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

  • Posted September 17, 2018
  • Low-Residency MFA in Sunny Tampa

  • Application Deadlines: November and April
    Choose January or June start date; The University of Tampa
    The University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program is designed to help poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft. Students benefit from intense mentoring relationships with renowned faculty members committed to individual learning and growth. Through small group workshops and special events, students develop lasting connections with a supportive network of peer writers. Pursue your passion in sunny Tampa, Florida—without interrupting your life! Learn more at

  • Posted September 13, 2018
  • WestConn's Low-Residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing

  • Application deadline: Rolling
    Students choose one creative genre and one practical field, such as public relations and marketing, literary journalism, grant writing, or technical writing. Creative genres include playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults, in addition to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students attend two weeklong residencies each year, in January and August, at the Western Connecticut State University campus in Danbury, Connecticut. The funding application deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

  • Posted September 06, 2018
  • 15th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

  • January 21-26, 2019; Delray Beach, Florida
    Application Deadline: November 12, 2018
    15th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 21-26, 2019. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussions, one-on-one conferences, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Stephen Gibson. Special Guests: Sharon Olds and Poet-At-Large, Tyehimba Jess. To find out more, visit Apply to attend a workshop! Deadline: November 12, 2018.

  • Posted September 04, 2018
  • 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 September 04, 2018
  • 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 August 31, 2018
  • 2019 Writers in Paradise

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
    January 19-26, 2019; Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
    The Fifteenth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise offers an intimate experience of workshops in Crime & Suspense, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Structure, Short Story, and Historical Fiction, plus craft talks, panels, Q&As, readings, signings, and receptions with our award-winning faculty and lecturers: Madeleine Blais, Dawn Davies, Debra Dean, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Major Jackson, Laura Lippman, Peter Meinke, Ana Menendez, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Helen Wallace, Sterling Watson, Dennis Lehane (Keynote), Elizabeth Strout (Closing Speaker), Kim Witherspoon, Gerald Costanzo and Cynthia Lamb. 20+ fellowships and scholarships available, including 10 MFA Fellowships for current and recent MFAs.


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