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

  • Posted March 15, 2018
  • DISQUIET Writing Residency in the Azores

  • Deadline: April 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 Erica Dawson and Helen Oyeyemi.

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

  • July 1-7, 2018; College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
    Deadline: Until full. Registration limited to first 12 applicants.
    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 March 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 March 02, 2018
  • Manhattanville Summer Writers' Week: Summer Near the City!

  • Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018
    June 18 - 22, 2018; Manhattanville College, Purchase New York
    Come to the 33rd Summer Writers’ Week at Manhattanville College! Dani Shapiro will lead the fiction workshop and give our keynote reading. New this year: A weeklong workshop in Graphic Narrative. Returning guests include Split This Rock co-founder Melissa Tuckey teaching poetry, Michael N. McGregor teaching nonfiction, and Sharbari Ahmed teaching dramatic writing. Writers spend the morning in their genre workshop, afternoons in a variety of craft seminars, and evenings at readings/celebrations. June 18-22, come, stay, write on our beautiful campus in Puchase, NY! sponsored by the MFA program; college credit available for participants. More information at or .

  • Posted March 02, 2018
  • 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 March 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 March 01, 2018
  • Get Away From the Noise; Come to Kentucky

  • Deadline: March 1 (annual)
    Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the awesomeness of thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries, the University enjoys a rich literary heritage dating back to 1947, when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie first offered courses in fiction. Graduates of the English Department include Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Patrick O’Keefe, Holly Goddard Jones, and James Baker Hall. The MFA Program in Creative Writing builds upon that rich history by offering students access to a diverse faculty in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

  • Posted March 01, 2018
  • The Prague Summer Program for Writers 25th Anniversary!

  • Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
    June 30th to July 23rd; Prague, Czech Republic
    The Prague Summer Program for Writers is the oldest and most venerable of the study-abroad opportunities for aspiring writers at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, and “nontraditional”—and is the best deal on the planet. Check out our exciting new way to earn credit from your home institution and for a favorite professor to earn $500! Prague is where the 60s Countercultures of the East and West converged in the famous Prague Spring. It remains a place where beauty is the currency of happiness and art is a vessel for hope.

  • Posted February 28, 2018
  • Fellowships for Writers: Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

  • Deadline: March 2018;
    June 10-16, 17-23 2018; Martha's Vineyard, MA
    The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing offers writers the opportunity to develop their craft among established authors on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard. Each summer, The MVICW Writers Conference invites award-winning authors, poets, and editors from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tools for editing and publishing their work. MVICW offer financial aid, and a variety of full-tuition fellowships for writers of color and parent-writers, as well as our annual writing contest. Upcoming deadline for fellowship and contest applications: March 2018. For full program details see our website:

  • Posted February 28, 2018
  • 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 February 27, 2018
  • 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 February 27, 2018
  • Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Presents Writers Week 2018

  • Idyllwild Arts Summer Program presents Writers Week 2018, July 2-6, featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction workshops plus daily readings and craft talks. Faculty: Victoria Chang, Samantha Dunn, Dana Levin, Ben Loory, Gregory Pardlo, Ed Skoog, and David Ulin. Guest Writers: Brendan Constantine, Matthew Dickman, Tod Goldberg, Terrance Hayes, Bruce Wagner, and more. Fellowships available. Workshops for youth offered in July and August. Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California. (951) 468-7265, ,

  • Posted February 27, 2018
  • Low-Residency MFA at Augsburg University

  • Designed for people who need to stay close to home for most of the year, the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg revolves around an annual ten day summer residency. Designed like a literary festival, it includes workshops, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings from morning to night. During the fall and spring semesters, our students work remotely with a mentor in their chosen field: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting or playwriting. In addition to offering courses of study in these genres, we offer career-enhancing concentrations in teaching and translation, and operate a student-run publishing house that publishes one book per year.

  • Posted February 27, 2018
  • Write in Ireland & Italy

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
    Write yourself the adventure of a lifetime! Our workshops are designed to help you evolve as a writer with individual attention from a faculty of prize-winning authors. Each summer you will interact with classmates and a diverse group of renowned writers in Ireland and Italy in our four-week study abroad programs. Intensive classes are combined with planned excursions, free-time for independent travel, weekly literary readings, performances, guest writers, and manuscript consultations with a literary agent. Applications for the summer residencies are open to undergraduate, graduate students and post-graduates from all writing backgrounds nationwide. Applications are accepted October through May. Your adventure awaits!

  • Posted February 26, 2018
  • Southeast Missouri State University MA in Professional Writing

  • Deadline: Rolling, February 15 for assistantships
    Situated in the quiet river town Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Masters in Professional Writing at Southeast Missouri State University helps students hone their craft while preparing them to work in writing and editing-related careers. Graduate Students work with our award-winning writing faculty, and Graduate Assistants teach, tutor in our Center for Writing Excellence, and work in our Center for Faulkner Studies and our University Press, home to nationally distributed literary journals Big Muddy and The Cape Rock, as well as the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel and The Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Apply now:

  • Posted February 26, 2018
  • Cedar Crest College Low-Residency Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing

  • Join us on a creative journey and work toward the completion of your master’s degree and a publishable work of literature. Study fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or travel writing with award-winning faculty-authors in inspiring locations across Europe. The program unites gifted student-authors from around the world for three 15-day intensive workshops, held during the first two weeks of July in locations that are rich in culture and literary significance: Dublin, Ireland; Barcelona, Spain; and Vienna, Austria. The remainder of your studies take place on your time and in your home. Visit to learn more and apply.

  • Posted February 22, 2018
  • Weekend Residency MFA in the Heart of Los Angeles

  • Deadline: Rolling
    The MFA in Creative Writing program at Mount Saint Mary’s University is an artist-training program for students seeking to write professionally across multiple genres and wish to integrate different areas of academia in their work. We believe that a foundation in intellectual history and the humanities are essential qualities of any artist of the word. Our MFA offers students and working professionals the flexibility to enroll in either online or on-campus courses, or both! Likewise, our program offers bilingual Spanish/English courses. Faculty also place a premium on helping students into their professional careers through continued mentoring.


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