What are the best in-person experiences for aspiring writers to develop their skills?
September 7, 2012 2:58 PM   Subscribe

Where are the good writers' retreats and workshops? How can I identify them?

Asking for a friend: can you recommend writers' workshops? I searched through the old questions and the only notable item was the Gotham Writers' Workshop. I'll point him to the online side of their site. I think, though, an in-person retreat or ongoing workshops would be better, for multiple reasons. For a several day retreat, he'd be willing to fly pretty much anywhere, so those don't need to be location-specific.

Can you offer any advice for finding a good group?

Bonus points for: retreats/courses based on The Artist's Way
Courses/groups in the Chicagoland area.

posted by emkelley to Education (2 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa is probably your best bet for something "near" Chicago. I attended in the late 80s, and ended up meeting Kurt Vonneghut at a party my first week there. I was introduced by my adviser, who rolled up to the party with his special friends in what I described as a "Scooby Doo" van. Groovy.
posted by thanotopsis at 3:15 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Here is a sortable database of conferences, residencies, and workshops.
posted by munyeca at 3:50 PM on September 7, 2012

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