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

  • Posted March 25, 2019
  • 2019 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers

  • May 20-24, 2019;
    M.D. Anderson Library Honors College, University of Houston, Texas
    From May 20th through 24th, undergraduate and emerging writers both locally and nationwide will attend a week-long conference at the M.D. Anderson Library at University of Houston. The conference itinerary is filled with writing workshops, craft talks, professional panels, readings, evening events around the city, and private consultations with the 2019 Visiting Writers: Jason Koo (poetry), More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, 2018); Bryan Washington (fiction), Lot (Riverhead, 2019); Jessica Wilbanks (nonfiction), When I Spoke in Tongues (Beacon Press, 2018). Early Bird Pricing: $195 for students, $295 for community member/nonstudent. Group rates available.

  • Posted March 18, 2019
  • Community of Writers Poetry and Fiction, Nonfiction, and Memoir Workshops

  • Application Deadline: March 28, 2019
    Event Dates: June 22-29, July 8-15; Squaw Valley,  California
    The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley brings together poets and writers for week-long summer writing workshops. We have helped talented writers improve their craft since 1969. Morning workshops. Individual conferences. Craft lectures and panels. Poetry Workshop: June 22-June 29; Writers Workshops: July 8-15. Financial Aid available. Visit our website ( or call for more information: (530) 470-8440.

  • Posted March 12, 2019
  • 8th Annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

  • June 23-29, 2019; St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Appication Deadline: Rolling Admissions
    The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference is now accepting applications for summer 2019. 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. Explore our unique opportunities: course credit for college students, graduate credit for teachers, one-on-one meetings with publishing professionals, and a youth workshop for high schoolers. In your free time, enjoy our waterfront campus by kayak or paddleboard. Sunsets worth writing about!

  • Posted March 11, 2019
  • Spring 2019 Retreats with Center for Creative Writing

  • May and June; New York and New Mexico
    Application Deadline: March 15-April 1
    For nearly 30 years, the Center for Creative Writing has helped beginning and blocked writers find their way with words in supportive online courses and energizing retreats. Coming up: long-weekend intensives in spiritual writing (May 2-5) with Tawni Waters in Old Town Albuquerque, and in memoir (May 16-19) and writing for children (June 13-16) with Helena Clare Pittman in the New York Catskills. Inspired community, generous feedback by passionate, professional teaching writers, quiet and group time, and a jump-start for your creativity. Luxury lodging and most meals included with registration. Come write with us! Learn more and register at

  • Posted March 04, 2019
  • Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program

  • Find Your Audience. Cultivate inspiring relationships with fellow-writers at Lesley’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. You’ll stay in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a capital of creative culture—during your 9-day residencies designed to move your writing forward. You’ll pursue interdisciplinary study, in the form of internships, study abroad, or independent study, as a spur for new ideas. And you’ll put your pieces before prominent publishers, agencies, and literary figures who, as masters of their craft and passionate mentors, will give you the tough love you need to bring your writing to the world. Learn more:

  • Posted March 04, 2019
  • Take Your Writing to the Next Level

  • Hofstra University offers the MFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction, and now the MFA in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish. Located just 25 miles east of New York City, Hofstra allows students to pursue a curriculum that is guided by a diverse and distinguished faculty, and mixes workshops with literature and craft courses. Hofstra also offers two literary journals for your work: AMP (co-sponsored by the MFA program and the Department of English) and Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art (a joint project of Hofstra University’s MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English/Publishing Studies).

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • UCLA Extension Writers' Program

  • Registration Deadline: Quarterly
    At more than 50 years old, the Writers’ Program is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting continuing education programs in the nation, offering more than 400 open admissions courses annually. Our courses, programs of study, and services can help every writer go from concept to completion. Working under the guidance of successful writers in a group of supportive peers, students move through courses designed to invigorate writing skills and expand creativity. Whatever goal you have for your writing, we can show you how to achieve it. To learn more, call (310) 825-9415 or visit

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • 21st Annual Get Lit! Festival

  • Event Dates: April 22-28, 2019
    Join us in Spokane, Washington April 22nd-28th for the 21st annual Get Lit! Festival. The festival features over 50 authors including Roxane Gay, Kaveh Akbar, Tommy Orange, Leni Zumas, Jess Walter, and Sharma Shields for a week of free and low cost readings, panel discussions, craft classes, and more. Writers interested in participating in next year’s festival are encouraged to submit via between April 1 and October 1. For more information about the festival visit

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • The Art of Protest: Art & Scholarship as Political Resistance

  • Sarah Lawrence College and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities will host an intensive workshop for artists and scholars to develop their own practice of activist art. This 10-day residential retreat will take place on the Sarah Lawrence campus from June 13-22. Program faculty include musician Dar Williams, poet Mahogany L. Brown, theatre artist Dana Edell, artist David Birken, writer Brian Morton, and scholar Michelle Slater. Participants will attend daily seminars and workshops, and have time to  create original work. There will be guest artists, evening coffee house events for sharing work, and individual meeting with faculty. Learn more at

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • Interdisciplinary MA in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University (EMU)

  • Deadline: Rolling
    At EMU, we locate the creative writer’s work along the frontiers of social imaginaries and civic possibilities, while nourishing the development of a rigorous and imaginatively engaged writing. Emphasizing aesthetic risk and social application, our program offers opportunities to explore multiple arts and mixed genres, sound and performance, digital technologies and new media, as well as community-based and collaborative projects, innovative curating, and alternative publishing. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for Fall and Winter. Graduate Assistantship applications for funded positions are due in late January for the following Fall. For more information contact Rob Halpern

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program

  • Our 2 1/2 year program offers students a supportive, intimate, and personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco as an inclusive and diverse literary center. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have opportunities to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.

  • Posted March 01, 2019
  • West Virginia Writers' Workshop: Wild & Wonderful Writing at WVU

  • Application/Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019
    Event Dates: July 18-21, 2019;
    Event Location: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
    Featuring Michele Young-Stone, Natalie Sypolt, Jeff Mann, Sherrie Flick, Renée K. Nicholson, and others. Adding new faculty all spring! Experience the Magic of our Mountains. Be Inspired: start your writers’ journey this summer at WVU. Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing, and more. Are you a student in an undergraduate creative writing program? Learn about WVU’s MFA program and contact the Director for information on special student rates. High school workshop with limited scholarships for West Virginia High School Students.

  • Posted February 14, 2019
  • Powerhouse Theatre Training Program

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
    Event Dates: June 21 - July 29, 2019; Poughkeepsie, NY
    The Powerhouse Theater Training Program challenges you to look at the art of theater in new and meaningful ways. The program is the result of a unique collaboration between Vassar College, a prestigious liberal arts institution, and New York Stage and Film, an award-winning New York City based-professional theater company. Visit to complete an application. Applications are accepted between January 1 and April 1.


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