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

  • Posted January 15, 2018
  • University of Arizona’s Summer Residency Program

  • Deadline: March 12, 2018
    Apply today to the University of Arizona’s Summer Residency Program. Founded in 1994, the Summer Residency Program offers poets the opportunity to focus on their writing during a two-week stay in Tucson, Arizona. Residents are housed in the Poetry Center’s studio apartment, located just steps away the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. Residents also receive a $500 stipend and give a public reading in the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series, ongoing since 1962. This year’s contest judge is Ocean Vuong, and the deadline to apply is March 12, 2018.

  • Posted January 15, 2018
  • Hike, Bike & Write Residential Summer Program

  • July 1-7, 2018; College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
    Deadline: Until full.
    Join us at College of the Atlantic’s summer writing workshop for nonfiction authors. Participants will workshop 10-to-20 pages over the course of the week with four additional weeks of feedback via email, from the instructor. You will visit spectacular Acadia National Park with a local naturalist, to find inspiration for personal essays, literary travel pieces, and more. A perfect opportunity for educators seeking continuing education credits to learn about the biology, ecology, and wildlife of Maine. Fees include room/board and all activity fees to enjoy Acadia and the Schoodic Penninsula. Students should be prepared for moderate physical activity.

  • Posted January 08, 2018
  • Pen & Paper Writing Workshops - Let Us Teach You!

  • We're a brand new recently launched creative writing school. We offer writing courses in fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting. All classes are conducted in online workshops. Our goal as a writing school is to share our knowledge and expertise with anyone wishing to start writing; anyone wanting to continue on a writing path already underway; or, for the more experienced writer, to hone and improve their craft. Sign up for our newsletter and receive $20 off your class enrollment. Come write with us!

  • Posted January 04, 2018
  • Write in the Middle of Things at UMSL

  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
    The MFA program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis provides an intimate and supportive community for writers to hone their craft. Students may study fiction (short fiction and/or novel) or poetry, and we also offer workshops in screenwriting, playwriting, and creative nonfiction. Classes meet in the evenings, and students may work through the program at their own pace. Come work with award-winning faculty in a city with a rich and varied literary history, and emerge prepared to write that history's next chapters.

  • Posted January 03, 2018
  • 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 January 02, 2018
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Lisbon, Crete, Barcelona, Verona, and Prague. "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 December 20, 2017
  • Odyssey Writing Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Writers

  • Application Deadline: April 7, 2018
    June 4-July 13, 2018; Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
    Odyssey is one of the most highly respected workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Guest lecturers include some of the top writers, editors, and agents in the field. Fifty-nine percent of Odyssey's graduates go on to professional publication, 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. Odyssey combines intensive, advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and individual guidance. Odyssey also offers online classes, critiques, and many free resources.

  • Posted December 19, 2017
  • DISQUIET Writing Residency in the Azores

  • July 14-23, 2018; Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal
    Deadline: March 15, 2018
    Ten-day residency on the beautiful volcanic island of São Miguel in the Azores, July 14-23, 2018. Participants are invited to use reserved writing space in the Jardim Jose do Canto, a 7-hectare botanical garden, or to choose their own places and times to write. Evening opportunities for discussion with visits from local writers, optional day trips to explore the island. Guest writers TBA.


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