*2025 Workshops will run from Sunday, January 5 – Thursday January 9*

The Workshop Program is composed of eight to ten individual workshops, each led by a different instructor, and with its own focus and eligibility requirements. Class size is limited to twelve participants per workshop, with a total of approximately 100 participants in the program. Classes are typically held indoors.

We offer two types of workshops: “All Levels” and “Advanced.” Advanced workshops require a writing sample as part of the application; “All Levels” workshops are open to writers at any level and require only a cover letter.

All workshops are priced at $675. Upon being accepted into a workshop, you will be asked to pay a deposit of $300 within seven days in order to secure your spot. The balance of $375 is due September 30. Our Cancellation/Refund Policy can be found here.

For the daily workshop sessions, you will be in a classroom with your instructor and eleven fellow students. Many workshops require some advance reading and/or a manuscript submission, which will be due in the fall.

We accept applications on a rolling basis until the class is full. To increase your chances of acceptance, it is best to apply for two workshops simultaneously. Separate applications are required for each workshop, and you will be asked to indicate a first and second choice. Early applicants will generally receive an answer within four to six weeks. A waitlist will be established for each workshop once it is full. Please note: While we often see some movement on the waitlists in the late fall, you will likely not receive updates unless there is a change in your status.


The 2024 Workshop Schedule is here.

Most students will arrive the day before workshops begin to pick up their workshop packets during an optional registration, 5 – 6:30 pm at the Elizabeth Bishop House, 624 White St. In-class sessions begin on Monday morning, January 8, 2024. All workshops will run for three hours from Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm. Classroom locations are all in old town and will be allocated in late fall. On Monday evening after the first day of classes, there is a Welcome Dinner for all students and faculty at the Hemingway Home & Museum.

Note that the Workshop Program is separate and distinct from the Seminar. In 2024 the two programs will run consecutively, which means that workshop students can attend both programs in full, if they wish. Alternately, to cap off the workshop week, registered students may purchase a separate ticket for the Seminar Keynote & Gala Reception, at a reduced rate (more information upon registration).

  • Workshops begin with registration on Sunday afternoon, January 7.
  • The first in-class session is held on Monday morning, January 8. Four classes of three hours each run from Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm.
  • On Monday evening, there is a required Welcome Dinner for students and faculty (included in workshop fee).
  • The Seminar begins with a Keynote address on Thursday evening (after workshops end) and continues all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Programming typically runs from 9:30 am until sunset.

We begin accepting workshop applications in the spring. To be notified as soon as we open registration, please join our Mailing List. (Sign up at the bottom of this page.)

Financial Assistance

Spaces are reserved in each workshop through our Workshop Fellowship Awards. If you are applying for an award, please do NOT apply via the regular submission process. Click here for guidelines and application.