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

  • Posted May 22, 2017
  • The Keeper’s House Writer Residency

  • Application Deadline: June 24, 2017
  • July 17 - 22, 2017;
  • Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, Swan's Island, ME
  • Island Verse is accepting applications for the Keeper’s House Writer Residency. One writer is provided with an apartment at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station. This residency is an opportunity to initiate or complete a project-in-progress. There is a $30 application fee. Submit by June 24, 2017. Visit for complete guidelines.

  • Posted May 22, 2017
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Lisbon, Barcelona, Prague, Dublin, Iceland, 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.

  • Posted May 18, 2017
  • Chesapeake Writers' Conference: Write Your Story, Find Your Champions

  • Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • June 18, 2017-June 24, 2017;
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2017. 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. In your free time, explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, and restaurants, or just write on the banks of the St. Mary’s River. New this year: workshop exclusively for teachers, which will include graduate credit. June 18-24, 2017. College credit available. Rolling admissions.

  • Posted May 16, 2017
  • 18th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference

  • Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • July 19-23, 2017;
  • Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO
  • July 19-23 2017, Western State University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing hosts the Writing the Rockies conference. Led by nationally celebrated authors, editors, and industry professionals, the conference offers students additional opportunities to explore their craft while learning the ins and outs of the publishing industry. In addition to workshops, panels, and readings, celebrated poets and critics gather at the Critical Path Poets Symposium to discuss, debate, and explore modern criticism. Students may attend those tracks and sessions that interest them most. These events include opportunities for pitch sessions with agents, producers, and acquisition editors.

  • Posted May 10, 2017
  • UNO Writing Workshops Abroad

  • Deadline: June 2, 2017
  • June-August, 2017;
  • Cork, Ireland and Brunnenburg Castle, Italy
  • Study Creative Writing, Literature, Theatre, and Film in Cork, Ireland this summer with faculty from UNO’s acclaimed Creative Writing Workshop and guest writers from around the globe. The Emerald Isle will inspire undergraduate and graduate students to new academic and artistic heights. We also offer the non-credit Cork Writers’ Retreat for participants who want more freedom to explore the wonders of Ireland’s “real capital.” Or consider our intimate poetry program at Brunnenburg Castle, Italy. Write and study Ezra Pound’s writing in a majestic alpine castle, with consultation from Pound’s daughter. Visit or email for more information.

  • Posted May 08, 2017
  • Personal. Public. Published: the 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference!

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • May 26–27, 2017;
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Join us in Pittsburgh to explore the art, craft, and business of creative nonfiction with authors, agents, book publishers, and editors from some of the most thoughtful magazines in America, including Esquire, Harper's, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Creative Nonfiction, and more. The 5th annual CNFWC provides opportunities for writers of all levels to meet one-on-one with literary agents, get concrete advice from publishing professionals, hear what different kinds of editors are looking for, and hone your skills in inspiring small-group sessions.

  • Posted May 03, 2017
  • Summer Poetry Programs at The Frost Place

  • Application deadlines vary, see website.
  • Study poetry at the home of Robert Frost in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. 2017 poetry programs include the Conference on Poetry and Teaching (June 24–28, 2017) featuring Director Dawn Potter, Associate Director Kerrin McCadden, with faculty members Matthew Lippman and Matthew Olzman. Add the Writing Intensive (June 28–29, 2017) with workshop leader Kamilah Aisha Moon. The Conference on Poetry (July 9–15, 2017) with Director Martha Rhodes, faculty members Maudelle Driskell, Blas Falconer, Yona Harvey, Patrick Phillips, Elizabeth Powell, and poetry fellows Ryan Murphy and Soraya Shalforoosh. The Poetry Seminar (July 30 - August 4, 2017) with Director Patrick Donnelly, faculty members Sandra Lim, Diane Seuss, and poetry fellow Charif Shanahan. | | 603.823.5510

  • Posted May 02, 2017
  • Find Your Audience

  • Applications accepted year-round.
  • It starts in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a world literary capital—during 9-day residencies designed to move your writing forward. Through Lesley University’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, ranked #4 by Poets & Writers, you’ll work one-on-one with groundbreaking authors, developing your own writing, studying craft technique, and reading widely in your genre. 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 WORK 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.

  • Posted May 01, 2017
  • Writers in New York: NYU's Undergraduate Summer Program

  • May 22-June 15;
  • New York City
  • Writers in New York offers students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction an opportunity to develop their craft while living the writer's life in Greenwich Village. Daily workshops and craft seminars are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Field trips, cultural activities, readings, and guest lectures constitute an integral component of the program. Faculty include John Murillo, Elissa Schappell, Helen Schulman, Darin Strauss, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Rachel Zucker. Recent visiting writers include Lydia Davis, Geoff Dyer, Matthea Harvey, A. M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Eileen Myles.

  • Posted May 01, 2017
  • Scholarships Available to Attend Poetry Programs at The Frost Place

  • Latin@ Scholarship: The Frost Place Latin@ scholarship is open to applicants who self-identify as Latin@, have a strong commitment to the Latin@ community, and are at least 21 years of age. It is designed to encourage the Latin@ voice in poetry and the literary arts. It covers full tuition, room and board, and travel to attend The Frost Place Conference on Poetry.
    Gregory Pardlo Scholarship: The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets is open to African American poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry. It covers full tuition to attend The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, including room and board.


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