Advanced Workshops

Lit Fest features intensive workshops for experienced writers of novels, poetry, short stories, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and dramatic writing. Participation is by application-only. 

Applications for the advanced workshops are now closed, but we are accepting, due the to uncertainty of the times, wait list requests for those who didn't apply or can now participate, given the virtual format. Simply write to [email protected], indicate your class choice or genre, your workshop experience, and attach a writing sample of up to 10 pages. We'll reach out on a rolling basis as roster spots become available. Emerging Writer and Veterans Fellowships were selected by Jericho Brown (Poetry), Daniel Goldfarb (Dramatic Writing), T Kira Madden (Nonfiction), Rebbeca Makkai (Fiction), and Brian Turner (Veterans). 

Wondering about the cost? Visit our tuition and fellowships page. We have opened up financial aid for advanced workshops for the first time ever, in response to saved expenses for travel and hotel. Accepted participants are sent to a financial aid page to request it.  To view all course descriptions, click here.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs or send us an email at [email protected]

Weekend Short Prose Intensive: BS Detector with Steve Almond

June 6-7, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Weekend Fiction Intensive: Grand Entrances with Jenny Offill

June 6-7, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Weekend Nonfiction Intensive: Body Stories with Melissa Febos

June 6-7, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Weeklong Fiction Workshop: A Nontraditional Workshop with Robin Black

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: The Archive as Story Builder with Sarah M. Broom

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Poetry Workshop: Invitations, Inventions, Inventories, and Turnstiles with Jane Hirshfield

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Advanced Weeklong Dramatic Writing Workshop: The First Act, the One Act, or the Pilot with Peter Parnell

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Creating Indelible Moments with Peter Orner

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: We Tell Each Other Stories In Order to Live with Thomas Chatterton Williams

June 8-12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weekend Nonfiction Intensive: How to Tell the Truth with Lacy M. Johnson

June 13-14, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Weekend Poetry Intensive: Declarations with Danez Smith

June 13-14, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Advanced Weekend Screenwriting Intensive: Kill Your Darlings and Write Better Ones with Francesca Sloane

June 13-14, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Weekend Fiction Intensive: A Tolerance for Ambiguity with Justin Torres

June 13-14, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: Writing into Hybrid Forms with Hanif Abdurraqib

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: Mapping the Memoir with Emily Rapp Black

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Style in Fiction with Garth Greenwell

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Writing What You're Writing with Sheila Heti

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Poetry Workshop: Love Lab with Ariana Reines

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Varieties of Plotting with Akhil Sharma

June 15-19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

How to Apply

We'll begin accepting applications via Submittable on January 2, 2020. Please submit your best work, which might not necessarily be what you plan to submit for the workshop. If the workshop accepts multiple genres (e.g. Hanif Abdurraqib), please submit your strongest work in any genre, using the appropriate genre-specific form. You'll have the opportunity to choose your first-, second-, and third-choice workshop within each form. We cannot guarantee that everyone will be placed with their first choice. If you'd like to attend multiple workshops, please submit an application for EACH workshop you'd like to attend. The priority deadline is March 14, and we'll notify applicants of their status in early April. Applications after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years). Please do not send in edited or revised materials after applications have closed.