The Writers' Workshop at Exeter

The Writers' Workshop at Exeter
June 25 - June 30, 2017


“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”--Joan Didion


We all have stories to tell and words to share. What is so often missing is the time and space to do so. The Writers’ Workshop at Exeter seeks to give you that time and space. You will spend a week developing your writing on the very campus that has inspired such writers as John Irving, George Plimpton, Roxane Gay, Ilya Kaminsky, and Paul Yoon. Novice and experienced writers alike will spend a week workshopping their writing, generating new work, attending readings, and discussing literature in a supportive and generous Harkness setting. Working with writers and teachers from around the world, participants gain professional development experience while indulging their own creativity.

Who Should Register?

Anyone who wants to write and discuss writing in a nurturing and generous Harkness workshop setting. The conference is open to all skill levels and anyone who writes or wants to write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction should register to attend.

A Place for Writing Teachers?

While not a requirement, many our participants are also teachers of writing. Teachers will have an opportunity to think like writers, to better understand the techniques a writer uses, and the decisions a writer must make. Participants will leave the conference with new tools and strategies to take back to their classrooms. An open spirit of exchange will encourage participants to improve their individual work as writers and to develop new approaches and techniques for teaching writing.

Do I need to send in a manuscript of writing?

Yes. However, your registration is not contingent upon your manuscript. After registration and payment, each participant should submit a manuscript of their own for the workshop.

Manuscript Requirements

  • Submit either five poems or 10-15 pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction).
  • Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins and a 12-point font.
  • Poetry can be single spaced.
  • Manuscripts should be paginated and include the writer’s name on each page.
  • All manuscripts should be submitted by June 1, 2016 to the Writers' Workshop office via email.


"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” --Sylvia Plath