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

  • Posted January 09, 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 January 09, 2020
  • Announcing the Columbus State University Creative Writers Conference!

  • October 24, 2020; Columbus, GA
    Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2020
    The Columbus State University Creative Writers Conference is accepting panel and workshop proposals until Feb. 15th, 2020. The conference will be in Columbus, GA on Oct. 24, 2020. There is a very affordable event with an $80 registration fee for accepted presenters, and we have secured a Marriot rate of only $119. We encourage graduate student proposals, as well as faculty and author proposals. Confirmed readers for that Saturday evening are novelist Mat Johnson and Georgia nature writer Janisse Ray. All events will be free and open to the public. Book vendors are welcome. Please see the website at:

  • Posted January 06, 2020
  • Power of Narrative Conference. Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times.

  • March 20-22, 2020; Boston University, Boston, MA
    Deadline: Rolling, with discounts for registrations received by December 31, 2019 and March 1, 2020
    30 Speakers. Three Days. 22nd year on campus at Boston University. In turbulent times, candid, informed, journalism is crucial to telling true stories that inform and enlighten your audience. The Power of Narrative Conference supports narrative journalists in strengthening their skills, puzzle out complex ethics, and imparting the humanity that is the genre's strength. Talks are stimulating, sophisticated, practical, and relevant, aimed at mid-career nonfiction storytellers. Q&A sessions following each presentation and give attendees the chance to speak directly with our nearly forty authors and editors. Register:

  • Posted January 03, 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.

  • Posted January 02, 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” through November 1. No submission fee.

  • Posted January 02, 2020
  • MFA in Creative Writing at UNCG: Find Your Story Here

  • Application Deadline: January 1, 2020
    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

  • Posted January 02, 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 January 01, 2020
  • Ireland Writing Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way

  • June 21-25, 2020; County Galway, Ireland
    Deadline: February 29, 2020
    A generative and restorative writing retreat in County Galway, Ireland facilitated by Carolyn Flynn, the Story Catalyst, acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker, and poet and novelist Jonatha Kottler. Let the soul-stirring setting of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way offer you a writing escape. Whether you’re writing essays or a book-length memoir, short stories or a novel, this retreat is designed to help you deepen and refine your work-in-progress. Participants receive an extensive editorial letter and individual consultations, as well as a one-hour workshop focused on their material. There will be time to write! Find out more at


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