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 open. Emerging Writer and Veterans Fellowships will be selected by authors in each genre, judges to be announced shortly. 

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]

Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Write More with Sheila Heti

June 7-11, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM MT

Advanced Weekend Intensive: Steve Almond

Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Rebecca Makkai

June 7-11, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM MT

Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Mat Johnson

June 7-11, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM MT

Advanced Weeklong Poetry Workshop: Gregory Pardlo

June 7-11, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM MT

Advanced Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: Mapping the Memoir with Emily Rapp Black

June 7-11, 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM MT

Advanced Weeklong Poetry Workshop: Carolyn Forché

June 7-11, 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM MT

Advanced Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: Jaquira Díaz

Advanced Weekend Nonfiction Intensive: Writing Relationships with Leslie Jamison

June 12-13, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM MT

Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: Style, Intimacy, & Setting with Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Advanced Fiction Weekend Intensive: Queering the Arc with Bryan Washington

June 5-6, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM MT

Advanced Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: T. Kira Madden

Advanced Weekend Poetry Intensive: Layli Long Soldier

Advanced Weeklong Playwriting Workshop: Sarah Ruhl

How to Apply

We'll begin accepting applications via Submittable on January 4, 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. Steve Almond), 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 13, 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.