The Algonkian Novel Workshops
“From the Heart, but Smart Premise, Platform and Execution in Today’s Tough Novel
Market” Unique Craft-and-Market Novel Workshops and Events For Planners,Beginners, and Veterans.
Location: Algonkian Park is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C.
Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival
Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain getaway to the literary world. Morning workshops are an intimate place to develop your craft, with a winning combination of inspiration, instruction, and community. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or novel editing, taught by some of the most renowned writers in the field. In the afternoon, time is set aside to work and rework your writing, or to participate in public discussions on craft and publishing with our award-winning faculty. Evenings are reserved for readings and revelry!
Location: Aspen, CO
Chautauqua Writers’ Festival
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreation
al activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
Location: Chautauqua Lake, NY
Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference
The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.
Location: Corte Madera, CA
The Creativity Workshops are held around the world. The three listed below occur in the June-July time frame. The Creativity Workshops will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity training we provide uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization. Participants come from many different countries and professional fields, including business, education, psychology, the sciences, and the arts.
The Creativity Workshop in Crete
Location: Classes will be held at the Hotel Samaria, near the cafe-lined harbor of old Chania—Crete’s most picturesque town.
The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona
Location: Class will take place at Hotel HCC Open, located in the historic Eixample neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the elegant shopping district Passeig de Gràcia and some of the most famous architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona, Spain
The Creativity Workshop in New York City
Location: Our June, July and August workshops will take place at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, 371 Seventh Avenue, right across the street from Penn Station.
Crested Butte Writers Conference
At the Crested Butte Conference, we do not offer the usual scheduled formal pitch appointments with agents and editors because we feel that they are very often unproductive for all concerned. Authors might verbalize terrific ideas, but the A/E learns nothing about their ability to write. Sitting through hours of pitches is most often a waste of valuable time, not to mention the constant unease of telling a person to his/her face that her brilliant idea isn’t interesting-or that it’s cliché. And for the authors it’s often an anxiety-provoking experience and sometimes a waste of time.
On the other hand, we do want to offer our conference attendees productive opportunities with attending agents and editors, so we’re offering two alternate means for the discovery of talented authors: Pitch/First Pages and Advance Read & Critiques.
Location: Mt Crested Butte, CO
The Frost Place Programs
2 Summer Programs -Conference on Poetry and Teaching &
Teachers As Writers
Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors. Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.
Location: Franconia, NH
Historical Novel Society Conference 2015
The conference for Historical Fiction Lovers
Location: Denver, CO
Indiana University Writers’ Conference
The IUWC is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Idyllwild Summer Arts Program-Writing & Poetry
The Summer Program Writing Workshops offer writers at all levels a full immersion experience, a week-long opportunity to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of authors with both long publishing records and extensive teaching experience, eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.
5 Courses to choose from:
Making it Up: The Art of Writing Fiction
*New* Screenwriting Revolution: Creating Successful Screenplays
Poetry Week: Track I
*New* Poetry Week: Track II
Location: Idyllwild, CA, in the Strawberry Valley of the San Jacinto Mountains
Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula College /UAA
Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.
Location: Homer, Alaska at Land’s End Resort
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
We organize an intimate conference each year limited to 100 participants where excellent writers who are also outstanding teachers will encourage you. We also sponsor ongoing literary events such as the Coast Slam and writing workshops and events for at-risk teens, seniors and other community groups.
Location: San Francisco Bay, the Mendocino Coast
Moravian Writers’ Conference
The conference welcomes writers of all genres and at all career stages. Come energize your writing with challenging and supportive workshops, advance your craft with feedback from our accomplished faculty, be inspired by renowned keynote speakers, and make connections with other writers. The conference is held on Moravian College’s beautiful campus (founded in 1742) located in the historic district of Bethlehem.
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Naropa University Summer Writing Program
The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
Location: Boulder, CO
New York Pitch Conference focuses on the art of the novel pitch as a best method for having your work taken seriously, and as a diagnostic workshop method for exploring the elements of the story itself to determine the quality and marketability of your novel (or your work-in-progress) as you dialogue and network with the best industry professionals in New York.
Location: New York, NY
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. Those who attend must be ready to put aside all their other concerns and make a single-minded effort to improve their writing. This is a serious, demanding program. I’m constantly told by graduates that they learned more at Odyssey than they learned in years of workshopping and creative writing classes. You should not apply unless you are ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them.
Location: Manchester, NH
Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference
Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference-Poetry, Writers, Screenwriting
For 44 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers, and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley in the ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues with the spectacular view up the mountain.
Location: Squaw Valley, CA
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
St. Davids Christian Writers originated in the eastern Pennsylvania town of St. Davids, as a ministry of the American Baptist Churches.Today, however, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association is an independent, nonprofit, interdenominational organization. We welcome believers from all branches of the Christian family, as well as conscientious writers from other walks of life who are interested in making the most of their talents.
Location: Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Wesleyan Writers Conference
The Conference welcomes new writers, established writers, and everyone interested in the writer’s craft. The program includes seminars, workshops, readings, panel discussions, and manuscript consultations, all designed to offer careful attention to your work. Join us and talk with a faculty of nationally known writers, editors, and agents, and meet fellow writers who share your interests.
Location: Middletown, CT
Write-by-the-Lake Annual Writer’s Workshop and Retreat
In 2013, over 130 writers from 15 states and other countries took advantage of beautiful, sunny weather in Madison, Wisconsin, to refresh their writing life. Our retreat features sessions for beginners and advanced writers (including Master Classes), and offers optional graduate credits in English. Looking for inspiration from other writers who have signed deals, gotten published, and won awards? Read more Success Stories here»
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference
When Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers started, I (and many other talented people) worked hard to make this a conference that people would love to attend. And we have seen many success stories.
Our number one goal? Help you become the best writer you can become. Yes, publication is important and we want that. Nothing is more exciting than finding out an attendee has sold a book or gotten an agent or both! But our number one goal has always been to teach people to write well. The Assistants and I have spoken about how this conference is like a mini-MFA—at a fraction of the cost—with the goal of publication becoming a reality for more and more who attend.
Location: Waterford School in Sandy, Utah
The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction
The Writer’s Hotel & TNG are hosting a Writer’s Workshop Master Class in Fiction and Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area. Our events are to be held between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, The Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops will take place at The Library Hotel Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden and workshops, lectures and seminars will be given at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.
Location: NY, NY
Yale Writer’s Conference
The Yale Writers’ Conference is an intensive program for the committed writer. Our faculty are nationally known writers who are also inspiring and accessible teachers. Our facilities are the Yale campus.
Each year over a hundred and forty writers from around the world have come to New Haven for each of two sessions. They have gone on to publish their first books or stories, produce plays, and organize a writing workshop for veterans.
Location: New Haven, CT
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