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

  • Posted November 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 November 02, 2017
  • MFA in Creative Writing at SIUE launches Fall 2018

  • Application Deadline: February 1st, 2018
    Our new three-year program offers specializations in fiction and poetry, and is especially tailored to students who are interested in exploring a variety of career paths. At the center of our unique curriculum is a one-year service-learning component, Writer in the World, that will prepare students for meaningful employment in or outside of academia, and help them sustain a rewarding artistic life beyond graduation. Students will also have the opportunity to study literary editing and work with Sou’wester. Edwardsville, Illinois is just twenty minutes from a thriving literary and arts scene in St. Louis.

  • Posted November 02, 2017
  • MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University—Complete Funding Packages Available

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
    Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, a diverse community with all of the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan setting, is located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Students in the MFA program specialize in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, pursuing half of their coursework in creative writing workshops and half in literature and theory seminars. The program requires completion of a creative thesis and features small, rigorous workshops and seminars. Thesis hours are conducted one-on-one with individual faculty. Students also curate our national literary magazine, Swamp Ape Review.

  • Posted November 02, 2017
  • Cedar Crest College Low-Residency Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing

  • Applications accepted year-round.
    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 November 02, 2017
  • Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas

  • Start your writing career at the Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop. Join an active literary community that includes the Oxford American and Arkana online literary journal. Enjoy a high faculty-student ratio in this small program where faculty are dedicated to student success. In our first five years, five alumni have published books and published work in national outlets such as The Rumpus, The Washington Post and the Denver Quarterly. Will you be the next one? See our web page for application information and check out our blog.

  • Posted November 01, 2017
  • Take Your Writing to the Next Level

  • Hofstra University offers an MFA in Creative Writing program with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction. 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 workshop 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 November 01, 2017
  • Low-Residency MFA at Augsburg University

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
    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 November 01, 2017
  • Florida International University's MFA Program in Creative Writing

  • Applications accepted year-round.
    The Creative Writing MFA at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus—whose alums include Dennis Lehane, Patricia Engel, and Richard Blanco, and many others—offers small seminars, intense mentoring, and a dedicated faculty who are highly successful working writers. Students gain hands-on experience with publishing and editing via our literary journal, Gulf Stream Magazine, and The Florida Book Review; they meet and hear visiting authors at our Lawrence Sanders Award Lecture and the Writers on the Bay Reading Series. It is a tightly-knit community of writers working amidst the tropical beauty, social diversity, and cultural dynamism of Miami. Les Standiford (Director), Lynne Barrett, Denise Duhamel, John Dufrense, Debra Dean, Campbell McGrath, Julie Marie Wade.

  • Posted November 01, 2017
  • Back To "Back-To-The-Land"

  • Vermont's Arts-Educator of the Year, Peter Gould wrote the fantasy fiction Burnt Toast in 1972: the first published novel about the "back-to-the-land" movement. His political play "A Peasant of El Salvador" received two national Human Rights Awards. Peter's Young Adult novel, Write Naked, won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award for its eco-content. Horse-Drawn Yogurt is his new long-awaited memoir of ten years on a Vermont farm commune. His live book events, with history, writing prompts, and audience participation, are guaranteed to engage, instruct, and inspire in classrooms and lecture halls around the U.S.A. More info:

  • Posted November 01, 2017
  • The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at ASU

  • Registration Deadline: December 31, 2017
    Feb 22 - 24, 2018; Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 85281
    The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference (Feb 22 – 24, 2018 at Arizona State University) is three days of craft talks, panels, workshops, and presentations that aims to provide writers with tools and resources to develop their skills, advance their practice, and further their careers. Our faculty are award-winning authors, agents, editors, and educators from all backgrounds and genres within the literary field, ranging from poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to memoir, young adult science fiction, fantasy, crime fiction, publishing, translation, graphic novels, hybrid, and more. Register before December 31st, 2017 and receive $50 off. Learn more at

  • Posted October 31, 2017
  • University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
    Our 2 1/2-year program offers students a personalized learning experience with access to San Francisco’s vital literary community. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars, students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have the opportunity to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.

  • Posted October 31, 2017
  • University of New Orleans Creative Writing Low-Residency MFA and Writing Workshops Abroad

  • 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. UNO's innovative Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing combines distance learning with study abroad. During the fall and spring semesters, you will take part in online workshops, literature, and craft classes. Every summer, you will attend a month-long summer residency in Ireland or Italy where you interact face-to-face with classmates and a diverse group of renowned writers. Applications for the summer residencies accepted October through May, and the MFA application deadlines are October 1 for spring, and March 15 for the fall/summer. Your adventure awaits!

  • Posted October 31, 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 October 30, 2017
  • 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. 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 October 25, 2017
  • 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.


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