The Writing Workshops offer poets and writers at all levels a full immersion experience, designed to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of authors with both long publishing records and extensive teaching experience, eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.
Coordinators: Victoria Chang and Ed Skoog
Writers from around the world have found a special home at Idyllwild Arts. For decades, it has gathered thoughtful, provoking, and notable guests—among them Ray Bradbury, Norman Corwin, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Terrance Hayes, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, David St. John, and Natasha Trethewey. Join us to be inspired and challenged by world-class voices at our annual Writers Week.
Work and engage with some of the country’s premier literary artists. Writers Week includes:
- Daily craft talks
- Public readings
- Book signing receptions
- Opportunities to socialize and exchange ideas
- Six Merit Fellowships opportunities idyllwildarts.submittable.com/submit
- Participant reading and farewell reception
The Idyllwild Writers Week gathers a diverse community of writers to work with talented and experienced faculty in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. For five days in July, attendees will improve their writing, refine their work, and hopefully have breakthrough moments through inspirational and thought-provoking workshops, craft talks, readings, and lively discussions under the mystic stars and Idyllwild pines.
Writers Week is open to anyone with an interest in writing, from enthusiastic beginners to emerging and established writers, as well as MFA students or graduates looking for some extra workshop time with different faculty. Faculty and guests will share their perspectives and offer feedback during the daily morning sessions and afternoon craft talks. Individualized attention is a priority so each of the six workshops has no more than 10 participants. Each night, there will be readings by faculty, guests, and fellows.
Prior to arriving, attendees will submit five pages of poetry for feedback (12-point font and single-spaced or otherwise, depending on the form of the poems) in the poetry workshops or 15 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction (12-point font and double-spaced) for the prose workshops. Each group will meet every morning on Monday through Friday.
When you register for Writers Week you will select one of three options: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Poetry: Samiya Bashir, Victoria Chang/Ed Skoog (co-teaching)
Fiction: Vu Tran
Nonfiction: Wendy C. Ortiz, David Ulin
Skill Level: All levels
Enrollment limited to 10 students per workshop/teacher
Writers Week Fellowship Applicants
**NOTE: Submissions accepted beginning February 1, 2019
Developing the Writer Within: The Craft and Art of Fiction
April 5-April 7, 2019
Faculty: Janet Fitch
Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Daily life has an insidious way of disconnecting us from our creative impulses. This intensive retreat is designed to reinforce participants’ connection with their creative sources, and explore aspects of craft through discussions and generative exercises. Elements might include nuts and bolts issues such as style, writing from the senses, structuring scene and story, the dialogue scene, to more intimate topics such as time management, fortitude, keeping inspiration alive and other issues which naturally arise in the cohort. Step aside from the daily grind for a few days and feed the writer within.
Enrollment limited to 14 students.
To Register, www.idyllwildarts.org/register.
Housing: Idyllwild offers a lovely variety of Cabins, B&B’s, & Inns. If you would like to be connected with other students for the possibility of sharing, please let our registrar know and they can help you.
Questions? Registrars – 951-468-7265
Janet Fitch is the author of the novels White Oleander, Paint it Black and The Revolution of Marina M. Her short fiction and essays have been widely published. She has taught creative writing at the Esalen Institute, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, the UCLA Writer’s Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing and Publishing program, and Pomona College, among others. She is frequently invited to speak on special topics in fiction writing. Her Writing Wednesday writing tip videos can be found on her author Facebook page. For more about Janet, check her website, www.janetfitchwrites.com.