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

  • Posted May 07, 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 May 06, 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 May 02, 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 May 01, 2019
  • 35th Annual Central Coast Writers Conference Includes Acclaimed Writers & Publishers

  • Deadline: September 26, 2019
    Event Dates: September 26–28, 2019;
    Event Location: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
    It's time to tell your story! Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing passion. The conference, located in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California, offers affordable and intimate workshops, Master Classes, advice and practical applications for all writers. Featuring 80 workshops, panels, three keynotes, and private critique sessions with the best in the business. Some genres include: memoir/novel, writing for the screen, historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, beginning writing, the business of writing, technique, marketing, and a teen workshop. Early bird pricing until 6/30/19. Learn more at:

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

  • 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 May 01, 2019
  • 3rd Annual Taos Writers Conference in the Beautiful Southwest

  • Registration Deadline: June 1, 2019
    Event Dates: July 12-14, 2019
    Event Location: Taos, New Mexico
    Attend the 3rd Annual Taos Writers Conference with keynote speaker award-winning poet Arthur Sze and over 21 workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, writing for children & teens, publishing your work, and more. Faculty readings, roundtable lunch discussions, opening reception, book sales, and networking. Notable faculty include Sherwin Bitsui, Lise Goett, Veronica Golos, Sean Murphy, William deBuys, Mirabai Starr, Allegra Huston, Rob Wilder, and many more. For further information and registration go to: or call SOMOS, 575-758-0081, . The conference is presented by SOMOS, a 36-year-old literary organization in Taos, NM.

  • Posted May 01, 2019
  • SIUE MFA Still Accepting Applications

  • Deadline: July 19, 2019
    Our unique three-year curriculum includes Writer in the World, a one-year experiential learning sequence, and electives in literary editing which provide the opportunity to work on Sou’wester. Graduate funding is available. Campus is located just twenty minutes from a thriving literary and arts scene in St. Louis.

  • Posted April 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.


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