Weeknd Update: Residence Programs and Other Things Literature

7. 21. 18

Hello again! Just a few others things to remind you courtesy of Association of Writers & Writing Programs. I found some conferences and other neat things for those who want to work out their literary brains…

Credit source: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)


Bookgardan: A Year’s Sustenance for Writers

Keene, New York, United States

A 12-month, low-residency book cultivation program of sustained individual mentorship and ongoing small-group interaction online, bracketed by two week-long residencies.

Bring your book project to full fruition in Bookgardan, a year-long program of intensive, one-on-one literary mentorship and supportive camaraderie with an intimate cohort of fellow writers, featuring monthly manuscript assessments and online craft lessons, beginning and ending with two week-long fall residencies at Craigardan, a mountainside retreat for artists, makers & thinkers in the majestic Adirondacks of upstate New York.

Led by internationally acclaimed novelist & teacher of writers Kate Moses (Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath), a founding senior editor & staff writer at Salon and former senior acquisitions editor at North Point Press, Bookgardan provides writers with professional expertise, structure, and nurturing guidance to cultivate their works-in-progress over a year, with the goal of significant development & refinement by the end of the program.

The opening residency provides enrolled writers with the tools and insights to sustain their writing for over a year, in a supportive community with their cohort. Writers will make 11 scheduled manuscript submissions followed by video conferencing with Kate and will participate online in craft lessons, seminar-style discussions, Q&As with guest writers and publishing professionals, and optional workshop exchanges. Each writer will receive a full manuscript evaluation at the end of the program during a culminating residency devoted to individual next steps and protocols for professional writers.

Bookgardan program dates are October 1, 2018, through October 7, 2019, with opening and closing residencies Oct 1-8 2018 and Sept 30-Oct 7 2019. Enrollment is limited to 6-8 writers each year. Writers of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed genre works at any stage of development are encouraged to apply. For more information and applications, please visit


Featured Writers Include:

Kate Moses, Founding Director of Birds & Muses



Fiction, Creative Nonfiction


Craigardan Arts Center
New York, United States

OCT 1  OCT 7, 2019


SCHOLARSHIP: None Available

CONTACT: Kate Moses


Birds & Muses

Established by writer, editor & teacher of writers Kate Moses, Birds & Muses is a literary consultancy offering sustained mentorship, editorial services, writing intensive retreats, and an annual year-long book cultivation program, Bookgardan, to writers of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed genre works.






Writeaway Grand Tour

France and Italy, (Not Specified)


OCT 8  OCT 24, 2018


TUITION / COST:$4,200 for a private room; $4,000 for couples or friends sharing a room
$100 discount for AWP members. See here for more: 

CONTACT: Writeaways

The Writeaways Grand Tour combines our programs in France and Italy into a single program designed to allow you to immerse yourself in your writing.

Spend two weeks writing and workshopping the project of your choice in two spectacular locations – Chateau du Pin in France’s Loire Valley and Villa Cini and Villa Casanova in the Tuscany region of Italy – at a discounted price.

Join us as we travel between France and Italy for a supplementary transportation fee, or explore Europe on your own.

Includes daily writing workshops, writing consultations, excursions, and all meals, wine, and after-dinner drinks, plus French and Italian wine tastings, a visit to a French farmers’ market and an Italian cooking class.


Featured Writers Include:

Mimi Herman and John Yewell



Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children’s literature


Chateau du Pin
Villa Cini and Villa Casanova
France and Italy
(Not Specified)


Writeaways – Writing Getaways and Workshops

Sometimes writers just need to get away.

We created Writeaways to help you do that. We provide writing instruction designed to help writers at all levels, fabulous food and company in beautiful places, and a safe place for you to take a writing vacation with your muse, and maybe a good friend. Programs in France, Italy and North Carolina.




2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Oregon Convention Center
March 27–30, 2019

Key Dates

Social Networking

Conference Queries


Conference Events

Future Conferences

San Antonio, Texas

  • March 4–7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri

  • March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center


More to come soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be safe, be blessed.

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