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

  • 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

  • Posted May 14, 2018
  • Seventh Heaven Writing Retreat in Utah - July 18-22

  • July 18-22; Red Mountain Resort, St. George, UT
    Deadline: May 31, 2018
    A generative and restorative writing retreat at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah. Facilitated by acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker Carolyn Dawn Flynn, the Story Catalyst, with Linda April Flynn, expressive arts healer. For writers of fiction, memoir, essays, and spiritual/personal development nonfiction. Early bird rate $1,995 (double occupancy) by May 25. Deposit of $995 secures your spot. Only a few slots left!

  • Posted May 10, 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 May 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 May 04, 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 May 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 May 03, 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 May 02, 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 02, 2018
  • The Creativity Workshop

  • Creativity Workshops in New York, Verona, Crete, Barcelona, Florence, and Lisbon. "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 April 30, 2018
  • Spring Online Writing Workshops at The Center for Fiction

  • May 23 to June 27, 2018
    Deadline: Rolling
    You can take your writing anywhere. Now you can take a workshop anywhere, too! Join us in our online classrooms this spring for six weeks of high quality instruction. Learn how to create an authentic YA voice with Arlaina Tibensky's No Phonies. And whether you've just started a novel or finished a first draft, Lily Brooks-Dalton can provide guidance with her course Writing & Publishing Your Debut. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so wherever you are in your writing life, you'll find a perfect fit here!

  • Posted April 30, 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!


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