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.
Writers Venues and Communities
For those considering a graduate program in writing but who may not feel the MFA is right for them, an author and teacher offers five practical reasons to consider a Master of Arts degree as an alternative.
Ink blots and reader notes are on display at Cambridge; writers discuss the importance of place in their work; a literary atlas of Ireland; and other news.
The Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City kicks off a season of special events in honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary, starting with an exhibit of rare photos, letters, and ephemera from the center's storied past.
The live storytelling scene, commonly known as Live Lit, has taken off in Chicago, often boasting more than fifty shows a month in the Windy City.
In an effort to preserve her grandmother's legacy, Brooklyn–based poet and visual artist Bianca Stone is working to turn the late Ruth Stone's Vermont house into a writers center and residency.
TheOffice was created to provide a comfortable and inspirational work environment for creative professionals. This writing space was designed by Serena Walther Leventhal and Tony Schubert with Feng Shui by Master David Cho.
Founded in 2012, Page One Literary Center is a community-based nonprofit offering both one-day and multi-week creative writing workshops as well as several literary events. These events include an open mic night for adults and the Collaborative LiterARTi Series, which combines music, writing, and visual art. In the fall of 2013, Page One plans to offer affordable, quiet workspaces for writers.
Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England. It brings educational opportunities and professional development to the community while encouraging social responsibility. Classes are taught by local instructors who often run local businesses and are considered experts in their field. The BCAE offers nearly two thousand classes each year, including classes in writing strategies, freelance writing, grammar, blogging, and book promotion.