President Obama proclaims October as National Arts and Humanities Month; National Book Foundation announces 5 Under 35 honorees; Hollywood’s “most sought-after word nerds”; and other news.
Writers Venues and Communities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two editors launch a new digital magazine that explores the business of getting paid to write.
Poet Robert Polito brings his years of experience in New York City's writing community to Chicago, where he succeeds John Barr as the president of the Poetry Foundation.
Visual artist Jonathan Allen and poet Anselm Berrigan team up to create LOADING, an exhibit in New York City that will be published in book form this fall by Brooklyn Arts Press.
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 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.