Writing Workshops and Conferences


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Updated June 23, 2010


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8th Annual Zoetrope: All-Story short Story Writers’ Workshop. A wide range of instruction for adults and children.

Alien Flower Poetry Workshop -- extensive poetry links.

Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers: Held in conjunction with Confluence, Pittsburgh's SF con (in July). For writers aged 14 to 19. The writing workshop lasts ten days.

and brings them together in Seattle for a rigorous six-week live-in workshop.

Antioch Writers' Workshop

Big Sur Children's Writing Workshop

Character Building Workshop: a free offer from Writer's Village University

Clarion, an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually at Michigan State University.

Clarity Works. Inspire your writing. Enrich your life.

Cleveland State University - Imagination - conference about writing in the slip stream.

Coffeehouse for Writers is a number of things, including resources, for-pay workshops and free critique groups.

Conjecture (October, San Diego) has added a writer's workshop which will be coordinated by Joy Oestreicher.

Creative Writing Courses in France - Voyager France

Creativity Workshop.  creative writing, art, storytelling, journaling and memoir. Break through creative blocks.  Nurture and develop your unique creative process. A course for teachers, writers, business people, anyone curious about their creative process.

Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for writers of all genres. It has both free and paid memberships and is populated by aspiring writers.

Critters Workshop is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers.

DFW Writers' Workshop

Fiction Writers University The only virtual campus devoted entirely to the craft of fiction writing.

Fiction Writing Workshops -- taught by Michael Garrett.

Fishtrap is held at the old Methodist Camp at Wallowa Lake. It brings writers, editors, teachers, publishers, librarians, and readers of all kinds together to celebrate the written word.

Gotham Writers' Workshop - 10-Week and One-Day Intensive workshops in fiction writing.

Hatrack River Writers Group Founded by Orson Scott Card, run by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury.

Holly Lisle's Forward Motion Community for Writers and Readers: "We're a group of often insanely dedicated writers, and a smaller group of obsessive readers; we challenge each other to write better, to reach higher, to never give up on our dreams. The community's motto is Write here -- write now, which defines us well; the writers in the community talk about writing, but more importantly, we write."

Kenyon Review - Offers two summer workshops. The workshops are the Writers Workshop for adults, and the Young Writers program for high school sophomores and juniors. Distinguished visiting writers and instructors lead the select groups of participants. College and nondegree graduate credits may be earned in the eight-day Writers Workshop, and financial assistance is available for the two-week Young Writers program.

Internet Writing Workshop - Write, Critique, Learn.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Laughter Crafters: discussion group for serious humorists

Maui Writers Conference

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference - Workshops for writers of all genres.

Midwest Writers Workshop. Get the help you need with your fiction and nonfiction...manuscript evaluations and consultation ... writing contests – win money & prizes... networking with authors and aspiring writers.

Mystery Writers Forum is groups of threaded guestbook forums. Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing; Writing Fiction for Children; Writing Dark Fantasy and Horror.

Nightwriters offers small writers' seminars in a number of hand-picked country settings.

NovelDoc is the web presence for a mailing list that concentrates on revising and critiquing completed.

Novelist's Workshop British page with links to other interesting sites, discussion groups, research material, and advice for troubleshooting with publishers and agents.

Odyssey Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Workshop is a demanding six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held annually at Southern New Hampshire University. Director Jeanne Cavelos is a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell and winner of the World Fantasy Award. Guest lecturers include some of the top writers in the field.

Other Worlds Writers' Workshop is an online workshop. Our members are invited to join based on their love of and understanding of the requirements of good speculative fiction. Programs geared to varying skill levels.

Preditors and Editors - Worskhop list.

Sackett Street Writers' Workshop - The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop was founded in 2002, and what began as eight writers meeting in the cramped kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 500 short-story writers, novelists, memoirists and essayists.

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop

Shawguides, Inc. - The Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops. Most comprehensive list of writers conferences, workshops, and colonies.

Short Story Writers Group is a noble effort to group writers from novice to expert in a mailing list critique group.

Society of Professional Journalist - Narrative Writing Workshop.

Southeastern Writers Association annual workshop that offers a week of intensive study under highly qualified instructors.

Spoleto Arts Symposa. Italy. Professional-level workshops are focused in four areas of concentration: classical (opera) singing, writing, cooking, and vocal jazz. An enriched program is available for children of participants.

Spring Time Writers. Attend a writing workshop in the Rocky Mt. Region of Colorado to improve your writing skills while relaxing in a mountainside retreat, with endless sunshine and deep-blue skies, breathing in fresh mountain air, and enjoying home-cooked meals. Be nurtured with warm, professional tutoring on how to get your book or "life stories" started or refined, or experiment with short stories. In addition to learning classic writing or journaling techniques, your own area of interest can be emphasized because the number of students is restricted to "one to four" people. Many classes are especially designed for women writers.

Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Every summer for 36 years, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops,  individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to publication.  The Community has a competitive admissions procedure and the level of writing is high, but interested writers and poets should not hesitate to apply.

StoryArts Storyarts is an on line writing workshop with interactive writing exercises and access to an interactive listserv.

StoryMind. The Writers Channel. Free Online Writing Classes presented in Real Player format.

Truro Castle Hill Center for the Arts

University of Wisconsin - Online Writing Workshops. You can enroll any time, start any time, and there are no deadlines. In addition, your writing instructor is available any time; we don't restrict your contact to "office hours."

VIABLE PARADISE: SF on Martha's Vineyard--Annual, in the fall: The Viable Paradise Science Fiction Writers' Workshop is a one-week intensive immersion in the craft and business of writing science fiction and fantasy. Instructors are Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, James D. Macdonald & Debra Doyle, Steven Gould, and James Patrick Kelly.

WealthyArtist.com. Actor Tyrone Jackson leads a workshop and seminar series for actors, writers, directors, painters, and other creative artists. Participants learn how to earn more money using their art form.

Wildacres Writing Workshop. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland, NC.

Windmill Creative Writing Workshop. Once a year The Windmills hosts a week-long residential writing course as well as offering facilities for writers' retreats at other times.

Women Who Write

Write It Out. Offers summer workshops in Tuscany and Cape Cod as well as local and correspondence courses.

Writer Workshops and Writing Information -- dedicated to helping writers find effective writing information, workshops, and writing links on the Internet and to assist writers in finding a variety of writing workshops.

Writer's BBS Discussion Forums

Writer's BBS. Literary & various genre.


Writers' Haven. Writing workshops and retreats organized in Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, by Patricia Ludwick.

Writers on the Net. A group of published writers and experienced writing teachers who offer online writing courses in areas such as

Writers Online Courses and Writing Workshops

Writers Online Workshops. Fiction, business writing, grammar, composition, poetry, life stories, nonfiction.

Writers Retreat. We shepherd the writer through the process, from first draft to publication.

Writers Village University

Writer's Write Conference Calendar -- A section from the WritersWrite site.

Writing for the Web. Guidelines and tips for writing articles, tutorials, white or green papers, and other writing workshops across the United States and worldwide.

Writing The Other - Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction. A Fiction Writing Workshop


Zoetrope Studios, Francis Ford Coppola, Belize.


Book Editing Associates

Writing & Editing Network