Spring Break for Writers

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By Giorgio Montersino

Living in a college town, it’s hard not to know when spring break is coming up. Students are frantic about classes but excited about heading to the beach for a week. (The rest of town is just excited to have available parking and fewer pedestrians with hoods up and earbuds in.) It’s true, though, that even the best of us need a break to relax and refocus.

Did you know that writers can still have this break, even if they’re not in college? Writers workshops or conferences are built to get your creativity flowing. They surround you with teachers and other writers and allow you to immerse yourself in your craft. These workshops also help writers build their community of contacts and even meet publishers and agents.

Here are a few suggestions to get you excited. Writing Break! Wooo!

  • Hindman Settlement School: This week-long Kentucky workshop is for Appalachian writers of all genres. It is well known in the Appalachian literary community for cranking out geniuses.
  • Redrock Writers: While this one is coming up on the 5th, you can still plan ahead for next year. It is set in Utah and is a seminar for all genres.
  • Algonkian Writer Retreat: This Virginia retreat also takes place month, from the 16th to the 20th. It is built for aspiring novelists, short fiction writers, and memoirists. While expensive, it does cover tuition, lodging, and some food.
  • Boston Summer Writers Conference: The name says it all! This conference features workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  • Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference: Set in Vermont in the summer, this conference includes craft classes, lectures, meet and greets, and readings. It is another expensive one, but it has a very strong reputation for alumni success.

Check out a much longer list here!

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