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

  • Posted April 01, 2020
  • Summer Writers Institute @ Washington University in St. Louis

  • Registration Deadline: July 16, 2020
    Event Dates: July 17 - July 31, 2020; Washington University in St. Louis
    The Summer Writers Institute is excited to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. We are known for bringing together adult writers of all levels to work with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format. Our intensive two-week program features workshops in fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, and personal narrative. Whether this is your first foray into the writing life or the next step in honing your craft, we look forward to welcoming you in St. Louis this summer!

  • Posted March 30, 2020
  • Driftwood Press Seminars: "Editors & Writers: The Path to Publication" & "Erasure Poetry"

  • Event Location: Online Only
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
    Applications are now open for our "Editors & Writers: The Path to Publication" and our “Erasure Poetry” seminars! These seminars are offered completely online. The “Editors & Writers: The Path to Publication” seminar is perfect for short fiction writers who are submitting to magazines; come see the process and the craft from an editor's point of view. Additionally, our “Erasure Seminar” is perfect for poets looking to explore the history and techniques behind erasure poetry. Deadline to join either class is April 30th, and all students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

  • Posted March 19, 2020
  • MFA in Creative Writing at UNCG: Find Your Story Here

  • Application Deadline: January 1 (annually)
    One of the oldest creative writing programs in the country, UNC Greensboro’s MFA Writing Program offers fully funded graduate assistantships with stipends, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance. The MFA is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on studio time for the writing of poetry or fiction. Students work closely with acclaimed faculty in one-on-one tutorials and small classes, including courses in contemporary publishing and creative nonfiction. Our campus features a Distinguished Visiting Writers Series of authors and editors; other professionalization opportunities include college teaching and hands-on editorial work for The Greensboro Review. More at and

  • Posted March 18, 2020
  • Elk River Writers Workshop - Paradise Valley, Montana

  • Deadline: Rolling (July 1 final deadline)
    Elk River Arts and Lectures is now accepting applications to our summer writers workshop, August 16–21, at historic Chico Hot Springs Resort, 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. We host some of the most celebrated nature writers in the United States to work with students in an area of Montana that has inspired the work of conservationists and writers for decades. Workshop classes are limited to 10 students in each genre. This year, Rick Bass, Linda Hogan, and J. Drew Lanham, William Pitt Root, and Pamela Uschuk will serve as our core faculty. Apply via Submittable or visit:

  • Posted March 17, 2020
  • Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University

  • Application Deadline: January 6
    For well over sixty years, this highly regarded Hollins MFA has supported lively and determined writers who want to concentrate on craft. Our intensive two-year graduate program helps students find their way in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. Our students work successfully in poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction—and in between genres. Our faculty writers take time to work with students in this vibrant, supportive community. Our alums have a remarkably high record of publication. Program provides graduate assistantships, teaching fellowships, travel funding, and generous scholarships. Most of all, a vibrant, supportive community. For information,

  • Posted March 12, 2020
  • Willow Writers' Retreat: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

  • Event Dates: March 27–30, 2020; Americus, GA
    Deadline: January 31 & February 10 (early bird); February 24 (final)
    A rejuvenating writing retreat at a gorgeous B&B with sumptuous breakfasts in Southwest Georgia. The retreat is facilitated by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. You may be working on a new book or revising a short story. You may be new to writing and would enjoy sharing ideas with a supportive group along the way, or you simply need quiet time away to immerse yourself in the writing process, nurturing your soul. No matter where you are in the process, you are welcome. There will be one-on-one manuscript consultations as well as group writes and creative prompts. Also, there will be time to write!

  • Posted March 09, 2020
  • Applications Open—Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop

  • Event Dates: July 5–24, 2020; Los Angeles
    Applications are open for the Summer 2020 Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop: July 5–24, 2020 at Emerson College's L.A. campus. Scholarship deadline is extended to March 30; all applications due by April 13. For more information and to apply, visit

  • Posted March 04, 2020
  • University of South Alabama

  • Earn your MA with an emphasis in Creative Writing in the vibrant city of Mobile, near some of our country's best beaches. Tuition waivers and assistantships are available as are additional scholarships for excellence and summer creative writing projects. Home of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing. For more information, visit our website:

  • Posted March 03, 2020
  • The MFA at FAU

  • Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program offers concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All accepted students are offered a complete funding package including a teaching assistantship, stipend, and tuition waiver. Core faculty include Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Andrew Furman, Becka Mara McKay, Susan Mitchell, Kate Schmitt, and Jason Schwartz. Students have the opportunity to work on national literary magazine Swamp Ape Review which is open to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and “Swamp” beginning April 1. No submission fee.

  • Posted March 02, 2020
  • Odyssey Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Writers

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
    Event Dates: June 1-July 10, 2020 in Manchester, NH
    Write fantasy, science fiction, or horror? Odyssey is one of the most highly regarded workshops in the world for writers of the fantastic. Guest lecturers include top writers, editors, and agents. Fifty-nine percent of graduates are professionally published, and among graduates are New York Times bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers, and award winners. Director Jeanne Cavelos is a bestselling author, former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and winner of the World Fantasy Award. Held in New Hampshire each summer, Odyssey combines advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and individual guidance. Application deadline 4/1. Odyssey also offers online classes, application deadlines early December.


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