Creative Writing

  • Toronto, Canada
  • The University of Guelph offers an innovative and intensive two-year MFA in Creative Writing located in Toronto. Defining characteristics include the plenary courses Writers on Writing and Writers in the World, the participation of stellar faculty and a diverse range of writers from Canada and abroad, and a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer. We offer workshops in creative nonfiction, drama, fiction and poetry. Extracurricular programs include panels, master classes, a reading series, and a teaching practicum in downtown Toronto schools. Other links—with literary festivals, Humber College, and Toronto theatres—provide MFA students with extraordinary possibilities for professional development.
  • Posted October 14, 2014
  • UA Poetry Center Summer Residency Contest

  • Deadline: December 15, 2014
  • June 1 - August 31;
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Residency Program has offered writers an opportunity to develop their work. Beginning in Spring 2014, the Poetry Center will award one residency each summer for a poet to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply; emerging writers are welcome. The residency includes a $150 stipend per week and a two-week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. Learn more at poetry.arizona.edu/contests.
  • Posted October 13, 2014
  • 2014 Other Words Literary Conference

  • November 6-8, 2014
  • Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Theme: Writing and Protest: Civil Rights, and the Rights for All
    The city of St. Augustine will be holding events throughout the year, remembering its role in the Voting Rights Act signed 50 years ago. Our conference theme is about politics and writing broadly defined. However we entertain all ideas. The conference will feature panels, readings, a book fair, and a special exhibit created by Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes. For details on registration and other matters, please see www.floridarts.org.
  • Posted October 12, 2014
  • Eastern Oregon University Low Residency MFA

  • Application deadline: March 15, 2015
  • Accepting applications for our June 2015 residency, June 15-27, 2015. Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Wilderness Writing workshops, multi-genre craft seminars, panels, visiting writers, student readings and performances. Join writer-mentors David Axelrod, Susan Denning, Justin Hocking, Chris Howell, Carter Sickels, Jodi Varon,and Lidia Yuknavitch for an early summer of intensive work in Northeast Oregon's Grande Ronde Valley. Learn more at eou.edu/mfa.

  • Posted October 09, 2014
  • Write or Rewrite Your Novel Step by Step

  • Registration deadline: Year-round
  • This novel writing program, created by NYC business professionals, is for serious writers who wish to become career commercial authors. You write or rewrite the entire novel manuscript as you progress methodically through the 16 parts of the program with the aim being to make your ms as commercially competitive as possible on all levels. Review the program syllabus and the home page FAQ for more details, including information about the potential of agency representation:
  • Posted October 02, 2014
  • 2015 Todos Santos Writers Workshop in Baja California Sur

  • Registration deadline: December 15, 2014
  • January 26-31, 2015
  • Join us in our "Pueblo Magico" by the sea for a 5-day intensive workshop for writers at all levels interested in fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Faculty: Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist) Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), plus afternoon seminars with guest novelist Jonathan Penner, literary agent Meg Thompson, Baja poet Edmundo Lizardi, UC Irvine Prof of Spanish & Portuguese Viviane Mahieux, and Donald Cosentino, UCLA Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, on “Tricksters, Heroes and Trickster/Heroes.” One-on-one mentoring options. Boutique hotel discounts available. More info and application: www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com.
  • Posted September 29, 2014
  • 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 and Professor, SDSU, CA. In The Creativity Workshop we use many different techniques to help you find your way through the novel, essay, poem, 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.
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