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

  • Posted November 07, 2018
  • Stetson University's Low-Residency MFA of the Americas

  • Deadline: Rolling
    Experimental. Cross-cultural. Interdisciplinary. Emphasis on translation and new media. Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas is a two-year low-residency program in creative writing offering degrees in Prose and Poetry in the Expanded Field. Semesters begin with 10-day residencies, every January at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and every June in international locations throughout the Americas. Between residencies, receive one-on-one mentorship from a diverse faculty of writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), who also work in performance, video, sound, sculpture, film and more. Learn more and apply today: www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/creative-writing-mfa.php.

  • Posted November 06, 2018
  • 6th Annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop

  • Where literature and community meet by the sea: Register now for the 6th annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop Feb 2–9. Only a few spaces left!  Seven days of workshops, craft seminars, and fiesta in our Baja pueblo magico. Jeanne McCulloch (Memoir), Karen Karbo (Memoir), Christopher Merrill (Poetry), Rex Weiner (Stage & Screen), Gordon Chaplin (Fiction). www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com

  • Posted November 06, 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). www.hofstra.edu/mfa

  • Posted November 05, 2018
  • Rockvale Writers' Colony is Open for Applications!

  • Applications accepted year-round.
    There's a new writers' colony in Tennessee, 45 minutes south of Nashville! Rockvale Writers' Colony is open for applications year-round and we can't wait to welcome writers to our beautiful property. Come stay in our restored farmhouse and enjoy a private bedroom/bathroom, a large kitchen, and comfortable common areas. When it's hard to find quality writing time in your hectic life, RWC has all that you need: a quiet space to write, solitude to reconnect with yourself, and an engaging community of other writers. For more information, photos, and FAQs, visit our website www.rockvalewriterscolony.org. Application fee is $35.00.

  • Posted November 02, 2018
  • Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

  • Registration Deadline: December 31, 2018
    February 22 - 23, 2019; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281
    The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference creates a unique and intimate creative writing experience where writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels can gather together and connect through the celebration and study of literary craft, culture, and community. This year's keynote speaker is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other faculty include Hanif Abdurraqib, Achy Obejas, Nicole Sealey, TC Tolbert, and more. Sessions cover a wide range of genres, topics, and forms. The conference also features advanced workshops, an exhibitor fair, scholarships, and fellowships. Early registration is $250. Single day passes are available for $200. For more information, visit piper.asu.edu/conference.

  • Posted November 02, 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: lesley.edu/mfa-writing-program.

  • Posted November 01, 2018
  • 26th Annual Prague Summer Program

  • June 29 to July 23, 2019; Prague, Czech Republic
    Limited to no more than 40 participants (divided into workshops of no more than 12), the 2019 program will run from June 29th to July 23rd. There will be three two-and-a-half hour workshops in the first three weeks. Faculty and guest readings are an important pedagogical aspect of the PSP; all of them are followed by long Q&A sessions which serve as an extension of the workshop. Also included are tours of Prague, optional field trips, and “lecture walking-tours” on literary and cultural topics to facilitate students’ exploration of the city. We see it as important for our students to have time to write so weekends are generally kept free. www.praguesummer.com

  • Posted November 01, 2018
  • 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. www.usfca.edu/mfa

  • Posted October 30, 2018
  • Low-Residency MFA at Augsburg University

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2019
    Created for people who need to stay close to home for most of the year, the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg revolves around an annual ten day summer residency. Designed like a literary festival, it includes workshops, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings from morning to night. During the fall and spring semesters, our students work remotely with a mentor in their chosen field: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting or playwriting. In addition to offering courses of study in these genres, we offer career-enhancing concentrations in teaching and translation, and operate a student-run publishing house that publishes one book per year. augsburg.edu/mfa/

  • Posted October 29, 2018
  • Earn your MFA or MA at the Sewanee School of Letters

  • Earn your MFA in creative writing or MA in literature starting this summer at the Sewanee School of Letters, on our beautiful mountaintop campus in Tennessee. Apply this winter and start classes next summer. The 2019 session is June 2 – July 12. Visit our website and complete a contact form, and we’ll send application information. letters.sewanee.edu

  • Posted October 29, 2018
  • 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: www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/english/.

  • Posted October 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 www.ut.edu/mfacw.

  • Posted October 15, 2018
  • Amazing Poetry Workshops

  • January 21-26, 2019; Delray Beach, Florida
    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, and 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 www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Apply to attend a workshop! Deadline: November 12, 2018.

  • Posted October 11, 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. www.wcsu.edu/writing-mfa/

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