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

  • Posted February 04, 2016
  • 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. western.edu/mfa

  • Posted February 03, 2016
  • University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency

  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2016
  • The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program offers one residency each summer for a poet to spend two weeks developing their work in Tucson, Arizona. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply. The residency includes a $500 stipend 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. The 2016 Summer Residency is judged by Natalie Diaz. poetry.arizona.edu/awards-residencies/summer

  • Posted February 01, 2016
  • 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 February 01, 2016
  • 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. www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

  • Posted February 01, 2016
  • 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. www.lesley.edu/mfa-creative-writing

  • Posted January 11, 2016
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Dates vary.
  • Locations vary.
  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Crete, Barcelona, Prague, and Singapore. "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. www.creativityworkshop.com.

  • Posted January 07, 2016
  • Fiction Workshop With John Dufresne at Seaside, Florida

  • Registration deadline: January 27, 2016 (With mansucript) and February 25, 2016 (no manuscript)
  • March 3–5, 2016;
  • Seaside Institute, Seaside, FL
  • The short fiction workshop will meet at the beautiful Academic Institute, from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss the stories you’ve written. Novelist and short story writer Dufresne will address concerns about writing and storytelling and lecture on narrative techniques and the fiction writing process. Tuition with manuscript: $450 (Cut-off date for manuscript registrants is January 27, 2016). Tuition without manuscript: $350. seasideinstitute.org/team/creative-writing-workshop/

  • Posted January 07, 2016
  • 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. hamline.edu/cwp

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