Alabama Writer’s Conclave
The Alabama Writers’ Conclave was organized in 1923 and has been in continuing existence since. Through the years, the Conclave has moved its conferences around the state to provide writers everywhere better access to its resources.
The Conclave is today one of the oldest continuing writers’ organization in the United States. Writers, aspiring writers and supporters of the writing arts may join. Sharing information, developing ideas, honing skills, and receiving practical advice are hallmarks of the annual meeting.
Location: Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birminghan, Alabama.
Annual Writing in Place Conference
Published novelists, poets, essayists, and literary critics lead a series of workshops over three days that include intense instruction, challenging exercises, and an opportunity for feedback. Registrants must sign up for one genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Our instructors will expect you to write during this conference, and we have planned a weekend with “downtime” for that purpose. We also want you to have time for networking with faculty and new friends. This conference is open to 48 adult writers and sells out every year, so register early. This conference is geared toward starting a new piece of work rather than workshopping something you have already written.
Our conference is held in the Michael S. Brown Village Center on the north side of campus. Overnight guests are housed in the Village apartment housing.
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Antioch Writers’ Workshop
We welcome all writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, and poetry. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer, Antioch Writers’ Workshop programs offer the tools and inspiration you need to take the next steps on your writing path. We offer instruction in the creative writing craft and in the professional skills creative writers need to succeed in the publishing world, as well as opportunities for connecting to a vibrant, supportive creative writing community.
Date: July program and fall retreat in October
Location: Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, OH
Art Workshop International
Art Workshop International celebrates its 34nd year in Italy. Under the direction of Edith Isaac-Rose, Bea Kreloff, Lynn Gernert, and Charles Kreloff artists and writers are invited to join committed adults in an atmosphere of serious study and enjoyable play.
Date: July 9-15; July 27 – August 9
Location: Assisi, Italy
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2014. Join a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction led by prize-winning faculty. And explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, wineries and restaurants in your free time.
Location: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City
Creativity Workshops Around the World 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.
The Creativity Workshop in Amsterdam
The Creativity Workshop in Florence
The Creativity Workshop in New York
Creative Writing for Social Workers
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Social Work
23rd Annual Creative Writing Seminar for Helping Professionals
Date: July 15-18
Location: Room 256 Lucas Dodge Rm. Iowa Memorial Union, Madison St, Iowa City, IA
The Frost Place Conference on Poetry
Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Poetry Conference offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment.
Location: Robert Frost’s old homestead, which is owned by the town of Franconia, New Hampshire
Green Mountain Writer’s Conference
The Green Mountain Writers Conference is a week long gathering of developing writers who practice the art and craft of writing in a variety of activities that include readings, workshops, exercises and discussions. Intentionally kept small, the conference has for eighteen years provided emerging and developing writers, along with published authors, an opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s best authors and teachers of writing and from one another.
Location: Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont
Green River Writer’s Workshop
Begins on the evening of Thursday, July 16 and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, July 19. In addition to the core workshop full day Friday and Saturday sessions, there are optional individual manuscript evaluations with workshop leaders for $30. Sunday’s afternoon session is devoted to the process of publication in the digital age, including eBook, POD, Kindle, in-print and varieties of self-publishing.
Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico
Highlights Foundation Workshops for Children’s Authors & Illustrators
We’d like to invite you to join us for a workshop or retreat at our conference center in the beautiful Pocono Mountains.This property is the former home of the Founders of Highlights for Children, and is located near the Highlights office in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Each year, we offer more than three dozen workshops covering a wide range of topics. The workshops are led by children’s publishing professionals: editors, writers, art directors, publishers, agents, academics and others who are there to help you realize your creative goals.
Date: Year-Round workshops
Location: Pocono Mountains, PA
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Courses in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival are primarily based on the workshop method. Although your workshop leader may include study of published material, in most cases the main text is your own creative work. Some workshops are devoted to critiquing work you’ve brought from home, some to generating new work through guided exercises and assignments, and some incorporate a combination of the two. Please read the descriptions carefully.
Dates: June and July workshops available
Location: The University of Iowa
Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. The Conference was created to enhance the quality of nonfiction writing, encourage innovation, and create a community of factual storytellers who maintain an unflinching faith in the narrative craft.
Date: July 22-24
Location: Grapevine, TX
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.
Location: Campus of College of the Redwoods,Mendocino Coast
Midwest Writers Workshop
We have arranged for informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2014 Midwest Writers Workshop a must for all writers.
Location: L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2000 W. University Ave, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Mystery Writers Conference
This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.
Date: July 28-31
Location: Corte Madera, CA
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided an opportunity for fellowship and serious work with a focus on craft amidst the hills and vineyards that have made the region famous. The conference is sponsored and hosted by Napa Valley College.
Date: July 24-29
Location: Napa Valley College, CA
Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference
The Northwestern University Summer Session is pleased to announce the 10th annual Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, a three-day summer institute dedicated to the creation and revision of novels, short-stories, nonfiction and poetry. The program is tailored to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience, and welcomes anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft — and business — of writing. Participants may choose from a diverse array of panels and workshops, all designed to give participants valuable perspectives on their work in the supportive company of other writers.
Date: July 28-30
Location: Chicago Campus
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Our intensive, six-week, in-person workshop is held each summer in Manchester, NH, and is widely considered one of the best workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It is intended for writers whose work is nearing publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.
Date: June -July
Location: Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
One Story Workshop for Writers
This summer One Story will be offering its annual intimate week-long writing workshop for emerging writers hosted by the Center For Fiction.
Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been since 1974 at the wild heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by vital, contemporary writers.
Date: July 17-24
Location: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend WA
Public Safety Writers Association Conference
PSWA’s (Public Safety Writers Association) annual conference will be held in Las Vegas, July 15-17, 2016 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. The conference is open to anyone writing crime and mystery fiction or non-fiction, technical writing for public safety magazines in print or online, or anyone interested in writing. Check back here for registration forms, rates and deadlines, and the conference program.
Location: Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Rutgers-Camden Summer Writers’ Conference
The Rutgers-Camden Summer Writers’ Conference is an intensive, inspiring and informative ten-day conference of writing workshops, craft classes, agent and editor presentations, and readings by our nationally-known faculty of poets and writers.
Location: Rutgers University, Camden, NJ”Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Sewanee Writers’ Conference
The University of the South will host the 25th session of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Conference will gather a distinguished faculty to provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.
Location: Sewanee, TN
Southampton Writers Conference Imagine….an opportunity to immerse yourself in your work while in the company of other serious writers. Then imagine this taking place on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Southampton, Long Island. Imagine intimate, intensive workshop sessions led by a distinguished author, with a rich schedule of readings, lectures, panels and discussions given by world-class novelists, essayists, editors, poets and children’s book authors. And then there’s the beach….
Come on in. The water’s fine.
Location: Southampton, Long Island, NY
Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference
These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscript, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in an individual conference. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form; travel, self-help, how-to, and scholarly works will not be considered.
Screenwriting Program July 7-14
Location: Squaw Valley, located in the California Sierra Nevada, close to the north shore of Lake Tahoe
The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.
Date: July 10-13, 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC
Stonecoast Writers’ Conference
Each summer a community of peers gathers on the coast of Maine to challenge themselves, to improve their writing, and to forge new friendships. If you’re reading this, chances are you’d fit right in.
Date: July 20-26, 2014
Location: Portland ME
Summer Advanced Writers Workshops
The Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University provides some of the nation’s most talented high school writers with the opportunity to work in intensive, small-group workshops headed by nationally recognized authors. The Writers Workshop features workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Class sizes are limited to 15 students to ensure personal attention and individual conferencing.
Date: July 6-12, 2014
Location: Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Summer Writers Institute at Washington University in St. Louis
The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, flash fiction, literary journalism, modern humor, personal narrative, and poetry, as well as readings and individual conferences with instructors. Writers of all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.
Date: July 11-25
Location: Washington University in St. Louis MO
Sun Valley Writers Conference
The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.
Date: July 19-20
Location: Sun Valley, Idaho
Taos Summer Writers’ Conference
The Taos Summer Writers’ Conference is proud and honored to feature a local artist every year. In past years Ed Samuels, Sylvia Ernestina Vergara, Ed Sandoval, Carson Bennett, Jennifer Cavan, Ann Huston, Peggy McGivern, Tom Darrah, and Ouida Touchón have generously contributed works which have been used for our featured winter postcards and poster images.
Date: July 13-20, 2014
Location: Taos, New Mexico
The Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop is a weeklong intensive (July 13-20) of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books. and their guests—prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program combines morning workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry.
Date: July 13-20
Location: Portland, OR
Wildacres Writers Workshop
For over 25 years, our residential summer writing workshop has ranked among the finest in the country. Almost half of our attendees have been to Wildacres before. Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend.
These are residential “working” workshops where your manuscript is critiqued and given the attention it deserves. Class sizes are ten or less and leadership is at the Master Class level. All faculty members must meet strict requirements in terms of their education and teaching experience.
Dates: Retreat June 29 – July 5 and Writing Workshop July 5-12 2014
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat
Tired of the “star system” at writers’ workshops? Looking for a place offering time to write as well as fellowship and critique from other professionals? The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat, formerly The Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Retreat, may be for you! Designed for the “mid-career” literary writer, the retreat took place at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In 2012, we moved to the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY, a historic arts colony and former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. However, our format remains the same.
Date: July 22-28, 2014
Location: Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY.
Writer’s Digest Conference
The Writer’s Digest Conference brings together influential agents, innovators and creative minds in the publishing world all willing to share their insider know-how with you.
Sponsored by: Writer’s Digest
Date: July 31-Aug 2
Location: Sheraton New York Hotel
This page has not yet been updated for 2015 events. We are still waiting for updated information at this time Jan 27, 2015.