workshops: program overview

Overview of the Workshop Program

The Workshop Program officially begins on the evening of Monday, January 13, 2020, with an orientation dinner. Workshop classes begin Tuesday morning and take place each day through the final class on Friday, January 17. All workshops meet for three hours a day (generally 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) and are priced at $600. Most (but not all) workshops will require some advance reading and/or a manuscript submission.

For the daily workshop sessions, you will be in a classroom with your instructor and eleven fellow students. Afternoon and evening events offer an opportunity to connect with the larger group of workshop participants (100-140 people). These include: evening programs featuring lectures and presentations by faculty members; opportunities to go sailing with fellow workshop participants; and a final reception. The sailing opportunity requires an additional fee; all other events mentioned here are included in your workshop fee of $600.

In addition, our Writer’s Toolkit program addresses the practicalities of publishing and promotion in today’s marketplace. These afternoon sessions are available for an additional fee and are limited to sixteen participants per session. Details will be announced in the fall.

Application & Enrollment

Two basic types of workshop are offered: “mixed levels” and “advanced.” Advanced workshops require a writing sample as part of the application and are more competitive; Mixed-levels workshops are open to writers of all levels, and acceptance into the workshop is based upon your cover letter. Once you get a spot in the workshop, you will be asked to pay a deposit of $200 within seven days.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 20 until the class is full. To increase your chances of acceptance into the program, you may choose to apply for two workshops simultaneously. In this case, full applications are required for each workshop and you will be asked to indicate a 1st and 2nd choice. Applicants will generally receive an answer within four to six weeks. Once you get a spot in the workshop, you will be asked to pay a deposit of $200 within seven days.

A waitlist will be established for each class once it is fully enrolled.

Financial Assistance

Two spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship recipients. Click here for guidelines and application.


If you have any questions, please call us at 305-293-9291, or email kschumann [at]