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

  • Posted October 01, 2015
  • Anhinga Press November Events

  • Winner of the 2014 Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry, Robin Beth Schaer, will read with Deborah Landau at the Warehouse in Tallahassee in November. Also, our newest title, When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley by Terese Svoboda will be released November 1. Our new Rick Campbell Chapbook Contest opens for submissions Oct. 15. Learn more:

  • Posted October 01, 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 October 01, 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 October 01, 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 October 01, 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 October 01, 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 October 01, 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

  • Posted September 17, 2015
  • NYU Low-Residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris

  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
  • Paris, France
  • The M.F.A. Writers Workshop in Paris invites students to work under the guidance of internationally acclaimed faculty in one of the world’s most inspiring cities. Paris—with its rich literary history and cultural attractions—provides an ideal setting for living the writer’s life. The program offers both freedom and rigor, balancing intense and stimulating ten-day residencies with sustained independent work in the intervals between. Faculty: Chris Adrian, Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, Nathan Englander, John Freeman, Myla Goldberg, Aleksandar Hemon, Katie Kitamura, Meghan O’Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, Helen Schulman, Zadie Smith, Darin Strauss, Colson Whitehead, and Deborah Landau (Director).

  • Posted September 08, 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 September 03, 2015
  • Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise

  • Registration deadline: November 15, 2015
  • January 16-23, 2016;
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Located on the coast of the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay, the Twelfth Annual Writers in Paradise offers an intimate eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings, book signings, and receptions with our award-winning faculty and guest speakers. This year’s faculty and guests include: Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Poet Campbell McGrath, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Scott Ward, Sterling Watson, and more. Dozens of fellowships and scholarships available. $25 application fee. More information is available at


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