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

  • Posted December 01, 2015
  • Practice Your Craft along Southern Maryland's St. Mary's River

  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • June 19-25, 2016;
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2016. Join a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for a week of lectures, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, all led by accomplished faculty; this year we'll also be offering a multi-genre youth workshop. In your free time, explore southern Maryland’s beaches and restaurants, or just write on the banks of the St. Mary’s River. June 19-25, 2016. College credit available. Rolling admissions.

  • Posted November 09, 2015
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Dates vary.
  • Locations vary.
  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Dubai, Crete, Barcelona, Prague, Singapore, and Provence. "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 November 05, 2015
  • The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline

  • Students in Hamline’s Creative Writing Programs (CWP) are part of a series of outstanding programs in creative writing—undergraduate and graduate—in the heart of a dynamic and rich literary community. CWP students have at their fingertips not only the resources at Hamline—the only university in the United States with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine—but the cultural and literary bounty of the Twin Cities.

  • Posted November 04, 2015
  • Bring Your Writing to the World

  • Writing is the labor that nourishes you. Crafting sentences, shaping phrases, revising and refining language for your audience—these efforts keep you up at night, or wake you at dawn. At Lesley University, you’ll find a community where you’ll be mentored and challenged by teaching writers who share your passion for literary art. Located in literary Cambridge, Massachusetts, our MFA in Creative Writing program is ranked the #4 low-residency MFA program by Poets and Writers. Here, you’ll realize your aspirations in the company of committed authors who, like you, are deeply engaged in their craft and readying their work for publication.

  • Posted November 04, 2015
  • MFA Program in Creative Writing at UMASS Boston

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2016
  • A selective three-year program that admits approximately five applicants in fiction and poetry each academic year, UMB MFA offers an intense and focused opportunity for students to further their commitment to writing as the center of their professional lives. Through a combination of mentoring by accomplished faculty in a series of creative writing workshops, courses focused on the study of literature, and electives that include the practice of literary editing and the teaching of creative writing, students will have the guidance to develop and shape their work to the full extent of their talent. Our students and graduates publish widely, and find jobs they love.

  • Posted November 03, 2015
  • Arizona MFA

  • Application deadline: January 1, 2016
  • The University of Arizona is a fully funded program in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with active encouragement to work across genres. The UA MFA features a world-class faculty, the Poetry Center, Sonora Review, Fairy Tale Review and multiple reading series and professional opportunities. A program at once supportive and demanding, the UA MFA produces graduates who publish in top venues. The UA MFA is located in Tucson, a progressive, inexpensive, and vibrant border town with great food, music, visual culture, and near-by world-class hiking in the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island mountains. 16 January 2016 application deadline.

  • Posted November 03, 2015
  • Writing at Western State Colorado University

  • Western State Colorado University offers a 25-month low-residency MFA and a 13-month low-residency MA and Certificate in Publishing. Academic concentrations are Genre Fiction, Screenwriting (Film & TV), and Poetry. All programs focus on craft and include both manuscript review and rigorous study of genre. Intensives take place each July in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and include attendance at our national conference, Writing the Rockies. Contact program director: Dr. David J. Rothman, . 970.943.2058.

  • Posted November 02, 2015
  • Give the Gift of Writing: The Southeast Review’s Writer’s Regimen

  • Deadline: December 1, 2015
  • Help a friend (or yourself!) write through the holidays with The Writer's Regimen, a month-long project for poets, essayists, and fiction writers who want a daily dose of inspiration. Participants receive thirty consecutive emails packed with writing prompts, reading-writing exercises, craft talks, and more, plus a mailed copy of The Southeast Review and the opportunity to enter the Writer’s Regimen contest. The December Writer’s Regimen features craft talks from Stephen Kampa, Sandra Meek, Lisa Sanchez Powers, and Greg Wrenn. A subscription is $15, or just 50 cents a day. Learn more and sign up by December 1st at

  • Posted November 02, 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


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