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Apr 20

It’s Not Too Late: Summer Workshops You Can Still Apply For

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Many summer workshop deadlines have passed, but there are still a few open! Here is a list of workshops that are still accepting applications, and a few to put on your calendar for next year.


River Teeth Nonfiction Conference

The conference, hosted by the River Teeth journal, is entering its fourth year. It covers many forms of nonfiction, focusing on essay, memoir, and literary journalism. This year’s conference features guest speakers Jill Christman and Steven Church. Dates: May 29 – 31; Cost: $425; Location: Ashland, Ohio; Register: Registration closes soon — apply now!

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

The conference is held each summer on the campus of Sewanee: The University of the South. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, the conference subsidizes every writer’s cost of attendance. Dates: July 21 – Aug 2; Cost: $1,800 – $1,100 for tuition and $700 for room (single occupancy) and board (assistance offered); Register: APRIL 20.

Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

The fifth Slice Literary Writers Conference will take place this fall. “Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career.” Dates: Sep 12 – 13; Cost: $350 for one day, $250 for single day (scholarships available) Location: Brooklyn, NY; Register: Details here.

The Masters Review Online Workshop

Our very own workshop takes place online so there are no expensive travel costs or time away from work. This manuscript critique is available year-round and is hosted by a guest instructor who offers detailed feedback on your short story or essay. Our hope is offer quick and quality feedback so your story will be as close to publication-ready as possible. Our current instructor is Anne Valente, whose short story collection By Light We Knew Our Names won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. For more information on our rolling submissions, costs, and application, click here.


Each day at the One Story Workshop for Writers starts with a three hour-long workshop. Afternoons include excursions to New York City literary landmarks meant to inspire and generate new work, writing exercises, craft lectures, special guests, and panels on how to get published. This intense and fulfilling week ends with a celebratory dinner and an evening of readings by the students. The deadline for admission is in early April. Mark your calendars for next year! Details here.

The Tin House Summer Workshop usually takes place in July at the beautiful Reed College campus in Portland, Oregon. Applications for scholarships and general admission take place in early Spring. This year, the scholarship deadline was March 18, 2015. Details on this workshop can be found here.

The Kenyon Review Workshop — the focus here is truly on the workshop itself. Classes emphasize collaboration and new work, which writers will often generate in class. Applications for the workshop are accepted through early April, for several summer sessions which take place from June through July. The full program overview can be found here.

For a closer look at some of our favorite workshops, check out our list of The Best Up and Coming Writng Workshops and Conferences. Also for your reading pleasure, here is our list of the Best Writing Workshops in the Country.

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