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Writing Workshop Roundup: Summer 2016

Writing Workshop Roundup: Summer 2016

"Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life." — Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter

Having a hard time keeping up with your writing "homework" during the lazy, hazy days of summer? Luckily there are tons of great summer workshops and classes to help you out.

Today we're bringing you classes and workshops from 50 writing organizations all over the world and online. You’ll find when classes are being offered, workshops highlights, locations, and price ranges.

To help you navigate, this post is broken down by region:

Don't see your organization or classes below? Let us know at team@wet.ink.

ONLINE

The Brainery

Are you into speculative fiction? Look no further -- Neil Gaiman says the Brainery is terrific! The Brainery's speculative fiction summer classes are planned but not yet announced. Sign up at their site to stay informed.

When: To be announced

Where: Online

How much: $500

Corporeal Writing

This summer Corporeal Writing is offering Metamorphosis: Theory & Practice, which includes six video lectures from bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch with prompts and feedback.

When: 7/10-8/21

Where: Online

How much: $675


Creative Writing Ink

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Creative Writing Ink's summer offerings include workshops on the memoir, poetry, and for writers at the intermediate level.

When: Starts 6/29, 6 weeks

Where: Online

How much: £120


How to Write Better

Best-selling author Joshua Fields Millburn's summer webinar teaches clear and concise writing, “whether you’re interested in creating more powerful business emails, improving your blogging skills, composing beautiful prose, or writing your first book.”

When: 6/26

Where: Online

How much: $25


Lit Reactor

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Lit Reactor's workshop highlights include honing grammar, character development, timelines, and plotlines. Genres include fiction, flash fiction, novel, YA, and memoir.

When: 6/20-8/30

Where: Online

How much: $79 to over $300 depending on class length


Minal Hajratwala

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This writer, coach, and consultant has two online, ongoing offerings.

The Creative Art of Proposals

These self-paced, 21 lessons will teach students "how to write kick-ass language" to get work funded, published, and "all loved up."

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

How much: $66 for class only; $166 for class and private strategy session

Writing from the Chakras

Thirty-one days of "inspiration, direct to your inbox." Subscribers get "inspiring written, visual, and audio prompts," creativity exercises, and tools for engaging the "mind/body/soul" in writing.

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

How much: $129


One Story

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Don't miss One Story's Become Your Own Best Editor: Learning from “The Remains,” in which students will learn about the three different types of editing: content editing, line editing, and copyediting.

When: 6/22-6/28

Where: Online

How much: $60; $50 for previous students


Sarah Selecky

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Sarah Selecky, the author of This Cake Is for the Party, a collection of short stories, will be teaching The Story Intensive, which includes deadlines, instruction, a community, support, and feedback. The focus is on developing a “transformative writing practice, improving your writing, and generating new short stories.”

When: 8/29-12/16

Where: Online

How much: $1200 or $1400 for regular or late registration


Writers.com

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Workshop topics include autobiography, memoir, writing for magazines, food writing, blogging, pitching, fiction, poetry, novel, and writing for beginners.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online

How much: $175 for 4 weeks; $215 for 5 weeks; $315 for 8 weeks, $360 for 10 weeks


More Online Classes

The organizations below offer online classes in addition to their in-person classes. Click on any of them to learn more:

NORTHEAST

Brooklyn Poets

Brooklyn Poets is offering workshops in two levels, Level I: Foundational Forms and Level II: Contemporary Practice.

When: 6/12-7/24

Where: Brooklyn, NY

How much: $295 for 6 sessions


Catapult Story

Catapult Story's summer classes cover fiction and nonfiction, as well as revision, self-publishing, and how to be freelance writer.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; New York, NY

How much: $99 for one day; $495 for 6 sessions


Fine Arts Work Center

The Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Workshops 2016 program includes classes in the visual arts, fiction, poetry, and memoir.

When: 6/12-8/26

Where: Provincetown, MA

How much: $600-$725 for 15 to 20-hour workshops


Gotham Writers

The classes at Gotham Writers include article writing, blogging, business writing, children's book writing, creative nonfiction, fiction, food writing, how to get published, humor writing, mystery, poetry, playwriting, and much more.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online and New York, NY

How much: $125 for one day or 3 week online intensive; $299-315 6 weeks; $165 2-4 week intensive; $399-$425 10 weeks


GrubStreet

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GrubStreet's robust summer curriculum explores fiction, nonfiction, journalistic skills, novel, memoir, screenwriting, YA/middle grade, and poetry.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; Boston, MA

How much: $55-$130 for one day; $315-$330 for 6 weeks; $525-$550 for 10 weeks; $690-720 for 12 weeks


Hudson Valley Writers Center

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Workshops this summer cover the essay, poetry, fiction, and memoir.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Sleepy Hollow, NY

How much: $200 to $400 depending on class length


New School Writing

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New School Writing offers classes on literature, screenwriting, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and much more.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: New York, NY

How much: $650 for 2 months; $760 for 2.5 months


No, You Tell It!

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Participants in this “switched-up” storytelling series not only write their own stories, they perform them with a partner.

When: Ongoing

Where: New York City area

How much: $500 for one day (6 hours) or a mini-workshop (2 4-hour sessions); $1000 for multi-week (4 2-hour sessions) or one 3-hour session and 2 6-hour sessions


Poetry Barn

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Poetry Barn's summer workshops cover food and poetry, magical realist poetry, using personal experiences, narrative poetry, book binding, and acrostic poetry open to kids.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; West Hurley, NY

How much: $30-$35 for one day; $150 for 4 weeks online; $175 for 4 weeks live


Sackett Street Writers

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Brooklyn-based Sackett Street Writers is offering live and online classes this summer.

Brooklyn classes

Topics include book proposals, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing.

When: June and July

Where: Brooklyn, NY

How much: $75 for one day; $525 for 8 sessions; $350-450 for 6 sessions

Online classes

Genres include the novel, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

When: July

Where: Online

How much: $525-$1125 for 10 weeks


The Writer's Center

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In the Women's Writing Circle students will write from prompts and share their work.

When: 6/29-6/30

Where: White River Junction, VT

How much: $100


SOUTHEAST

The Muse Writers Center

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These summer workshops cover a wide range of topics, including general creative writing, conquering writer's block, journaling, flash fiction, novel writing, screenwriting, graphic novel/comic books, memoir, pitching magazine articles, copyediting, creating a web presence, and finding an agent.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Norfolk, VA

How much: $170 for 4 sessions; $200 for 6 sessions; $230 for 8 sessions. Discounts available for returning students.

Southeastern Writers Workshop

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This summer the Southeastern Writers Workshop is offering fiction and nonfiction classes, which include three free manuscript evaluations with one-on-one feedback from faculty, access to an agent and a publisher, and contests with cash prizes.

When: 6/17-6/21

Where: St. Simons Island, GA

How much: $495


West Virginia Writers' Workshop

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Through the West Virginia Writers' Workshop you can find classes in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Also available are one-on-one meetings with the workshop leader, a welcome luncheon, and full access to panels, craft classes, and readings.

When: 7/21-7/24

Where: Morgantown, WV

How much: $350


The Writer's Center

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Summer workshop topics include film and TV writing, yoga and writing, conflict, short stories, memoir, Young Adult and Middle Grade, and poetry.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; Maryland

How much: $50-$500 for one day to 8 weeks


SOUTH

The Porch Writers' Collective

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This summer the Porch Writers’ Collective is offering Writing Badly: A Poetry Workshop.

When: 6/18

Where: Nashville, TN

How much: $46 for members, $51 for non-members


MIDWEST

Chicago Story Studio

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Workshop topics include business writing, novel, essay, getting started, memoir, mystery, romance, interview, and submission bootcamp.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; Chicago, IL

How much: $45-$50 for one day; $325 for 6 weeks; $415 for 8 sessions; $1295 for a year.


Interlochen Arts

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Workshop topics include mystery writing, contracts and copyright for artists, blogging for artists and writers, and more.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Interlochen, MI

How much: $45 to $195 depending on class length


The Loft Literary Center

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Come to the Loft this summer to learn about writing fiction, memoir, and poetry.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; Minneapolis, MN

How much: $280-$390 for 2 months. Member discounts available.


Veterans Writing

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The Veterans Writing Project is offering a follow up to their April workshop at the Saint Louis Public Library.

When: July 23

Where: St. Louis, MO

How much: FREE


SOUTHWEST

Gemini Ink

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Summer workshops cover the novel, the essay, and the memoir.

When: June and July

Where: San Antonio, TX

How much: $60 to $95


Writespace

Writespace's summer workshop topics include editing, fiction, memoir, novel writing, screenwriting, and honing your skills in sharp dialogue, point of view, and setting.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Houston, TX

How much: $30-$100 for one day; $175-$215 for 4 sessions


PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Attic Institute

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At the Attic Institute writers can access summer workshops on poetry, Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, and creative nonfiction.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $95-$200+ for 5 weeks depending on class


Hugo House

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Get out of the Seattle rain and into Hugo House's workshops on publishing, poetry, short story, memoir, children's writing, the Modern Love essay, book proposals, and graphic novels.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Seattle, WA

How much: $75 for one day; $200 for 2 days; $200-$380 for 4-10 week courses. Member discounts available.


PDX Writers

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PDX Writers is offering two workshops this summer.

The Short Story

Students will study the elements of a story, write to prompts, and use butcher paper to map stories. They should also come prepared with an idea for a character or plot, or a few complete pages.

When: 7/5-726 (4 Tuesdays)

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $150

The First Ten Workshop

Focuses on perfecting the first 10 pages of a work.

When: 8/10-8/24 (3 Wednesdays)

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $125


WEST

1888 Center

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In the 1888 Center's Summer Writing Project, authors can "craft their novellas one chapter at a time with immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from their readers.”

When: 7/1-7/30. Submissions are due 6/30.

Where: Orange, CA

How much: FREE


The Grotto

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The Grotto is offering workshops on fiction, editing, medical and science writing, memoir, pitching and proposals, reporting, interviewing, poetry, and freelancing.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: San Francisco, CA

How much: $88-$125 for one session; $275-$495 for 5 or 6 weeks


Idyllwild Arts Summer Program

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Writers Week gives writers of all levels a week-long, fully immersive opportunity to deepen their understanding of story and language. Genres include fiction, poetry, personal essay, and memoir.

When: 7/11-7/15

Where: Idyllwild, CA

How much: $755


LA Writers' Lab

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The LA Writers’ Lab provides workshops on screenwriting and readying work for publication.

Teleconference Workshops

Genres include fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and memoir.

When: June and July

Where: Via phone

How much: $445-$925 for 3 months

Live “Master” Classes

Covers screenwriting and rewriting.

When: Ongoing

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: $300 per month; $975 for 12 weeks


San Diego Writers Ink

San Diego Writers Ink is offering one-day and multiple session classes and workshops in genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screen and playwriting. For writers of all levels.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: San Diego County, CA

How much: $45-$60 for one day; $90-$108 2 days; $159 for 6 weeks; $150-180 for 5 weeks


SF Creative Writing Institute

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The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute's summer offering is Poetry Workshop: Find Inspiration, Play, Experiment, Craft.

When: 7/7-8/11

Where: San Francisco, CA

How much: $325 for 5 weeks


Script Academy

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At the Script Academy students can learn about writing TV pilots, comedies, and dramas.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online; Los Angeles, CA

How much: $350 for 5 weeks; $595 for 5 weeks with feedback


StoryCenter

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StoryCenter's summer classes are on digital storytelling in general and as applied to public health.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Mostly online but a few live classes in Berkeley, CA

How much: Free to $75 per session to $995 for 4 to 5 days


Writing Workshops LA

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Los Angelean writers can hone their writing skills in genres including memoir, short story, poetry, and the novel.

When: July and August

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: $120-$130 for one day; $150-$170 for 2 days; $350-390 for 8 weeks. Prices lower for returning students.


Writing Pad

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Get writing at the Writing Pad with its online and in-person classes in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Los Angeles

Topics include radio storytelling, personal essay, screenwriting, novel, blogging, TV writing, science fiction, and publishing.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: $90 for one-day; $295 to $495 for 4 to 7 weeks

San Francisco

Topics include fiction, personal essay, and radio storytelling.

When: June and July

Where: San Francisco, CA

How much: $395-$425 for 4 or 5 weeks


UNITED KINGDOM

Arvon Foundation

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Across the pond you’ll find the Arvon Foundation and its five-day classes, which are taught at “three beautiful rural writers’ houses.” Topics include the novel, graphic novel, poetry, playwriting, romance, nonfiction, nature writing, screenwriting, children's, and memoir.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: London area

How much: About £750 for 5-day course


Guardian Masterclasses

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Guardian Masterclasses offer a “broad range of short and long courses," including the novel, children's writing, one-on-one mentoring, getting your book published, and the science of storytelling.

When: June and July

Where: London

How much: £249 for one day; £449 for 2 days; £599 for 6 sessions; £975-£2750 for different levels of mentoring


Nottingham Writers' Studio

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At the the Nottingham Writers’ Studio this summer, students can attend When the Words Won’t Come, which includes advice and exercises to build confidence and develop individual voice.

When: 6/25

Where: Nottingham, UK

How much: £15 for members; £25 for non-members


OTHER

826 Chapters

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This national network founded by author Dave Eggers and award-winning educator Nínive Calegari offers youth-centered creative writing workshops, tutoring centers, and other programs in seven cities. Two of those cities, Los Angeles and New York, have some summer offerings.

826 Los Angeles

Kids of various ages can take workshops on journalism and the intersection between computer programming and creative writing. They can also hone their reading skills.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: FREE

826 New York

Workshops on documentary filmmaking, podcasting, NYC plants and writing are available to youth from ages 10 to 18.

When: July and August

Where: Brooklyn, NY

How much: FREE but workshops participants are selected by lottery. $25 refundable deposit required to hold spots.


Bangalore Writers Workshop

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This summer the Bangalore Writers Workshop is offering its “classic” course on sharpening writing skills.

When: 6/18-7/31

Where: Bangalore, India

How much: $187 for 8 weeks


Faber Academy

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Course topics include fiction, the novel, the short story, poetry, and writing for beginners.

When: Throughout the summer

Where: Online, London, Australia

How much: £90 for one week


Writers Studio

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The Writers Studio offers fiction and poetry workshops taught at different levels, from beginning to advanced.

When: June and July

Where: Online, New York, Tucson, San Francisco, Amsterdam

How much: $345-$490 for 2+ hour sessions, depending on location


Again, if you'd like us to include you in this listing, just drop us a note at team@wet.ink. Happy summer schooling!