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

  • Posted March 21, 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 March 21, 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 March 14, 2017
  • "Writing Place" and "Daily Creative Practice" – Upcoming Online Workshops

  • Shanti Arts offers a series of unique and engaging online workshops on topics related to literary arts, visual arts, creativity, and spirituality. Instructors are accomplished artists and writers from around the world with a strong interest in teaching, supporting, and mentoring students as they grow and learn. Upcoming workshops: (1) Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World, with Linda Buckmaster, March 27 to April 30, 2017, $175; (2) Joy Forever: Forming a Daily Creative Practice, with Susan Currie, March 20 to May 8, 2017, $195; (3) Opening to Creativity with a Visual Journal, with Jackie Meier, May 9 to June 18, 2017, $175. More information and registration at

  • Posted March 06, 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 March 01, 2017
  • The MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University

  • The ASU MFA in Creative Writing is, and has always been, an unswervingly student-first program. Through small classes, intimate workshops, and one-to-one mentoring, the centuries-old apprenticeship model thrives within the New American University. The program is distinguished by an outstanding faculty that has garnered national and international attention, and it is consistently ranked among the “top-tier” three-year programs in poetry and in fiction. In concert with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of international writing and teaching fellowships.

  • Posted March 01, 2017
  • Rivendell Writers' Colony Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Residencies

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Fostering a community of writers and readers who embrace the life of the book, Rivendell, nestled in the Tennessee woods, provides a deep sense of place and the opportunity to be inspired. We welcome writers of all genres to join us for a two- or four-week residency. Each new applicant will be considered for one of our fellowships. We also offer mini-residencies—between 3-12 days—for those individuals whose schedules don't allow for a full residency. No application is required for a mini-residency. Please visit us at to learn more. Accepting applications for 2017 now.

  • Posted March 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 March 01, 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 March 01, 2017
  • WordSmitten Writing Workshops

  • March to June 2017
  • St. Pete Beach, FL
  • At our WordSmitten Writing Workshops, you'll discover the art and craft of memoir. Learn the difference between memoir, biography, and autobiography. Recognize other genres, and learn the scope, style, and structure of memoir.
    Explore the work of Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Frank McCourt, Vladimir Nabokov, and Ernest Hemingway. Saturday afternoon workshops: March 18 and 25, 2017 – 2 PM TO 5 PM. WordSmitten Writing Workshops, 100 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706. 800.727.6214 x101. Advance Registration Required. Register online: Submit five pages of your manuscript three weeks prior to the workshop’s start date.


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