Intensive workshops in three genres (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction) for serious writers at all levels of experience. 

Enrollment limited. 

Course credit available to any enrolled college student (two credit hours of college credit from St. Mary's College of Maryland).

To apply, please follow the instructions below. You may apply to more than one workshop genre (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). Ultimately, though, if you are accepted into more than one workshop, you will have to choose a genre. 

For poetry submissions, upload 4-6 poems (in one document please). For prose, include no more than 15 pages (double spaced) of a story, essay or novel excerpt; it is fine to include more than one piece (either complete or excerpts); again, please upload just one file per genre. 

Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself. 
In the youth workshop, high school-aged conference attendees will explore a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, and personal narrative.  This year, we will offer a limited number of competitive full scholarships (covering tuition, housing, and food). Enrollment in all workshops is limited and admissions are rolling. 

Course credit is available to any enrolled college student (two credit hours of college credit from St. Mary's College of Maryland).

For the youth workshop, we ask that you submit a brief writing sample; it doesn't matter which genre the sample is in. In fact, feel free to include passages from more than one genre. For submissions, upload 3-4 poems (in one document please) and/or no more than 15 pages (double spaced) of prose (whether a short story, novel excerpt, or essay); again, please upload just one file for the entire writing sample. 

Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself. 

This teachers-only workshop functions both as its own unit for three hours a day, as well as a part of the larger Chesapeake Writers’ Conference and its many lectures, talks, panels, and readings. During our class time, we will work on our own writing as well as on innovative ways of implementing creative writing into the classroom. We see one’s own creative practice and interest as the most important means of exciting students about writing, and we’ll focus on pedagogically harnessing that skill and enthusiasm.

Whether you’ve been hard at work on a book of poems or your novel has been in the deep freeze, this workshop will be a chance to renew and revitalize your project, allow you the opportunity to work closely with other teachers who are also trying to balance teaching and writing. Those folks will offer you fresh eyes on your writing, and you will do the same for them. Along the way, we’ll get concrete about infusing the syllabus with creative writing exercises and assignments, while covering the writing process, editing, and revision.

The class will offer two credits of graduate credit from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, which can be used toward fulfilling continuing professional development requirements in Maryland and elsewhere.

Please send along a writing sample. It can be poems, an essay, or a piece of fiction. No more than 15 pages, whatever it is. Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself.