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Note: click here for tips applicable to all categories on how to avoid scams P&E recommends that writers research any workshop location to verify its background before conducting any business. Abroad Writers' Conference: Features international workshops and conferences.
Basement Writing Workshop: "Online creative writing classes in fiction, memoir, poetry, comedy, genre, journalism and more. Their online classrooms allow you to take writing classes from anywhere and at any time." Cafe Doom Critique Group: A writers' workshop.
"1st Prize: Free tuition and 9 nights accommodations in Florence, Italy to attend the Creativity Workshop July 13 - 22, 2007. (Airfare is not included).
There is no application fee. Full guidelines are at their site. Daily Writes: Features an e-mail workshop on autoresponder programmed to deliver a writer one Daily Write activity every day for 31 days. Interesting sytem of joining. Read carefully.
Epiphany Enterprises: Workshop: writers work group. fanStory.com: "has been online since the year 2000. It is a workshop site that includes peer reviews as well as reviews by a writing committee. The site supports writers of all skill levels. Offers writing contests with cash prizes." Note: Membership fee required after free trial. Gotham Writers' Workshop: "New York City's largest creative writing school. We offer comprehensive writing classes in NYC and online at WritingClasses.com. Our dedicated faculty members teach the fundamentals of creative writing to over 4,000 students a year." Hatrack River Writers Workshop: Recommended. Contains a workshop, writing class, and other features. INKSPOT WRITERS' COMMUNITY CENTER: apparently Inkspot holds workshops on occasion at this address.
All Write Now!: A practical discussion on various writing topics. Conducted in a Prodigy chat room. Link reported broken.
Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers: "A ten-day, residency workshop for teens featuring pro genre writers and editors. Alpha takes place in July in Western Pennsylvania, USA."
Author's Retreat: "a discussion forum for Fantasy writers. It features sub-genre discussions and private critique forums for groups."
AuthorMBA: Features writing workshops and more.
Black on White: Helps writers come up with ideas and set a writing schedule. Link reported broken.
Blackwood SF & F Writers Group: Writers work group. Link reported broken.
13 Mar 07 - Blood, Guts and Gore; Getting the Medical Details of Your Fiction Right: "Babies aren't usually born in taxi cabs and not everyone dies with great theatrics. Somewhere between the extremes lies the medical truth that will add depth, richness and reality to your fiction."
"Each class lesson will include the job description of a medical worker and a few medical terms that you can sprinkle through your prose without sounding like a character from ER. You'll also learn the most frequent medical mistakes made by writers. Ever watch a soap opera where the patient was hooked to a respirator/ventilator but was able to talk? Big mistake! Find out why and don't let this error be found in your fiction."
Blue Phantom Writers Workshop: "has several critique groups, each with a moderator, including General Children's Writing, Middle Grade and YA, Nonfiction, Picture Books, and Illustrators. Groups get created as more members join. The group has a very friendly, supportive atmosphere, and both published and unpublished writers are members." Link reported broken.
Book Promotion 101 : Workshops teaching how to promote your work. See the site for details.
Books & Writers Community: "Marsha Skrypuch runs a workshop for books for kids, from picture books through young adult." A private structured workshop, to reduce copyright worries, but anyone can be admitted for the asking. There's no charge.
Books Forum Writing Workshop: "Margaret J. Campbell runs a workshop that is open to all forms but runs heavily to novels." A private structured workshop, to reduce copyright worries, but anyone can be admitted for the asking. There's no charge.
30 Dec 08 - Boot Camp for Artists: As it states.
Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp: Workshops for writers.
Boson Books Author Chat: An opportunity to chat (Mondays and Fridays) with authors whose books were published by Boson Books. Link reported broken.
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference: A workshop.
Bucks County Writers Workshop: Features a workshop and other writing treasures.
Business of Writing, The: Hosted by Patricia St. John, author of The Secret Language of Dolphins. See the link for more information. Link reported broken.
16 Dec 10 - Cascade Writers workshop: A "3-day Milford-style workshop held in the Pacific Northwest. Instructors are editors and award-winning authors."
CATSKILL COLONY FOR WRITERS, THE: "Our bootcamp program has proven invaluable to aspiring and professional writers alike. As a veteran author with more than 30 years in the business, I feel I can share a great deal that can help writers over the top....and less than 90 miles NYC." Visit the web site for details. A writer reports this link is no longer active. Link reported broken.
City Honors Online Writing Program: Weird...but worth a look. (contributed by Karen Hertzberg) Link reported broken.
Clarion: Held for six weeks every summer at Michigan State University.
Clarion Ex Machina: Recommended. "Articles and other online resources about the Clarion, Clarion West and Odyssey SF Writing Workshops."
Clarion South: "...an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held in south-east Queensland, Australia."
Clarion West: "...an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington, USA."
Clive's Virtual Writing Workshop: Crime short story writing course. Link reported broken.
Courses for Writers who Want to Publish: As it states.
Cowboy Logic: An online workshop.
4 Mar 10 - Creative Freelancer Conference: Held in Denver in June. Details at the website.
17 Dec 06 - Creativity Workshop - 2007 Women Writers Fellowships in Italy: "Two Creativity Workshop Fellowships for Women Writers will be given to fiction writers, poets, or playwrights for attendance at the Creativity Workshop in Florence, Italy, July 13 - 22, 2007.
"The two fellowships will be given on the basis of a 500-word proposal to develop a new piece of writing in the applicant's field. The proposal should include a statement of how being in Florence and attending a workshop that includes creative writing, drawing, storytelling and memoir would help develop the project. The chosen writers will spend 10 days in the city of Florence, Italy and attend the Creativity Workshop.
"2nd Prize: Free tuition to attend a Creativity Workshop July 13 - 22, 2007 in Florence, Italy. (Airfare and accommodations are not included)."
Critical Voyages: Appears to be a fantasy writers workshop. Link reported broken.
Critique Circle: Recommended. A site for writers to meet and work.
Critters Workshop / Critique.org: Recommended. A very large and well organized writers' workshop handling multiple genres. Free. First workshop on the web. Extensive resources on critiquing. (Disclosure: P&E's editor also runs Critters. The "Recommended" listing was added by P&E's founder many years before his death.)
6/23/11: Critters has put together instructions for loading ebooks from other sites/sources.
Dark Fiction/Horror Writers Workshop: now in its fourth year, the workshop is associated with the DarkEcho Newsletter and DarkEcho OMNI Horror. Peer review all done via email.
DAWN (Developing Amateur Writers Network): web page for three workshops in the UK.
de Griot Space: "An online workshop for writers of Afrikan descent. We seek with our poems, stories, and essays- with whatever We have, to echo Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Dubois, Countee Cullen, Audre Lorde, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry and countless others who dared to be word artists." Link reported broken.
Delphi's SF Literature Forum: appears to have a workshop for sf writers. Link reported broken.
Desdmona's Fishtank: "writers work group for authors of erotica. Not for minors."
Developing Amateur Writers Network: A United Kingdom web site that conducts workshops. Link reported broken.
22 Sep 09 - DFW Writers' Workshop: "meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m., no matter the weather or holidays. For over thirty years, members have met to read and critique nonfiction, screenplays, poetry, and all genres of fiction. Visitors are always welcome."
Dreaming In Ink Writers Workshop: A writing workshop for most types of writing. Journalers are excluded. Members are expected to participate regularly. P&E likes their rules.
Eratosphere: "Poetry and Prose Workshops. Anyone can read, but you need to register before being able to post."
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop: "New speakers for the March 9, 2002 workshop include Emmy award-winning TV talk show host Phil Donahue, who lived on the same street as the Bombeck family early in his career. Nationally syndicated humor columnist W. Bruce Cameron will tell how his first book, "8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter And Other Tips from a Beleaguered Father (Not That Any of Them Work)" made it to #14 on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Humor columnist and TV personality Loretta LaRoche will also debut at the 2002 workshop. In all, more than 15 speakers will present 24 sessions on humor writing, human interest writing and getting published." Link reported broken.
Erotica Readers and Writers Association: Believed to feature an online writers workshop. Not for minors.
Eroticrit: "a new critique center for writers of Erotica. Dedicated to improving erotic literature, one story at a time. It is excellent for those who write novel length work. It is a free site, and currently in drastic need of members who are 18 and over, are willing to give critiques as well as get them, and want to publish."
Evolution : "a writers' group dedicated to free and open creative expression in all genres. This free site provides message boards, critique groups, and on-line courses."
Fantastic Byways: "a small group of writers who formed a crit group in order to further polish the professionalism of our work... About half of us are working on full length novels, most as of them series, while the other half excel in short stories, flash fiction and RPGs. We have a social/discussion gathering in chat every Sunday night, to answer any writing questions as well as "live" crit sessions. We also have several discussions booards, where ideas, snippets and questions are being posted and answered..." Link reported broken.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Workshop: Recommended. An online fee-based workshop hosted by F&SF Magazine and taught by Gardner Dozois.
Fantastic Fiction Forum, The: The Central New York Writer's Group for Authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Link reported broken.
Flash Fiction Online Writing Workshop, The: "an online workshop for serious writers of short-short literature (work 1,000 words or less), including flash fiction, flash memoirs, flash plays, short-short creative nonfiction, prose poetry, and haibun. Participation is required and all members are 18 or over and use their real names in the workshop. The workshop has been going strong for over four years and members are beginners to experienced writers of short-short work."
Florida Art Colleges: "The FindYourArtSchool.com directory features quick and easy searching and browsing to help art students find Florida art colleges."
Forward Motion Writing Community: Recommended. "offers free boards, critique groups, and classes."
Florida Writers Association: "... produces local one-day writers conferences for members and other writers across Florida. The quality workshops, the convenience and economy, and the networking and publication opportunities have proved attractive for years. Contact Dan.Griffith@FloridaWriters.net for information on workshops in your area."
From The Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Online Workshops: "monthly workshops which cover all aspects of writing for writers of all genres and published authors. Membership is not required to enroll."
"Classes include Science Fiction Writing Online. Also: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Business, Screenwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, & more. 10-Week, One-Day classes in NYC and Online, for adults/teens."
Grimoire: Dead. Forum for writers to post their work, either poetry or prose, and make it available for others to enjoy and offer their feedback.
Helium Peer Review: Features "a peer review service for screenwriters, playwrights and fiction writers. It provides an excellent method to hammer a draft into final form. Unlike ... other peer review websites, it is not affiliated with another company and subject to the competition that brings on slamming (organized dumping on a script to lower its status on a Top Ten List) or cramming (organized promoting of a script to raise its status). Organized in November of 2002, it has already developed scripts that are ready for production meetings." Link reported broken.
Inside Sessions: "Online Interactive Music and Writing Distance Learning Class." Link reported broken.
21 Mar 07 - First Annual Inspired! Writer's Workshop and Book Fair: Not recommended. "Come hear from published authors and promotion specialists how you can become a published author!" The presenters are not qualified in the field of publishing for what they propose to teach. Link reported broken.
Institute of Children's Literature: Offers writing courses to writers in children's and teen literature.
International Women's Writing Guild, The: This writers' organization features workshops in California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, two in New York City, New York State, and at their annual "Remember the Magic" conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs they offer 65 workshops every day for a week.
Note: click here for tips applicable to all categories on how to avoid scams
P&E recommends that writers research any workshop location to verify its background before conducting any business.
Abroad Writers' Conference: Features international workshops and conferences.
Basement Writing Workshop: "Online creative writing classes in fiction, memoir, poetry, comedy, genre, journalism and more. Their online classrooms allow you to take writing classes from anywhere and at any time."
Cafe Doom Critique Group: A writers' workshop.
"1st Prize: Free tuition and 9 nights accommodations in Florence, Italy to attend the Creativity Workshop July 13 - 22, 2007. (Airfare is not included).
There is no application fee. Full guidelines are at their site.
Daily Writes: Features an e-mail workshop on autoresponder programmed to deliver a writer one Daily Write activity every day for 31 days. Interesting sytem of joining. Read carefully.
Epiphany Enterprises: Workshop: writers work group.
fanStory.com: "has been online since the year 2000. It is a workshop site that includes peer reviews as well as reviews by a writing committee. The site supports writers of all skill levels. Offers writing contests with cash prizes." Note: Membership fee required after free trial.
Gotham Writers' Workshop: "New York City's largest creative writing school. We offer comprehensive writing classes in NYC and online at WritingClasses.com. Our dedicated faculty members teach the fundamentals of creative writing to over 4,000 students a year."
Hatrack River Writers Workshop: Recommended. Contains a workshop, writing class, and other features.
INKSPOT WRITERS' COMMUNITY CENTER: apparently Inkspot holds workshops on occasion at this address.
9 Dec 03 - Jazz-On-The-Beach Women Writers Retreat on Dauphin Island, AL: "Write and relax at a weekend retreat on the Gulf. For new or accomplished writers--attend journaling/poetry workshops with experienced facilitators Alice Abel Kemp and Beverly Rainbolt, or find a corner and write. Limited spaces. 1/8-1/11, four days or 1/23-1/25, three days, all meals included, $200-450." Link reported broken.
Kiss of Death: A site for romantic suspense writers to meet and work.
Last Words: A Short Story Workshop: submit stories that you have written, comment on other stories, or read comments others have written. Link reported broken.
Marcia Yudkin Teleclasses: Seminars by telephone for writers.
New Writers Forum: Online writers' group. Link reported broken.
"Applicants' materials must include: the application form, a cover letter expressing reasons for wanting to participate, two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their writing, and a sample of writing. A non-refundable application fee of $25, payable to SUNY Plattsburgh, should accompany the application. Applications will be reviewed as received until all spaces have been filled."
Click on the How to Apply link on their page for more information.
28 Jan 03 - Obadiah Press Christian Writer's Conference, 2nd Annual: "...writing for Christian or secular markets, dream of starting a writing career or writing a book, write poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction..."
"The program is held every summer on Saint Anselm College's beautiful campus in Manchester, NH. Saint Anselm is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country, dedicated to excellence in education, and its campus provides a peaceful setting and state-of-the-art facilities for Odyssey students. College credit is available upon request."
"Jeanne Cavelos, Odyssey's director and primary instructor, is a best-selling author and a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, where she won the World Fantasy Award for her work. As an editor, Cavelos gained a reputation for discovering and nurturing new writers. She provides students with detailed, concrete, constructive critiques of their work. Cavelos said, "I've worked with many different writers, and I know that each writer thinks and works differently. We limit attendance at Odyssey to sixteen, so I can become deeply familiar with the work of each student and provide assessments of strengths and weaknesses. I work individually with each student, helping each to find the best writing process for him, suggesting specific tools to target weaknesses, and charting progress over the six weeks." Her critiques average over 1,200 words, and her handwritten line edits on manuscripts are extensive."
Beginning February 1, the Odyssey Writing Workshop will offer free podcasts on their website, www.odysseyworkshop.org. Odyssey is an intensive, six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror whose work is approaching publication quality. The workshop is held each summer in Manchester, New Hampshire. The podcasts are excerpts from lectures given by guest writers, editors, and agents at Odyssey. Every month or two, Odyssey will release a new podcast. Each one is ten to fifteen minutes long. Jeanne Cavelos, the director of Odyssey, said, "We have taped all our guest lectures since 1997, and these recordings offer a wonderful collection of insights and advice for developing writers. With these podcasts, we hope to further our mission of helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror to improve their skills." The first podcast is an excerpt from a lecture Charles L. Grant gave in the summer of 2000 on characterization. Grant offered some invaluable insights and provided concrete, practical tips. This was his last teaching engagement before he died in 2006. "We are honored to present this excerpt as our inaugural podcast, as a tribute to Charlie's life and his contribution to the field," Cavelos said. Future podcasts will feature lecture excerpts from Robert J. Sawyer, Melissa Scott, Jeff VanderMeer, Gardner Dozois, and many more. No special hardware or software is required to access the recordings. Users may download the mp3 files to their computer, subscribe using RSS, or subscribe on the iTunes page for Odyssey podcasts.
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop, The: "Eighth annual, held August 20-22, 2010 at Pajaro Dunes' private beachfront facility near Santa Cruz, CA. Intensive, team-taught seminar for 30 savvy and/or published writers of character-driven youth novels, "active observers," and teen readers and writers. FACULTY: KATE HARRISON (senior editor, Dial Books/Penguin); TED MALAWER (agent, Upstart Crow Literary); and author-consultant LAURA BACKES, publisher of Children's Book Insider. WEEKEND THEME is "A Novelist's Toolkit: Architecture, Archetypes, and Arcs." Focus on craft as a marketing tool; 90 percent hands-on. Open critique clinics, aka master classes, are enhanced by interactive pre-workshop assignments. DEADLINES: For the most critique options and lowest fees, apply by April 10 or asap. (Limited enrollment may be open through July.) More info on the teen and adult programs: contact Director Nancy Sondel through the website."
Quill Society: A communication center for adept writers wishing to refine their writing skills, and novice writers to step into the realm of their imagination. Link reported broken.
Redbird Studio: "We have an assortment of classes for all levels of writing (fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, playwriting, essays, short stories) and also have a successful Summer Youth Program."
SCI FI - ARIZONA: In addition to high tech science fiction, the site includes a Writer's Workshop with articles on both general and science fiction writing.
9 May 02 - Tacoma Writer's Conference: "The Tacoma Writer's Conference is a one-day workshop for writers interested in pursuing professional careers. Since 1986, it has provided an opportunity for beginning writers to work with some of the Northwest's most respected authors and editors. Pre-registration is $50, $55 at the door and $62 with lunch. This year's authors: Tom Bodett, John Moe, Stella Cameron, G.M. Ford, Richard Paul Russo, David Long, Robert Ferrigno, Candace Robb, Kathryn O. Galbraith, and Leslie What."
9 Apr 11 - Up Close & Personal - Virtual Mentoring Retreat: For writers of Children's, Fiction, Nonfiction, Plays, Romance, Screenwriting.
Vermont College Summer Writer's Conference: annual writers' work group class. Link reported broken.
Web Writers' Workshop: "place for creative and insightful writers and readers to congregate, share, and learn about the "BIZ", that is, the business of creating and disseminating literary fiction, poetry, etc."
JULY 21-26th 2007 PERFORM LIVE NIGHTLY along side some of the North East's most accomplished poets and members of Inverse Theater, New York City's only contemporary verse theater company. This course is for poets and writers who wish to develop their ability to speak and express themselves in public and for ACTORS who would like to develop their own truthful and organic approach to poetic scripts. The course is open to artists of all ages and stages in their careers. Course instructors Robert Laine and Hank Wagner from award winning Inverse Theater will lead a 5-day intensive in vocal technique, acting technique, breathing exercises, cold reading, speech forensics, music interpretation and classical text analysis. Guest teachers Carol Frost, Meg Kearney, BJ Ward and Jeanne Marie Beaumont will offer unique perspectives and exercises that illuminate their personal journeys from writer to performer. Instruction and housing will be at the scenic, historic, and private Pine Lake Environmental campus of Hartwick College, nestled in the northern hardwoods of NY state on Pine Lake. Course Cost is $875. Includes lodging (shared rooms), and two meals daily. 15 students maximum so apply now! 1 college credit in drama is available. See website for details.
Writer's Club, The: Appears to have several groups of writer workshops. Link reported broken.
Writers' Wordshop: A free workshop/critiquing service.
Yesterday's Dreamers: "a writer's support forum, with affiliated critiquing group on Yahoo!"
Zeugma: An Online Workshop for Poets: a free, high-caliber workshop for serious poets -- is accepting applications for membership. All backgrounds welcomed, from untutored talent to MFAs and beyond, but an obsession with craft and skill in critiquing is essential. Application consists of three poetry submissions, one critique and some loosely defined biographical information. Prior publication is neither required nor considered. Link broken.
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