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Saturday, February 15, 2014

 

Not Too Early to Think about Summer Writing Workshops

My mailbox has been filled with flyers and pamphlets for summer writing workshops!

Now is the time to consider which workshop you’d like to attend.

photo courtesy of anankkml
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There are dozens, if not hundreds, of summer writing workshops available, both in person and online.  But spots are limited at most summer conferences and workshops, so you'll want to apply as early as possible. The small class sizes allow workshop leaders to give each writer a lot of individual attention.

But the sooner you apply, the better your chances of getting in, and the better your chances of receiving a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on the merit of your writing, on demonstrated financial need, or a combination of the two. In any case, writing workshops and conferences usually have early deadlines for these.

Check out New Pages’ website: it has the most comprehensive list of workshops and conferences I've seen. They’re organized by the state in which the conference is held.

I am encouraging ALL writers of any level to consider attending a writing workshop or conference. I have attended several, and although the format and purpose of each workshop/conference was very different, I learned so much about my writing, about the business of writing, and I networked with other writers, many of whom I’m still in touch with. But most importantly for me, I left each workshop rejuvenated, confident, and excited to be a writer.
my personal cabin at the Highlights Foundation workshop


Here is the short list of workshops/conferences I have attended within the past few years. I can vouch for the quality of these, and I am very happy to answer any questions you may have about them.


And this year I plan to apply for the Kenyon Review Novel Workshop.

Which summer writing conferences have you attended? Any you’d recommend?

P.S. Remember that there are plenty of online workshops/classes available (like WOW’s workshops!).

Written by Anne Greenawalt, writer and writing instructor.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Sioux said...

Anne--I always attend a writing retreat/conference in Conception, Missouri every June. There's no distractions...just plenty of time to write.

But the photo of your cabin at the Highlights conference made me a little jealous, ;) I've heard those conferences are wonderful.

Thanks for the post. You're right. NOW is the time to start planning...

11:00 AM  
Blogger Cher'ley said...

I have 4 scheduled right now and that's one more than I usually do, but I'm looking forward to them.They are all very different. Cher'ley

12:50 PM  
Blogger LuAnn Schindler said...

I'm attending the Nebraska Writer's Guild conference in April, but I would like to take advantage of a couple writing conferences and residencies here in the Nebraska this summer.

11:43 AM  
Blogger LuAnn Schindler said...

I'm attending the Nebraska Writer's Guild conference in April, but I would like to take advantage of a couple writing conferences and residencies here in the Nebraska this summer.

11:43 AM  

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