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19 Top Creative Writing Workshops in Michigan

By Katrina Kwan

creative writing workshops in michigan

Are you a writer in Michigan who wants to improve your creative writing by taking a class ?

Below you’ll find 19 top creative writing workshops in Michigan.

1. The 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop

First hosted in 2015, Writing Day Workshops is presenting the 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop on May 4 th , 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi. The event has limited space for up to 200 guests and offers a wide range of events to participate in, taking place between 9:30am to 5:00pm.

The event is designed to help writers through the publishing process, and will even feature several literary agents from agencies like The Knight Agency, Howland Literary, and more. It costs $189 to register for the event. If you’d like a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with a literary agent or editor, it costs an additional $29. Space is still available, so be sure to apply via email .

2. Wellspring Writing Workshops in Ann Arbor

Wellspring Writing Workshops, a group based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is hosting their 8-week Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop. The most recent workshop took place every Thursday evening from March 7 th to March 28 th . But it’s not too late to register!

The next workshop will be hosted Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:45pm from April 4 th to April 25 th . The workshop itself is led by Julie Marioux, a published author, English teacher, and certified AWA workshop method leader. The cost to register is $200, and each session is limited to up to nine people, so be sure to apply as soon as possible!

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3. 826michigan’s Detroit Public Library Writing Workshops

If you’re a young writer between 6 to 10 years old who’s looking to participate in a free writing workshop, 826michigan is currently hosting the weE-Bots at the Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library. This creative writing workshop assigns its writers new topics every week to stimulate the imagination and provide them an outlet to brainstorm, draft, revise, and publish their work.

This workshop is entirely free and requires no prior-registration. All you have to do is show up between October 1 st to May 20 th on Mondays between 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the library located at 21200 Grand River Detroit, Michigan. Click here for a map of the location!

4. Bear River Writers’ Conference with the University of Michigan

The Bear River Writers’ Conference takes place annually in Northern Michigan near Walloon Lake. This year, this conference takes places over several days between May 30 th to June 3 rd , 2019. A host of talented and experience industry professionals will be attending like A. Van Jordan, Mardi Link, Diane Seuss, and Desiree Cooper.

The fee to sign up for this conference is $645 per person. If you’re hoping to find lodging and meal solutions as well, check out the conference’s lodging and fees page. For more information, or if you’re interested in registering, you can contact the organizing team via email or call (734)763-2342.

5. 8-Week Introduction to Memoir with Kelsey Ronan

Writing Workshops Detroit is currently offering a creative writing workshop called 8-Week Introduction to Memoir , led by Kelsey Ronan. Kelsey has earned an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is a former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. The creative writing workshop itself begins on Thursday, April 11 th , 2019, and is available to new students for a fee of $415. Returning students are offered a rate of $390.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to explore major moments in your life and how to recount them with as much detail and emotional impact as possible. The class meets at 1420 Washington Blvd #301 in Detroit at 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The class size is limited to 8 people only, so be sure to register if you’re interested! For more information, you can use Writing Workshops Detroit’s online contact form .

6. Rochester Writers’ Spring Conference

Based out of Rochester, Michigan, the Rochester Writers group is hosting a spring conference on March 30 th , 2019 between 9:00am to 5:00pm at Oakland University. There will be several events at the workshop to help writers of fiction, nonfiction, and business writing. Their main panel will be discussing the process of self-publishing for those creative writers who are interested in getting their projects out to readers without having to jump through the hurdles of traditional publishing.

They are still accepting late registrations for $130, and even offer at-the-door registration for $160. If you’re interested in attending this writing conference, you can apply online or by mail. The exact event will take place at 2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan. For more information, you can email the team at Rochester Writers.

7. Writing the World: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop by Interlochen Center for the Arts

The Interlochen Center for the Arts, which is based in Interlochen, Michigan, offers a wide range of creative writing programs. They are currently offering a creative nonfiction workshop called Writing the World , which takes place over three days between August 20 th to August 22 nd , 2019. The workshop will be led by Jaimien Delp, who is a part of the creative writing faculty and Interlochen College.

The only thing that participants need to bring along is their own laptop to use for writing exercise. The class registration fee is $275 per person, or $250 per person if you register prior to April 1 st , 2019. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can.

8. Creative Writing Workshops with Voice & Vessel

Based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Voice & Vessel is a writing studio that offers a handful of different resources for aspiring and established writers. They are currently offering a creative writing workshop both on-location and online. Their latest workshop, Tending the Work , is an online workshop that is geared toward writers who getting ready for submission.

Led by Emily Stoddard, an affiliate with Amherst Writers & Artists and the founder of Voice & Vessel, this workshop also comes with a welcome-kit that provides need-to-know information for writers about the publishing industry and the steps it takes to get published. It starts April 10 th and costs $125 to register. For more information, you’re strongly encouraged to call (616) 350-6210.

9. 8-Week Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop with Shaun Manning

Creative writing isn’t just limited to fiction and nonfiction. It can also include the realm of graphic novels and comics! Writing Workshops Detroit offers 8-Week Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop with Shaun Manning, an experienced comic book writer who’s worked on projects liked Star Wars Adventures, Garbage Pail Kids, and Dark Horse Presents .

The class begins on Monday, April 8 th , 2019 between 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Bamboo Detroit, located at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit. The class costs $415 for new students, and $390 for returning students. Class sizes are limited, so be sure to register soon!

10. Creative Writing Day at the DIA with Diane Shipley DeCillis

Detroit Working Writers is a community of like-minded writers who share an abundance of creative and professional resources to navigate the literary world. The group offers a variety of workshops, including the third annual Creative Writing Day at the DIA . This workshop recently took place on Saturday, March 16 th , 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Hosted by Diane Shipley DeCillis, a professional poet and writer, attendants got to learn tips and tricks to expand their creative writing skills. For more information about next year’s event, you can contact the organizer via email .

11. Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference

Based out of Norton Shores, Michigan, the Maranatha Christian Writer’s group is offering a writers’ conference between September 26 th to September 28 th , 2019. They hope to connect Christian writers with industry professionals, as well as nurture their creative writing capabilities. With faculty speakers like Steven James, Abby McDonald, and Amanda Cleary Eastep, the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference is sure to be an excellent opportunity for those writers looking to progress in their careers.

You can register online when registration opens on September 26 th , 2019. For more information, you can contact the team at Maranatha Christian Writers via email . Registration starts at $400 through to June 1 st and increases to $450 after said date, so be sure to register early!

12. The Story Goes On: Writing for Television & the Web with Jill Lorie Hurst

The Michigan Actors Studio does a lot more than just offer acting classes. They also offer workshops for television and web writing. As far as creative writing goes, writing for an entirely new medium requires a certain level of guidance for those interested in breaking out into a new field of entertainment. They currently offer the workshop, The Story Goes On: Writing for Television & the Web , instructed by Emmy award-winning writer Jill Lorie Hurst.

This 8-week intensive class goes over things like character development, two-person scenes, pitching story ideas, script formats accepted by major networks, and more. The glass begins April 9 th , 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm and costs $270 to register (prior to March 22 nd ). After this date, registration fees go up to $295. All classes take place in Ferndale, Michigan. If you have any questions, you can email the studio or call (877) 636-3320.

13. Family Literacy Workshops with Eastern Michigan University

The Eastern Michigan University has an express goal of helping their community when it comes to improving literacy rates. Based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan, they offer several workshops for families, teens, and parents to help make reading and writing fun for everyone!

They currently offer workshops like Family Writing Fun Night , which is a 90-minute workshop designed to help families engage in creative writing activities. Registration starts at $450. They also offer Writing Palooza , another 90-minute creative writing workshop designed for teens to work on fiction and creative nonfiction projects. You can find a full list of workshops offered by the university here . For more information, you can contact the office of campus and community writing via email or call (734) 487-0694.

14. Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Workshop

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English is currently hosting the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Workshop from May 9 th to May 11 th , 2019. Students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged in creative writing projects in categories like short stories, poetry, playwriting, graphic narration, and creative nonfiction.

The workshop is run by Joseph Zettelmaier, a Michigan-based playwright and fourth-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association award. The workshop takes place at 1903 Western Michigan Avenue at Western Michigan University. For more details, you can contact that organizer directly via email .

15. Youth Summer Writing Camps with Oakland University

If you are interested in participating in a writing camp, Oakland University is currently offering several programs for the summer of 2019. This camp is available to all students for a registration fee of $250. Based out of Rochester, Michigan, the summer camp hopes to facilitate a creative space where they can be both inspired and hone their writing skills. They are currently open for registration at this time, so you just have to pick a time between July 8 th to August 12 th that works best for you. If you should have any questions, you’re encouraged to contact the camp director via email .

16. Be A Better Writer with Wow Writing Workshop

Wow Writing Workshop is based out of Royal Oak, Michigan. They offer a wide variety of writing services for students, parents, and even SAT test preparation. They also offer workshops to help aspiring writers organize their ideas and begin their writing journey. They are currently offering Be A Better Writer , an intensive four-day workshop led by Joe Kane.

Topics that will be explored include argument building, diction, understanding the audience, thought organization, and more. You can sign up for the workshop today for a registration fee of only $289. You can sign up directly on Wow Writing Workshop’s website . For more information or general inquiries, you can also reach the team through their online contact form .

17. The Narrative Time Machine: Pacing and the Narrative Arc with T.M. De Vos

The Narrative Time Machine: Pacing and the Narrative Arc is an intensive four-week workshop led by T.M. De Vos. De Vos earned an MFA in creative Writing from New York University and has won several awards for her short fiction. The course itself starts April 10 th , 2019 and takes place every other Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  Classes are limited to 8 writers, so it’s imperative that you register as soon as possible. Hosted by Writing Workshops Detroit, it costs $225 to register .

18. Remembering and Writing with Kathleen Ernst

Door County Reads is currently hosting several book discussion and writing workshops, including Remembering and Writing with Kathleen Ernst. The workshop is taking place February 8 th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Fish Creek, Michigan. Designed for memoir writers and fans of food, this workshop will discuss techniques for preserving original memoirs and explore food-related memoirs. If you’re interested in joining, you can call (920) 868-1457 or register via email .

19. UPPAA 2019 Spring Meeting

The UPPAA is a collective of writers that focuses on cultivating literature and writers from the state of Michigan. They are currently organizing their annual UPPAA meeting, to be held on June 1 st , 2019 in Marquette, Michigan. Members of the organization get to attend for free, while non-members only have to pay $15 to attend. The meeting hopes to offer networking opportunities and provide feedback on creative writing projects. You can register online or via mail. Be sure to check back closer to the event’s date for a detailed schedule of events. For general questions, you can contact the UPPAA’s secretary via email .

Do you know of any other creative writing workshops in Michigan? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!

K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.

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Michigan Resources for Writers

Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Michigan, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Michigan writing organizations you might want to check out:

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A Rally of Writers

An annual day-long writers conference in Lansing featuring discussion panels about writing and publishing.

Bear River Writers’ Conference

Offers writing workshops, panels, readings, and more amid the beauty of Northern Michigan.

Detroit Working Writers

Men and women from around the country working, writing and publishing in numerous genres with a common goal: to foster excellence in writing and serve as a creative and professional resource for one another and the community.

The Detroit Writers’ Guild

A nonprofit organization located in Detroit. It was founded in the summer of 1983 out of a concern for the lack of books for black children written by black authors in the Detroit Public School System.

Flint Area Writers

A critique group since 1942, the Flint Area Writers also offers retreats, reading, and other events.

Grand Rapids Region Writers Group

Meets in Kentwood monthly for discussion panels, and hosts a yearly writing workshop.

Michiana Writers’ Workshop

A writing group meeting twice a month in South Bend to workshop new writing and discuss publishing news and trends. Welcomes writers of all stripes living in north-central Indiana and southwest Michigan.

Michigan Quarterly Review

Michigan Quarterly Review , founded in 1962, is the University of Michigan’s flagship journal, publishing each season a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry and book reviews.

Michigan Writers

Michigan Writers is a vibrant community of people who appreciate the written word. Members help to actively foster a vital literary community by encouraging, supporting and connecting writers of all ages.

Poetry Society of Michigan

A member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, PSM encourages and celebrates poetry groups across Michigan. Offers workshops, contests, and publication opportunities in Peninsula Poets literary journal.

Rochester Writers

Founded in 2008 in response to a need for professional development in the Southeast Michigan area for new and published writers.

The Scarab Club

One of Michigan’s finest venues for art, music and literature.

Walloon Writers Review

An annual literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, photography and other work inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

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"...and  your very flesh shall be a great poem."      ---Walt Whitman

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Julie Mariouw leads writing workshops designed

to help writers  bypass their inner critic; go directly to images, feelings, & memories; and tap into the healing power of writing. Julie creates writing prompts using metaphor, the senses, polarity and the physical body, to expand writers' imaginations & increase their creativity.  Julie is an Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate, and is certified to lead workshops in the AWA method.

Julie believes  that:

Writing has unlimited power to heal.

Writing belongs to all people.

Each writer has a unique voice.

Writing in this workshop reconnects writers with their bodies & promotes physical healing.

Writing in this workshop increases sense memory & recall of prior life experience.

Writing in this workshop expands the imagination.

Writing in this workshop produces work that may not have been possible alone.

Writing in this workshop enhances individual healing.

Teaching of craft can be done without damage to the original voice/self-esteem of the writer.

A writer does not have to become personally vulnerable in order to write from the deepest places.

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5 - 8 people in Online Workshops using Zoom.

8 - 10 people in In-Person Workshops--On-Site in Chelsea, MI.

Afternoon and 8 & 10-Week Writing Workshops.

Attention to craft is taken seriously, and offered through 1 - 20 minute writing exercises.

Writers, if they wish, read their work aloud.

Comment only on what is strong and successful in the work.

All writing treated as fiction.

Writing that happens in the workshop is not discussed outside of the workshop.

Workshop leader writes with everyone else, establishing equality of risk and mutual trust.

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"RITUAL, MEMORY, & PURPOSE

from  The Healing Wisdom of Africa

by Malidoma Somé

"Ritual provides not only healing but also the recovery of memory and the reaffirmation of each individual's life purpose.  How does ritual recover memory?  When we focus our attention on the energetic aspects of individuals and of nature that animate and 

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motivate us, we become aware of images and emotional impressions that are unusual, extremely compelling, and as a result, captivating in terms of the amount of  attention they demand.

Inside ritual and sacred space where energies are being woven, people's imagination and consciousness can be moved through time backward or forward. It is as if the awakened psyche is pulled toward those materials it was not able to recall otherwise. This is a shamanic journey, and it can be a very useful tool for entering these depths of time and space without actually having to expend energy and move physically. The kind of memory we are talking about here is something very personal, very compelling, and very transforming."

A WALK BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH 

by Burghild Holzer

"Talking to paper is talking to the divine. It is talking to an ear that will understand even the most difficult things. Paper is infinitely patient. It will receive small fragment after fragment of a large network you are 

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working on, without you yourself knowing it. It will wait out decades for you to put together the first faint traces of your own code, a code you  might have understood as a small child but which you're now gathering on a new level of understanding. The white paper is waiting. Each time you scratch on it, you trace part of yourself, and thus part of the world, and thus part of the grammar of the universe. It is a huge language, but each of us tracks his or her particular understanding of it."

"IMAGES & CREATIVITY"

from an interview in  The Paris Review  with Lynda Barry

"I believe that the arts are like an external immune system.  I believe that they have a biological function.  The fastest way I can explain it is that there is this brilliant

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neuroscientist named V. S. Ramachandran, who wrote a book called Phantoms in the Brain .  He was very interested in people with phantom-limb pain, and he had one patient who had lost his hand from the wrist down, but the guy's sensation was not only that the hand was still there, but that it was in a painful fist that kept clenching.  Ramachandran built a box, with a mirror and two holes in one side. When the guy put his arms in, he saw the one hand reflected.  When he opened the hand, he  saw  it open and it was like the missing hand was unclenching.  It fixed his phantom-limb sensation. 

That's what I think images do; that's what the arts do.  In the course of human life we have a million phantom-limb pains---losing a parent when you're little, being in a war, even something as dumb as having a mean teacher---and seeing it somehow reflected, whether it's in our own work or listening to a song, is a way to deal with it."

"THE INTUITION THAT PROVIDES THE MATERIAL"

from  The Soul Tells A Story   by Vinita Hampton Wright

"The creative person inside you---the right side of the brain---needs a lot of space and understanding.  He's sort of like the classic extravert who learns what he thinks by talking out loud.  He spills information before it even makes

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sense.  And he's so expressive while doing so---just full of passion, emotion and energy.  Forget about getting him to break down his thoughts and put them in order---he can't do it.  That's why he needs his partner, the introverted editor, the quiet self that stands by and studies everything that's flying out of Mr. Personality's mouth.

You have to just let Mr. Personality have his say.   You have to be quiet and let him ramble.  The moment you get critical or start asking questions, his feelings will get hurt or he'll become irritated and shut up.  So just stand by and listen and watch.  Take notes but be quiet.

When you allow the creative flow to happen without interruption, what comes up from the well could be almost anything.  It may be fraught with emotion---or not.  It may be connected to your dream life.  It may bring up forgotten memories or add details to memories you already  have...For some reason the stream of consciousness cannot flow when the more logical thinking process kicks in.

...I can't stress enough that you can trust this flow.  You can trust it because it is merely raw material; it is not the finished product that you're stuck with.  Once you consider all your words raw material, you will be much freer to just write whatever comes.  And you will also be much freer to do whatever you need to do with what comes.

...A lot of fear regarding your creative life will subside when you accept that the most wonderful stuff is in you already.  It's there and waiting to be found."

"THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP"

from  Writing Alone & with Others  

Pat Schneider

"We write together---leader as well as participants---in response to a suggestion given by the leader.  The leader's participation in writing and reading brand new work aloud is absolutely central to this workshop method.  If the 

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leader of a group stays safe, there is hierarchy, and the group members' safety is compromised.  When the leader reads aloud, is honest about fear...the members of the group are empowered.

Writing together is an experience entirely unlike any that I ever had in elementary or high school, in college or graduate school...I don't know how to express the almost ecstatic experience that rather frequently happens when people write together and affirm one another's new work.  There are so few places in our normal social lives where we are privileged to meet one another so vulnerably--to laugh and cry and laugh again.

Because there is no critique or discussion of first-draft work, we venture out with our words, often prefacing them by disclaimers, but daring to read them anyway, and hearing that they are accepted and respected.  When we are funny, we get to hear the reward of our listener's laughter.  Sometimes when we grieve, someone else weeps with us.  We never discuss that work, not even to mention it at break over coffee and brownies.  It belongs to the writer.  But each of us has been heard and affirmed.

...When we write together in a workshop, we do not have time to revise or even read over to ourselves the words that we read aloud.  To read under these circumstances is a powerful and sometimes emotional experience, both for the writer and for the listener.  Our practice, upon hearing work that has just been written, is to mention 'what we remember, what stays with us.'  This saves us from too much sweetness and the temptation to dishonest praise...I don't need someone to tell me my writing is good.  I need someone to tell me, 'I  see  that kid putting the nickel in the jukebox.'

...Traditional teaching of writing has too often emphasized what is wrong.  Most of us understand instinctively how to encourage and assist a child to do creative work.  If a child brings you a picture of a bird in flight she has just drawn with a blue crayon, and you see that the left wing is hanging awkwardly down the page, but the right wing is soaring, you do not say, 'By the way, that crooked left wing looks really stupid.'  You say, 'Oh, look!  Look how that right wing is lifted by the air!  I can just feel the flying!'  The child looks at the picture, and what does she do?  She goes immediately to her crayons and draws the left wing so it, too, soars."

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September 26, 2022, Midland, MI. – On Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9th, Creative 360 welcomes artists Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers who will offer a weekend of workshops that engage senses, curiosity, and creativity to explore and experiment with different modes of expression. The events kick off the year-long Celebration of Voices project at Creative 360 funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Friday evening at 7 pm in the Bayliss Street Gallery, guests can join Stephanie and Petra for An Evening of Disability Culture: Readings & Performances which will offer poetry, fiction, movement and more in an event that will invite and celebrate creative expression.

“Guests who attended the artists’ talk for our Breaking the Stigma Exhibition this past winter will recognize Stephanie as the powerful poet who was part of that show,” said curator and program director Colleen Reed. “We knew we wanted to bring Stephanie and her partner, Petra, back to Midland to share more of their important and exciting work with our community.”

Friday night’s event will be followed by Open Attention: An Interdisciplinary Weekend of Sensory Play, three active writing and arts workshops happening Saturday and Sunday

Writing Workshop 1 will take place at the East Ashman Galleries from 11 am until 1 pm on Saturday, October 8 th and participants will use sensory experiences and writing experiments as starting points for writing in all genres.  From 3-5 pm on Saturday, the artists will offer a Sensorial Forest Experience at the Chippewa Nature Center, using breath, movement, and the senses to fully explore the surroundings, both individually and as a group.  And on Sunday, October 9 th , from 11 am until 1 pm, Writing Workshop 2 will be a generative workshop using environment and interaction as starting points for writing.  Each workshop can be signed up individually.

Heit, a queer disabled poet, dancer, and teacher, grew up in Midland where she took her first creative movement class with Linda Z. Smith. She is a Zoeglossia Fellow, shock/psych system survivor, bipolar, and a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her powerful poetry collections invite the reader inside psychiatric wards and shock treatments and explore the seams of language, movement, and mental health difference. Kuppers, a disability culture activist, writer, and a community performance artist, grounds herself in disability culture methods and engages audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. She is the Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture at the University of Michigan and has published poetry and science fiction. Together they created Turtle Disco, a somatic writing studio in Southeast Michigan.

“A Celebration of Voices honors and supports every artist’s unique voice,” said executive director Laura Vosejpka. “All experience levels are welcome at these workshops – the only thing necessary is a desire to cultivate and explore your authentic self.”

A $15 donation is requested for participation, but Stephanie, Petra, and Creative 360 want to ensure that all who are interested can participate. Please do not let the donation request keep you from signing up! You can sign up online at becreative360.org, click on Register, or by calling the arts center at 989-837-1885.

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Fleda Brown

Christine Maul Rice

Course Dates: Sunday, June 9 to Friday, June 14, 2024 Registration Fee: $695 Early Registration Fee:  $626 (Early Registration Ends March 1, 2024) Michigan Writers Registration Fee:  $600 Registration Deadline:  Sunday, June 2, 2024 Register Here   K-12 Educators:  Earn 22 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending the 2024 Writers Retreat.

Anne-Marie Oomen and Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship.

C. Joanne Grabinski established the Anne-Marie Oomen and Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship to honor the founding Artistic Director of the Writers Retreat, Anne-Marie Oomen, and former Artistic Director of the Writers Retreat, Katey Schultz, in recognition of their vision and leadership in creating opportunities for adult writers to develop and hone their creative practice. The Oomen-Schultz scholarship is awarded annually to (one or more) eligible participants in the Interlochen College of Creative Arts (ICCA) Writers Retreat. The scholarship funds awarded will cover the applicant’s registration fee for the retreat. Award is competitive and merit-based. Apply Here

Gary Gatzke

Please bring materials to take notes and work on writing assignments. In workshops, you will usually use journals and pens, but a laptop can be handy during the week. A USB Flash Drive (memory stick) is also recommended. Printers and Wi-Fi will be available.

Conflict & Resolution Clinic with Ignatius Valentine Aloysius In this workshop, we’ll dive deep into the art and practice of writing compelling conflicts and exploring meaningful resolutions. We’ll look at examples in literature as we explore different conflict types, experiment with escalation, tone, and action (or inaction), and find strategies to achieve transformative resolutions. What is the right type of conflict for your chosen form, and can you tease tension within it to hold the reader’s attention to the end? Learn how conflict and resolution can help shape your characters’ worldviews and their outcomes for better or worse. All genres and all levels of experience are welcome. If Oscar Wilde once said, "The heart was made to be broken,” let’s find all that can embrace its true self.

A Sense of Place with Patricia Ann McNair “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” -Joan Didion. In this workshop, we will explore the impact of place on our narratives. From Grandmother’s kitchen, to newfound galaxies, to the colorful streets of Havana, Cuba, stories set firmly in the places they inhabit lure readers in and connect them with memory, metaphor, movement, and more. Whatever you are writing—nonfiction travel pieces; small town narratives; stories of journey and destination (imaginative or realistic); domestic, home-tied tales, etc.—a sense of place is essential to the creation. Through reading and writing activities we will discover new work and reinvigorate ongoing material. Open to all genres and levels of experience.

The Inspired Habit: Daily Practice, Experimentation, and Discovery with Anne-Marie Oomen How can inspiration be a habit?  Isn’t inspiration a moment of such sudden newness it is associated with life-giving breath—that sudden gasp of understanding? Oh that’s it! It even rises from the Latin noun, inspirare , meaning to "blow into, breathe upon. The word connotes light and flame, even inflammation. Metaphorically, the sudden understanding associated with inspiration always seems like an inhalation of literary oxygen, changing colors in the mind like oxygen changes the color of blood. Something coming to life.  Feels pretty miraculous. But what happens if, instead of waiting to be struck , we writers nurtured inspiration with daily practice and simultaneous experimentation? In this workshop we will consider how inspiration operates not as a rare moment of enlightenment, but as an experience we can build into our daily literary endeavors. I’ll be riffing on Twyla Tharpe’s book “The Creative Habit” but offering a twist toward the literary and the personal. We will explore how experimentation might help us produce new and exciting work. We will even take a field trip! For all levels of experience and skill, open to all genres. Special note: For those who attended Anne-Marie’s “Cross-training” class in 2023, some similar exercises may be explored again.

Adaptations: From Page to Stage & Screen with Lesley Alicia Tye: "The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream." - Orson Welles This workshop is for writers looking to adapt their fiction or nonfiction to the stage or screen. Through exploration of examples and specific structure tools, participants will come away with practical ways to approach adaptations. Participants should bring work with them that they want to adapt, and will get a chance to work at both a scene level of adapting, as well as on larger outlines for full length scripts. 

Building Character with Mary Kay Zuravleff “The baby born to Alice had Paolo’s dark brows and golden eyes—surprising, maybe, until you remember that all humans look pretty much alike.” Edith Pearlman, Honeydew In this workshop, we’ll practice techniques for creating vivid and original characters. We’ll choose physical traits that help determine plot and resonate with the story; write believable dialogue that also reveals character; and discover character “tells” that show emotion like bluffing or betrayal. We’ll read, write, and share in a supportive environment. Come populate your fiction with a cast worth remembering!

2024 Writers Retreat Faculty

Patricia Ann McNair

Artistic Director of Writers Retreat, Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Anne-Marie Oomen

Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Lesley Tye

Instructor of Creative Writing and Film & New Media

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Ignatius Valentine Aloysius

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The Creative Writing and Literature Major is open to ALL LSA students.

Creative Writing and Literature Majors write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction under the close guidance of faculty mentors, and may workshop their writing with other student writers in small writing seminars. Majors also study the art of writing through the study of literature. Majors specialize in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction early in their studies.

Creative Writing graduates pursue successful careers as writers, editors, educators, advertising professionals, and many other writing related-fields.  Every year our graduates are admitted to competitive graduate school programs in the fine arts, education, law, business, public policy, social work, and other courses of professional study that demand proficient writing skills and creative approaches to problem solving.

RC Creative Writing students have demonstrated unparalled success in the esteemed U of M Hopwood Awards , winning over 100 awards since the 1994-95 school year.

Students meet with the creative writing major advisor when declaring, making course substitutions, discussing transfer/study abroad credit evaluations, internships, preparing major release forms, and information on graduate school study and career paths. 

Although students may pursue study in multiple genres, most specialize in a single genre:

Fiction / Creative Nonfiction

Digital Storytelling

Advising appointments can be made here or by calling RC Academic Services at 763-0032.

Minimum Credits: 28

The major is structured into four genre tracks. In addition to the Fiction / Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Digital Storytelling tracks, students may elect a multi-genre track in consultation with their principal writing instructors and the major advisor.

Each track consists of:

Four elective creative writing courses

Five elective upper level literature courses

Fiction / Creative Nonfiction Track

Students complete a minimum of four creative writing courses, at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above and at least three of which must be taken in the RC. A usual track is an introductory course (Narration) and three upper-level courses. Students may count one non-RC creative writing course towards the writing requirement.

Creative Writing Courses: Students may elect any combination of seminars and tutorials from the following:

RCHUMS 220 Narration: Intro to Fiction Writing

RCHUMS 325, 326, 425, 426 Tutorials: Permission of instructor required

RCHUMS 320 Narration: Advanced Fiction Writing

RCHUMS 334 (Section 005) Memoir: Writing from Within

Other departmental offerings listed under RCHUMS 334 or RCCORE 334. Details here.

Literature Electives: Students complete five literature courses, at the 300-level or above. One literature course must focus on either ancient literature or medieval literature (pre-1600). The ancient / medieval requirement may focus on non-Western or Western literature, but must pre-date Shakespeare if a Western literature course is elected. English 367 – Shakespeare’s Plays does not fulfill this requirement, although the course can count towards the literature requirement.

Students are encouraged to take literature courses in the RC Arts and Ideas Major, the  Department of English  or the  Comparative Literature Program . Students majoring in a second language may count one upper-level literature course in that language, or one upper-level literature course completed during a full semester studying abroad in a non-English speaking country. Upper-level literature courses taken abroad also may be counted. All literature courses counted toward the Creative Writing and Literature Major must be at least three (3) credits.

Courses that have been used to meet the requirement in the past include:

RCHUMS 354 Race and Identity in Music

RCHUMS 344 Reason and Passion in the 18th Century

RCHUMS 342 Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts

Other RCHUMS courses listed in the Arts and Ideas in the Humanities major

English 350 Literature in English to 1660 (for ancient/medieval requirement)

English 328 Writing and the Environment

English 379 Literature in Afro-American Culture

Other English Department courses with a literature focus

CLCIV 385 Greek Mythology (for ancient/medieval requirement)  

Asian 314 Strange Ways: Literature of the Supernatural in Pre-modern Japan and China

MEMS 386 Medieval Literature, History and Culture 

Poetry Track

Students complete a minimum of four creative writing courses, at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above and at least three of which must be taken in the RC. A usual track is an introductory course (Writing Poetry) and three upper-level courses. Students may count one non-RC creative writing course towards the writing requirement.

RCHUMS 221 Writing Poetry

RCHUMS 321 Advanced Poetry Writing

RCHUMS 334 Workshop with Incarcerated Poets and Artists

Literature courses listed above under Fiction / Creative Nonfiction

English 340 Studies in Poetry

English 440 Modern Poetry

English 442 Studies in Poetry

Digital Storytelling Track

The digital storytelling track studies the ways story interacts with technology and the effect of digital media on writing and the creative process. Students electing this track pair writing practice with the study of the theory, ethics, and history of digital media.

Creative Writing Courses: At least 4 courses required over two categories 

Creative Writing Courses: choose a minimum of two Residential College creative writing courses that focus on writing fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Only one course in a student’s major plan should be at the 200-level:

Introductory Courses (may elect 1 to count towards major):

Upper-level Courses:

RCHUMS 320 Advanced Narration 

RCHUMS 321 Advanced Poetry Writing 

RCHUMS 325, 326, 425, 426 Creative Writing Tutorials 

Digital Writing / Skills Courses: choose a minimum of two digital storytelling / writing courses at the 300-level or above that focus on digital media and/or electronic literature writing and practice. Courses that have been used to meet the requirement in the past include:

RCCORE 334 (Section 004) Digital Storytelling

English 420 Tech and the Humanities / Electronic Literature

RCSCI 360 (Section 001) Documentary Photography

RCHUMS 325, 326, 425, 426 Creative Writing Tutorials with a focus on writing for, and/or creating, electronic literature or digital media content (permission of instructor required)

Digital Studies Requirement: At least 2 courses required 

Choose a minimum of two digital studies theory courses at the 300-level or above that focus on the theory of digital culture and/or the digital humanities. Courses that have been used to meet the requirement in the past include:

AmCult 358 Topics in Digital Studies

AmCult 360 Radical Digital Media

FTVM 368 Topics in Digital Media Studies

English 405 Theories of Writing

Literature Requirement: At least 3 courses required 

Literature courses must be taken at the 300-level or above. Literature courses should not focus on digital studies but should offer complementary skills and additional context in the art and craft of literature. One course must focus on ancient/medieval literature. For more information on specific literature requirements, please see the Literature section listed under Fiction / Creative Nonfiction.

A student deemed eligible to attempt Honors typically completes the following process:

A student whose overall academic record meets the eligibility criteria for honors and whose creative work models originality and the promise of mastery in their chosen genre may apply for an honors thesis. Honors theses are typically 75-100 pages of polished fiction or creative nonfiction, or a collection of 25 or more poems. The student and their faculty advisor will determine the exact length and content of the final thesis. 

To be eligible to apply for honors, a student must demonstrate exceptional skill in the art and craft of prose, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The student must have completed a minimum of two Residential College creative writing classes, although honors students typically complete three or more by the start of their thesis sequence. The student also must hold a GPA of at least 3.4 overall. 

Students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for the honors thesis project in the winter term of their junior year, typically by late March. To apply, students shall submit:

A writing sample (10 pages of prose or 5 poems) that represents the student’s best, most polished work.

A brief statement (1-2 pages) describing the honors project. Applicants should also include the name of a faculty member they wish to request as their thesis advisor.

Questions about the submittal process can be directed to the creative writing major advisor  here

The Honors Committee, consisting of faculty in the Creative Writing program, will judge the student’s work on its quality, originality, and promise of mastery in their chosen genre. The Committee reviews all honors applications after the submission deadline. Students are notified of the Committee’s decision in late March or early April. If the planned project is accepted for honors, the Committee will assign a faculty thesis advisor to the student. 

Honors Theses require a two-semester commitment. Students enroll in RCCORE 490 for the fall term and RCHUMS 426 for the winter term. A passing grade in RCCORE 490 earns a Y grade, indicating that the thesis work will continue into the next semester. At the end of the second term, the Y grade converts to the grade earned in RCHUMS 426. Exceptions to the two-semester requirement are rare but may be discussed with the thesis advisor.

When the honors thesis project is complete (typically the last week of March or the first week of April of the senior year), the student’s honors thesis advisor and one other member of the Residential College’s Creative Writing faculty will determine if the project qualifies for honors and (if so) what level of honors the student receives. Honors thesis students also participate in a public reading with fellow thesis students at the end of the winter term (typically the second week of April).

To download the honors information, click here.

Creative Writing faculty

Laura Kasischke Poetry; Fiction

Christopher Matthews Fiction; Poetry

Sarah Messer Poetry; Creative Nonfiction; Prison Creative Arts Program

Susan Rosegrant Creative Nonfiction; Journalism; Fiction

Laura Thomas Fiction; Creative Nonfiction

A. Van Jordan Poetry, Film Studies

Aisha Sloan Creative Nonfiction, Digital Storytelling

Open to All

You don’t need to be a dedicated major to participate in workshops, tutorials, and classes taught by Creative Writing faculty, which are open to enrollment from all students. If even only for a semester, you wish to explore your interest in writing, consider taking a RC Creative Writing course !

For RC students, creative writing courses fulfill the RC Arts Practicum requirement. For RC and LSA students, RCHUMS 220, RCHUMS 221, and RCHUMS 325 satisfy Creative Expression distribution.

You can participate in the RC Review , our annual student-run journal featuring student poetry, fiction, and visual art. RC students can get a credit for participating in the RC Review.

Or consider joining the RC Creative Writing Forum , which like RC Review, offers RC students a credit, but is open to all for participation.

RC Writers website

Check out the  RC Writers Website,  for the Residential College writing community.

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Writing is more than just putting words on a page. To become a successful author, you need to learn about both the writing and the publishing processes, and network with publishers and other authors. Attending writing conferences and workshops is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

If you’re serious about becoming a successful author, then attending writing conferences and workshops is a must. These events can provide you with the knowledge, skills, and connections you need to take your writing to the next level.

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To find the best writing conferences and workshops to attend in 2024, use our filtering tools below to browse through our list.

Key West Literary Seminar Writers' Workshop Program

Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program

Key West Literary Seminar

Key West Literary Seminar

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Colrain Classic

Colrain Classic

Writers in Paradise Conference

Writers in Paradise Conference

Digital Book World

Digital Book World

Writing By Writers Get The Lead Out! Generative Workshop

Writing By Writers Get The Lead Out! Generative Workshop

Hay Festival Jericó

Hay Festival Jericó

Hay Festival Medellín

Hay Festival Medellín

Hay Festival Cartagena

Hay Festival Cartagena

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Codex: Biennial Book Art Fair and Symposium

Codex: Biennial Book Art Fair and Symposium

Pubwest

Big Sur Children’s Writers Workshops

The AWP Conference & Bookfair

The AWP Conference & Bookfair

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Annual Conference

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Annual Conference

Writing Day Workshops: Boston

Writing Day Workshops: Boston

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers Conference - San Diego

Southern California Writers Conference – San Diego

International Writers' Conference & Literary Festival

International Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

Coastal Magic Convention

Coastal Magic Convention

Writing Day Workshops - Indiana

Writing Day Workshops – Indiana

Gotham Writers Nonfiction Writers Conference

Gotham Writers Nonfiction Writers Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Austin

Writing Day Workshops – Austin

Writing Day Workshops - Houston

Writing Day Workshops – Houston

Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop

Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop

Writing and Well-Being

Writing and Well-Being

Writing Day Workshops - Colorado

Writing Day Workshops – Colorado

Writing Day Workshops - Carolina

Writing Day Workshops – Carolina

Bay To Ocean Writers Conference

Bay To Ocean Writers Conference

The New York Pitch Conference

The New York Pitch Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Alabama

Writing Day Workshops – Alabama

Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop

Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop

Writing Day Workshops - Kansas

Writing Day Workshops – Kansas

Writing Day Workshops - Atlanta

Writing Day Workshops – Atlanta

National Black Writers Conference

National Black Writers Conference

Moravian Writers’ Conference: Voices of War

Moravian Writers’ Conference: Voices of War

Writing Day Workshops - Virginia

Writing Day Workshops – Virginia

The Power of Narrative Conference

The Power of Narrative Conference

Scottish Association of Writers Conference

Scottish Association of Writers Conference

Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference

Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Chesapeake

Writing Day Workshops – Chesapeake

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

Tennessee Mountain Writers

Tennessee Mountain Writers

Writing Day Workshops - San Francisco (Online)

Writing Day Workshops – San Francisco (Online)

Writing Day Workshops - Buffalo

Writing Day Workshops – Buffalo

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

Writing Day Workshops - Minnesota

Writing Day Workshops – Minnesota

Writing Day Workshops - Toronto

Writing Day Workshops – Toronto

Festival of Faith & Writing

Festival of Faith & Writing

The Las Vegas Writers Conference

The Las Vegas Writers Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Florida

Writing Day Workshops – Florida

A rally of writers conference.

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Kentucky

Writing Day Workshops – Kentucky

Authors' Salon at Clockwork Alchemy

Authors’ Salon at Clockwork Alchemy

Poetry At Round Up Festival

Poetry At Round Up Festival

Writing Day Workshops - Tennessee

Writing Day Workshops – Tennessee

Writing Day Workshops - San Diego

Writing Day Workshops – San Diego

Independent Publishers Book Association University

Independent Publishers Book Association University

Nebraska Writers Guild Conference

Nebraska Writers Guild Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

The Creativity Workshop in New York

The Creativity Workshop in New York

Write Now!

Writing Day Workshops – Philadelphia

The Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference

The Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference

The Lakefly Writers Conference

The Lakefly Writers Conference

Atlanta Writers Conference

Atlanta Writers Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Michigan

Writing Day Workshops – Michigan

Writing Day Workshops - Los Angeles

Writing Day Workshops – Los Angeles

EMWA Cascais Conference

EMWA Cascais Conference

Nonfiction Writers Conference

Nonfiction Writers Conference

Storymakers Conference

Storymakers Conference

The Muse & the Marketplace

The Muse & the Marketplace

Writing Day Workshops - Ohio

Writing Day Workshops – Ohio

Writing Day Workshops - Portland

Writing Day Workshops – Portland

Writing Day Workshops - Seattle

Writing Day Workshops – Seattle

Longleaf Writers Conference

Longleaf Writers Conference

Florida Writing Workshop

Florida Writing Workshop

Fiction Readers Summit

Fiction Readers Summit

Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference

Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference

Biographers International Organization Conference

Biographers International Organization Conference

Word on the Lake Writers' Festival

Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Poetry Conference

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Poetry Conference

Hay Festival Wales

Hay Festival Wales

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Thrillerfest

Thrillerfest

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Writers

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Writers

North Words Writers Symposium

North Words Writers Symposium

Wyoming Writers Conference

Wyoming Writers Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Pittsburgh

Writing Day Workshops – Pittsburgh

Clarksville Writers Conference

Clarksville Writers Conference

TWH Maine “Mini Mfa” All-Fiction Writers Conference

TWH Maine “Mini Mfa” All-Fiction Writers Conference

Reader & Author Get Together

Reader & Author Get Together

Lit Camp Conference

Lit Camp Conference

Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Lit Fest

Paris Cafe Writing

Juniper Summer Writing Institute

Juniper Summer Writing Institute

Writing By Writers Mont Blanc workshop

Writing By Writers Mont Blanc workshop

Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference

Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

Write-to-Publish Conference

Write-to-Publish Conference

Youth Workshops and Activities

Youth Workshops and Activities

Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop

Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

Agents & Editors Conference

Agents & Editors Conference

Writing Day Workshops - Milwaukee

Writing Day Workshops – Milwaukee

Writing Day Workshops - Chicago

Writing Day Workshops – Chicago

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop

Disquiet International Literary Program

Disquiet International Literary Program

Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference

Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

The Creativity Workshop in Florence

The Creativity Workshop in Florence

Information, Medium & Society: International Conference on Publishing Studies

Information, Medium & Society: International Conference on Publishing Studies

Writing Day Workshops - Texas

Writing Day Workshops – Texas

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Chuckanut Writers Conference

The Creativity Workshop in Prague

The Creativity Workshop in Prague

Canterbury Arts Conference

Canterbury Arts Conference

Readercon 33

Readercon 33

Midwest Writers Workshop Super Mini-Conference

Midwest Writers Workshop Super Mini-Conference

International Creative Writing Conference

International Creative Writing Conference

Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop

Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop

Sewanee Writers Conference

Sewanee Writers Conference

Writing Heights Writers Conference

Writing Heights Writers Conference

Taos Writers Conference

Taos Writers Conference

Imaginarium Convention

Imaginarium Convention

Sun Valley Writers' Conference

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

Macondo Writers Workshop

Macondo Writers Workshop

Writing Through The Lifespan

Writing Through The Lifespan

Taylor University's ​Professional Writers' Conference

Taylor University’s ​Professional Writers’ Conference

National Writers’ Conference

National Writers’ Conference

Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

Willamette Writers Conference

Willamette Writers Conference

Author Advantage Live

Author Advantage Live

Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference

Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference

National Book Club Conference

National Book Club Conference

FAPA Conference

FAPA Conference

Swanwick Writers' Summer School

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

When Words Collide

When Words Collide

Nashville’s 18th Annual Writers’ Conference

Nashville’s 18th Annual Writers’ Conference

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention

Hay Festival Queretaro

Hay Festival Queretaro

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con

Milford Writer's Workshop

Milford Writer’s Workshop

Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest

SleuthFest

Writing Sisters Summit in the Hills

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Western Literature Association Conference

Western Literature Association Conference

The DFW Writers Conference

The DFW Writers Conference

Women Writing the West Annual Conference

Women Writing the West Annual Conference

Orlando Reads Books

Orlando Reads Books

Steamboat Springs Writers Conference

Steamboat Springs Writers Conference

Iota Short Forms Conference

Iota Short Forms Conference

Medical Writing & Communication Conference

Medical Writing & Communication Conference

Surrey International Writers Conference

Surrey International Writers Conference

Hay Festival Arequipa

Hay Festival Arequipa

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Writing can be a solitary process, but it doesn’t have to be! Attending a writing conference or workshop can help you hone your craft, connect with other writers, and learn from industry professionals. There are many events to choose from in 2024, so you’re sure to find one that suits your interests and schedule.

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26 Business Ideas for Writers

How to Choose the Perfect Business Ideas for Writers: Our Methodology

To assist writers in finding entrepreneurial opportunities that capitalize on their strengths in writing and communication, we employ a specific set of criteria. These criteria are designed to identify ventures where writing skills are central and creativity is valued. Each criterion is rated on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 signifies the least importance and 5 the highest importance in our review process:

  • Importance: 5
  • We prioritize business ideas that directly leverage writing skills, such as content creation, copywriting, blogging, or publishing.
  • Importance: 4
  • Opportunities for creative and artistic expression through writing are highly valued, as they align with many writers’ passion for storytelling and content creation.
  • We assess the market demand for written content or writing-related services and the potential for generating sustainable income.
  • The business idea should offer flexibility in terms of work hours and location, allowing writers to work independently and manage their own schedules.
  • Importance: 3
  • We consider the potential for scaling the business, expanding its reach, or diversifying services over time.
  • Business ideas that allow for networking with other professionals, collaboration on projects, or participation in writing communities are considered advantageous.
  • Leveraging digital and online platforms for marketing, distribution, or providing writing services is crucial in the modern marketplace.
  • We value business ideas that offer intellectual stimulation and opportunities for continuous learning and development in the field of writing.

By applying these criteria, our aim is to guide writers towards business ideas that not only utilize their writing skills and creativity but also offer flexibility, market viability, and opportunities for professional growth.

Profitable Business Ideas for Writers

If you’re ready to turn your writing skills into a new venture, here are some of the most profitable business ideas for writers.

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1. freelance writing.

A freelance writer can work for various publications or companies on a contract basis. You simply offer your writing services on a per-project basis and set up a freelance business to get paid as an independent contractor. There are tons of opportunities in various niches, so you can utilize current skills or continue to learn about new subjects.

2. Social Media Marketing Business

Start your own business writing social media posts for small business owners. This is a highly in-demand service that is constantly evolving and offering opportunities for growth.

3. Business Proposal Writing

Business proposals are documents that businesses use to try and gain new business. Offer your services to local businesses looking to outsource this step.

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4. Publishing Company

Start your own publication online or in print. You can even work with other writers to publish a variety of content under one brand.

5. Writing Workshop Business

As a writing workshop teacher, you can offer workshops that dive into various writing skills. Some may focus on professional skills like copywriting, while others may go into fiction writing.

6. Start a Blog

Starting your own blog is an ideal business idea to make passive income through advertising or affiliate links. You can also be a freelance blogger that writes for other blogs and websites.

  • READ MORE: 4 Tips for Using Your Blog to Start a Writing Business

7. Business Plan Writing Business

Help new entrepreneurs get their ideas and steps on paper as a business plan writer for hire. This is ideal for writers interested in collaborating with other business owners.

8. Creative Writing Business

As a creative writer, you may publish books of your work or offer your creative writing work online and earn money through advertising.

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9. Advertising Campaign Development

Advertising requires strong writers to consider everything from snappy headlines to search engine optimization. If you’re a successful copywriter, offer your services to online businesses.

10. Song Writer

Work with musicians to create songs or release your own tracks through a label or your own YouTube channel and social media accounts.

11. Self-Publish Ebooks

If you’ve always wanted to write a book, online platforms like Amazon allow you to self-publish your own work in ebooks. This is an entirely flexible opportunity that you can scale as you create more work.

12. Market Research Service

If you have research skills, offer your services to small businesses, creating well-written summaries of your findings.

13. Ghostwriting Business

Authors and entrepreneurs often hire ghostwriters to create their content. Your work would be published under another name, but you’d be paid for your writing abilities.

14. Newsletter Business

Start a newsletter that people can sign up for via email. Often, this is a free weekly newsletter that simply includes affiliate links, ads, or links to merchandise that supports your business. However, there are also online platforms that allow you to monetize this content directly.

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15. Content Marketing Service

Help small businesses create digital content in various forms, from website copy to social media posts. There are tons of niches that are highly in demand, and you can also scale with new services over time.

16. PR Company

You can also specialize in press releases, which are generally sent to publications to gain attention for a company or its products or services.

17. Resume and Cover Letter Service

Help people looking to enter the job market create well-written resumes and cover letters.

18. Speech Writer

Collaborate with politicians, entrepreneurs, or speakers to create speeches that they can deliver verbally.

19. Online Writing Courses

Create courses that people who enjoy writing can take to hone their skills. For example, you may teach techniques for making money through writing or turning an idea into a novel.

  • READ MORE: Brush Up with These Online Copywriting Courses

20. Podcaster

Podcasts are audio, but they usually require writing during the planning stages. Start your own, or work with podcasters to create scripts or outlines.

21. Social Media Influencer

Start your own social media influencing business by creating and promoting your own accounts. Then, you can work with brands for sponsored campaigns. This type of business often requires well-written captions along with strong photos and design skills.

22. Travel Writer

If you especially love travel, start a travel blog or freelance for online publications that focus on this niche. This can be especially lucrative for those who live near travel destinations that are in high demand by consumers.

23. Comic Book Writer

Comic books require strong stories and snappy writing, along with quality illustrations. Many writers handle both the story and visuals, but you could also partner with an illustrator if that simplifies the process.

24. Technical Writer

A technical writing business focuses on a specific area of expertise. For example, you may be a professional writer with a law background who can write legal disclaimers. There are also technical writers who can write instructions or safety guides for specific types of processes or equipment.

25. Screenwriter

Turn your words into compelling stories with a screenwriting business. This specialty used to require partnering with large film studios. But today, you can transform scripts into web series or independent films.

Though self-publishing is extremely popular, there are still traditional publishers that can help authors get books to a wide audience. This involves submitting proposals and meeting with multiple publishing houses.

Start Your Writing Business Today

If you’re a good writer, there’s no shortage of business ideas available to you. In fact, many startups and self-employed businesses require strong communication skills. Browse the list above to find the perfect writing business idea for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should i consider using my writing skills to start a business.

Leveraging your writing skills for a business venture offers several advantages. You can work from anywhere, connect with global companies, and even travel while managing your business. Moreover, you’ll enjoy time flexibility and the ability to set your own schedule, regardless of your location. Your writing expertise can also be shared to help others, such as assisting businesses with marketing or aiding job seekers and students with their resumes. Additionally, starting a writing business allows you to cultivate a marketable skill that spans across various industries and careers, providing opportunities for growth and exploration.

What are some profitable business ideas for writers?

There are numerous lucrative business ideas for writers, each catering to different niches and interests:

  • Freelance Writing: Offer your writing services on a contract basis for publications and companies.
  • Social Media Marketing Business: Write engaging social media posts for small business owners.
  • Business Proposal Writing: Assist local businesses by creating compelling business proposals.
  • Publishing Company: Start your own publication, collaborating with other writers for diverse content.
  • Writing Workshop Business: Teach writing workshops on various skills like copywriting or fiction writing.
  • Start a Blog: Create a blog for passive income through advertising and affiliate links.
  • Business Plan Writing Business: Help new entrepreneurs shape their ideas through professional business plans.
  • Creative Writing Business: Publish your creative work online or in print, earning through advertising.
  • Advertising Campaign Development: Provide strong writing skills for advertising materials and campaigns.
  • Song Writer: Collaborate with musicians to create songs or release your own music.
  • Self-Publish Ebooks: Publish your books online through platforms like Amazon.
  • Market Research Service: Offer research services to small businesses, summarizing findings effectively.
  • Ghostwriting Business: Ghostwrite content for authors and entrepreneurs, getting paid for your skills.
  • Newsletter Business: Start a newsletter that includes affiliate links, ads, and merchandise.
  • Content Marketing Service: Help small businesses generate digital content, from website copy to social media posts.
  • PR Company: Specialize in press releases to gain attention for businesses.
  • Resume and Cover Letter Service: Assist job seekers in crafting effective resumes and cover letters.
  • Speech Writer: Create speeches for politicians, entrepreneurs, and speakers.
  • Online Writing Courses: Teach writing techniques or monetizing writing skills through online courses.
  • Podcaster: Develop scripts or outlines for podcasts.
  • Social Media Influencer: Use strong writing, photos, and design skills to collaborate with brands.
  • Travel Writer: Write about travel experiences for blogs or online publications.
  • Comic Book Writer: Craft stories for comic books, collaborating with illustrators.
  • Technical Writer: Write guides or instructions for specific processes or equipment.
  • Screenwriter: Transform scripts into web series or independent films.
  • Author: Self-publish or collaborate with traditional publishers to release books.

How can I start my own writing business?

To start a writing business, consider these steps:

  • Choose your niche or specialty based on your interests and skills.
  • Research potential target audiences and competitors.
  • Create a business plan outlining your goals, services, and strategies.
  • Choose a suitable business name and register your business.
  • Set up a professional website and social media profiles.
  • Develop a portfolio showcasing your writing expertise.
  • Establish pricing structures for your services.
  • Promote your business through networking, content marketing, and social media.
  • Provide excellent customer service and deliver high-quality work.

Can writers make a good income from their business?

Yes, writers can earn a substantial income through their writing businesses. Depending on your niche, skills, and marketing efforts, you can generate significant revenue. Many writers have turned their businesses into full-time ventures, enjoying financial stability and flexibility.

How do I choose the right writing business idea for me?

Consider your interests, expertise, and target audience when choosing a writing business idea. Focus on a niche that aligns with your skills and passion, ensuring you can provide valuable content to your clients or audience. Additionally, research the demand for your chosen niche and evaluate your competition to find a unique angle that sets you apart.

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