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

  • Posted March 23, 2015
  • 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference // May 22-24

  • Registration deadline: May 20, 2015
  • May 22-24, 2015;
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Three days dedicated to the art and craft of memoir, magazine writing, personal essays, and more. Join us in Pittsburgh this spring for the 3rd annual Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference! Agents and editors from Slate, BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, Brevity, and CNF will help you learn how to find your voice, craft compelling true stories in the first person, and get published.

  • Posted March 11, 2015
  • Practice Your Craft along the St. Mary’s River

  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • July 12-18, 2015;
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2015. 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. In your free time, explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, and restaurants, or just write on the banks of the St. Mary’s River. July 12-18, 2015. College credit available. Rolling admissions.

  • Posted March 02, 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.

  • Posted March 02, 2015
  • Write in the Heart of Appalachia

  • Application deadline extended to April 1, 2015
  • Summer Residency: July 3-12, 2015;
  • Buckhannon, WV
  • “There are times when I know I get things right. This has been one of those times.”—Cathy Stroud, Nonfiction Student. “I have never felt so much a part of a community before.”—Jeremy Bryant, Nonfiction Student. WVWC is now accepting students (nonfiction, fiction, poetry) for summer/fall. Apply by April 1, or by October 1 for Winter/spring. Wesleyan offers the opportunity to emphasize the connection between place and identity. Faculty-student ratio of 1:4. Affordability, rigor, a uniquely strong sense of community. Visit or email Program Director Jessie van Eerden: .

  • Posted March 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 March 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

  • Posted March 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.

  • Posted February 27, 2015
  • Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program 2015

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors, and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more. In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, inter-arts, translation, and writing for performance. Participants work in daily contact with some of the most accomplished and notoriously provocative writers of our time, meeting individually and in small groups, so that both beginning and experienced writers find equal challenge in the program.

  • Posted February 27, 2015
  • Write from the Heartland

  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is a low-residency program, designed to help writers develop more deeply in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, with a long-term goal of a book publication. A cross-genre option is available. Strengthen your craft and love of literature. Develop your literary skills in a community of writers who work collectively and individually toward the full potential of their art. We offer students the option of completing our annual 14-day summer residency in Ohio or Paris. The 2015 Visiting Writers include: Patricia Henley, EJ Levy, Lee Martin, Celeste Ng, and Patricia Smith.


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