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

  • Posted June 11, 2018
  • Summer Online Writing Workshops at The Center for Fiction

  • July 9, 2018 – August 13, 2018; Online
    Deadline: Rolling
    You can take your writing anywhere. Now you can take a workshop anywhere, too! Join us in our online classrooms this summer for six weeks of high quality instruction. Polish off your perfect crime story with Steph Cha. If you've got a sci-fi, horror, or fantasy story you're dying to write, join Alyssa Wong's speculative short fiction workshop. Or ignite your creativity with Bonnie Nadzam's generative class. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so wherever you are in your writing life, you'll find a perfect fit here!

  • Posted June 04, 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 June 01, 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 May 29, 2018
  • Come Practice Your Craft along the St. Mary's River

  • June 24-30, 2018; St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
    The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2018. 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. Explore our unique opportunities: course credit for college students, graduate credit for teachers, one-on-one meetings with publishing professionals, and a youth workshop for high schoolers. In your free time, enjoy our waterfront campus by kayak or paddleboard. Sunsets worth writing about!

  • Posted May 22, 2018
  • Birds & Muses Retreats

  • Deadline: Rolling admissions
    Birds & Muses Writing-Intensive Retreats & Year-Long Book Program with Kate Moses, internationally acclaimed novelist, memoirist (Wintering, Cakewalk, Mothers Who Think) and professional editor (Salon, North Point Press): taking writers under her wing for three decades. Specializing in literary fiction, creative nonfiction, food writing, mixed genre. Writing-Intensive Retreats offer full-manuscript consults followed by productive, writing-focused retreats in soul-stirring locations. 2018 Retreats: Southern France May 12-19, Sicilian Seacoast November 10-17. Bookgardan Year-long Mentorship begins & ends with week-long residencies at Craigardan Arts Center plus 11 months of individual mentorship & online cohort workshops, October 2018-October 2019. Details & applications at


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