MidWeek Update: Conferences & Retreats in Literature

8. 22. 18

Wednesday. It’s time to catch up with some updates and we are diving into literature for some upcoming conferences and retreats. All thanks to AWP.

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Idlewild Writers Retreat

Pomfret, Connecticut, United States



OCT 5  OCT 8, 2018


SCHOLARSHIP: None Available

CONTACT: Melissa Wyse
EMAIL: info@idlewildarts.com
WEBSITE: https://idlewildarts.com

The Idlewild Writers Retreat offers writers creative space and community. Our retreat is held in the scenic Quiet Corner of Connecticut each autumn. Our 2018 retreat will be held October 5-8, with discounted early registration rates available.
Our program offers creative time and space to write, along with opportunities to enjoy a community with fellow writers. Our retreat is held at a historic house (and former bed and breakfast), which offers beautiful spaces to write and to gather together, along with spacious accommodations. Writers will enjoy simple community meals sourced from local farms and markets, quiet time to engage with their own work, evening readings, workshops on mindfulness and creativity, and optional guided writing sessions. Our retreat is located in a scenic rural corner of northeast Connecticut, in an area known for its hiking trails and natural beauty, and its vibrant arts community and antique centers. Our retreat has direct backyard access to the Airline Trail, making it ideal for enjoying autumn here in New England. To learn more, please visit http://www.idlewildarts.com or reach out to us at info@idlewildarts.com.



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


Connecticut, United States



Legacy Writing: Capturing Your Stories for Future Generations with Brenda Hudson, Ph.D. at Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)

La Pointe, Wisconsin, United States



OCT 8  OCT 12, 2018


TUITION / COST:$785; lodging and meals are separate
Email us about our scholarships

CONTACT: Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)
PHONE: 715-747-2054
EMAIL: misa@madelineschool.com
WEBSITE: https://secure.madelineartschool.com/Classes_detail.cfm?Product_CatalogID=574&ProductNumber=WHB100818&ProductCode=49&NewProduct=0

Create a written legacy of your life, for yourself and for your future generations, using effective and fun journaling techniques.

Have you always wanted to document your life stories for future generations, but have never gotten around to it, or known where to begin? Perhaps you have started, but have started, but are stuck or overwhelmed. Maybe you want to pen your stories just for yourself, without any intention of sharing. If any of these scenarios ring true, this retreat is for you.

During our time together, you will examine your past and construct written vignettes or “captured moments” of your life. You will look for themes in your life, as well as your values and beliefs, as a way to organize your work. The main focus of this retreat is to provide practical and creative ways to help you write, through effective journaling techniques. There will be plenty of hands-on writing time so that at the end of this retreat, you will have a collection of completed stories and the know-how to continue your legacy writing.

Each participant will also receive a hand-crafted leather journal, made by Brenda!


Featured Writers Include:

Brenda Hudson, PhD



Creative Nonfiction


978 Middle Road
PO Box 536
La Pointe
Wisconsin, United States


Madeline Island School of the Arts

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is recognized for its world-renowned instructors. Classes are held on Madeline Island from June – October in spacious studios with superior on-site accommodations and a full-time staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience.

MISA’s main campus is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, in northern Wisconsin. Winter workshops are held at the two MISA West locations: Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.



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: http://www.writeaways.com/scholarships/

CONTACT: Writeaways
EMAIL: writeawaysinfo@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.writeaways.com

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.



Steel Pen Annual Writers’ Conference

Fair Oaks, Indiana, United States



OCT 27


SCHOLARSHIP: None Available

CONTACT: Kathryn Page Camp
EMAIL: steelpenconference@gmail.com
WEBSITE: http://www.inwriters.org

The Steel Pen Writers’ Conference is an opportunity for writers of all types to get together and learn from one another in a collegial setting. Featured speakers and experts in the field provide engaging workshops, and authors can showcase books, or receive direct critiques on their work from experienced writers.

Steel Pen Annual Writers’ Conference

Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks, Indiana, United States

The Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference is an opportunity for creative writers of all types to get together and learn from one another in a collegial setting. Featured speakers and experts in the field provide engaging workshops, and published authors can sell and autograph their books in the bookstore.

Come join us at the only conference in Northwest Indiana that supports writers at all stages of their careers. The Steel Pen Conference is held in October each year and is hosted by the Indiana Writers’ Consortium. This exciting opportunity allows you to network with fellow writers, showcase your work, present a workshop, sell books in the bookstore, and learn about all aspects of creative writing.

For 2018, we are pleased to announce that Michael Poore will present the keynote speech during lunch. He is the author of Reincarnation Blues and Up Jumps the Devil, as well as numerous short fiction, works in publications such as Agni, Glimmer Train, and Southern Review. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun” was selected for The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. His first novel, Up Jumps the Devil, was hailed by The New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece.”


Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Location: Fair Oaks Farms

754 N 600 E

Fairs Oaks, Indiana 47943

Details: October 27

Scholarships: Available

Contact: Kathryn Page Camp

Email: steelpenconference@gmail.com

Website: http://www.inwriters.org



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


754 N 600 E
Fair Oaks
Indiana, United States


Indiana Writers’ Consortium

Indiana Writers’ Consortium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit-organization, inspires and builds a community of creative writers. We are focused on Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan but open to membership from any part of the world. Please visit us at http://www.inwriters.org to learn more about our events and how you can be a part of our growing group of writers and artists.

Click on the links to get more information on these events.


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