The Workshop Program is composed of eight to ten individual workshops. Each workshop is led by a different instructor, and each has 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. Most workshops will 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, you may 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.


All workshops begin on the evening of Tuesday, January 10, 2023, with an orientation dinner for students and faculty at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. Classes start the following day and meet for three hours a day (generally 10 am – 1 pm) until Saturday, January 14. On Friday we will host a farewell cocktail party for students and faculty (your final class takes place the next day).

Beginning in 2023, the schedules for the Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program partially overlap: 

  • Workshops begin with an orientation dinner Tuesday night. Classroom sessions are held Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat, typically from 10 am – 1 pm.
  • The Seminar begins Thursday evening and continues Fri-Sat-Sun. Programming typically runs from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Thus, it is possible to attend both programs but not both programs in their entirety. As our workshops require full participation, if you are enrolled in a workshop, your attendance at the Seminar would be limited to Thursday evening (Keynote), Friday and Saturday afternoons, and all day Sunday. The combined registration fee for both events is reduced to $975 (regularly $1,350) to reflect this limited attendance.

The schedule below illustrates what attending both programs would look like. (Times are approximate, subject to change).

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
AM Workshop:
10 am–1 pm
10 am–1 pm
10 am–1 pm
10 am–1 pm
Seminar Morning Program:
9:30 am–12:30 pm






Workshop dinner:
7–9:30 pm



Cocktail hour (open bar): 4:30 pm

Seminar Keynote & 40th Anniversary Reception:
5:30–9 pm

Seminar Afternoon Program: 2:30–4:30 pm

Workshop Farewell Cocktail Party:
4:30 pm

Seminar Evening Program: 5:30–7 pm

Seminar Afternoon Program:
2:30–7 pm
Lunch provided by KWLS for Seminar registrants: 12:30–2 pm

Seminar Afternoon Program:
2–4:30 pm


We are currently accepting applications. Once admitted, you will have the option of signing up for just the workshop program ($675 total) or for the Workshop/ Seminar combination ($975 total).