Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story, leads a literary tour of San Francisco, a city of rollicking rogues and home of the Beats.
Each year, countless writers vie for the prestigious “waitership” position at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Former waiter and current reader Cara Blue Adams discusses her response to the short story “1997” by Mai Nardone, one of the 558 writers who applied for the coveted position last year.
A novelist recounts her experiences at Cheryl Strayed’s Writers Camp at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, where she learned the importance of recognizing authenticity in her writing and finding her tribe.
Whether it’s a daylong festival, a weekend conference, or a four-week residency, there are countless options for writers looking for a retreat. We rounded up more than eighty free conferences, residencies, and festivals across the country so that you can find the literary getaway that’s right for you—at little to no cost.
Kundiman, the New York City–based organization that hosts a prestigious annual retreat for Asian American poets, celebrates its ten-year anniversary by launching its inaugural fiction retreat this spring.
At the Sewall House retreat in Island Falls, Maine, the practice of yoga opens up new possibilities in the craft of writing.
On her way to the Vermont Studio Center and in a moment of panic, a writer tells a lie that leads her to realize an important truth about herself—and exactly what it takes to finish her novel.
A nonfiction writer and journalist offers advice for those struggling to return to daily life after attending a writers residency.
Founded in 1903 and known for its architecture, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and is often considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. A 140-room neo-Georgian hotel extending over 7,500 square feet, the Stanley is located near Rocky Mountain National Park and features panoramic mountain views. It also offers free entertainment in the summer in addition to year-round activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and shopping.
London-based Granta will close its New York City office; Haruki Murakami writes of the importance of the Boston Marathon; Brooklyn's legendary BookCourt Bookstore has launched a fundraising effort to expand northward; and other news.