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ach issue, IN will be updating listings to include the writing events that mean the most in both national and international writers' communities. The following listings are posted in chronological order by date.

Post your events, free!, and let others know about happenings that you feel are worthwhile for writers to attend. To list your event, please use the form found at the bottom of this page.

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Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
May 4-7, 2007.
Near the Connecticut River & Vermont border, 3 hrs from NYC, USA.
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, in conjunction with the Concord Poetry Center, is able to provide the faculty, connections, and method necessary to produce the first poetry conference realistically designed to set poets with a manuscript-in-process on a path towards publication. Poets will also get a look into the poetry publication world and make important contacts as a result.
$695-$995 includes lodging, meals, all activities.

INKwell Writers' Workshops: The Business Of Writing - What Publishers Want (Getting Published)
May 5, 2007.
Dublin, Ireland
Each full day workshop packs in as much as possible to enable you to put pen to paper, taking that crucial step closer to publication. This workshop includes:

  • Using an Agent or not
  • Demystifying the Contract
  • Rights and Copyright
  • Market Analysis
  • Importance of Genre
  • Professional Submission
  • Finding the Right Publisher
Cost: €175.00.

Nightwriters In California And Tuscany
May 6-11,2007.
Healdsburg (near San Francisco) California, USA
Morning &/or afternoon seminars with time for writing, creative exercises & recreation.
$l,235-$2,950 includes lodging, meals, excursions.

The World Travels Creative Writing Breaks: Prague & Krakow: A Creative Writing Journey
May 8-16, 2007.
Prague, Czech Republic & Krakow, Poland
A unique creative writing journey led by writer and tutor Anya Achtenberg. Includes walks in Prague based on the life and work of Franz Kafka, Bohumil Hrabal, Ivan Klíma, and others; creative writing workshops and one-to-one meetings; tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and the Oskar Schindler factory.
$1,520 includes lodging & some meals, planned excursions. rail journey from Krakow to Prague.

ClarityWorks Writing Retreats And Writers Workshops: Lake Logan Retreat
June 28 to July 1, 2007.
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA.
This retreat provides the opportunity to experience fearless writing. Limited to 11 women.
$647 provides a private room for 3 nights, all meals, the program and an individual conference.

Atlantic Center For The Arts Master Artist-In-Residence Program
May 14 to June 3, 2007.
New Smyrna, Florida, USA.
Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies.
$850.00 residency fee for accepted artists, includes meals & lodging.

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Santa Barbara Writers Poetry Conference
March 16-18, 2007.
Montecito, California, USA
Experience a weekend of poetry in the Santa Barbara foothills with national Poet Laureate Ted Kooser! A lovely retreat center in the foothills of Santa Barbara is the setting for this special weekend March 16-18, 2007, during which Kooser will present the keynote address and a Master Class workshop on the theme, “Finding Poetry in the Everyday.”
Discounted rate starting at $159 a night. To get it, phone (805) 969-3266 and ask for Luciano.

The Creative Writer's Workshop
March 17-19, 2007.
Ashford, County Wicklow Ireland
3 days, 2 nights workshop exploring creative writing linked with movement, walking and meditation as you enjoy the magnificent and peaceful surroundings of the Burren and the sacred mountain of Mullaghmore. Throughout this three-day weekend you will discover your unique writing voice as you enjoy gentle stretching exercises that will enhance and evoke the well of creativity and imagination that is within all of us.
Cost: €425 euros

The Lost Art of Personal Writing at LaPosada
March 25–28, 2007.
Winslow, Arizona, USA
This workshop is designed to awaken or re-awaken the writer in you. You will focus on putting pen to paper, taking time to pause, reflect, and reach inside to find your unique creative spirit. Daily sessions consisting of guided exercises, readings, and discussion will explore the writing process from journals to letters, memoir to poetry, essay to fiction. The small workshop size allows time for personal support and attention.
Fee $350 includes evening meal, lodging $89/night.

Limnisa Center For Creative Writing Workshops: Writing For Children
March 31–April 7, 2007.
Methana, Greece (2 hours by ferry from Athens)
The course is designed to be helpful, no matter what stage you are at. You are welcome to bring your own project, either as an idea or as a work in progress, or come with an open mind and gain new inspiration. The lectures and assignments are designed to help you make progress towards your own writing goals. The cost includes tuition fees; accommodation in air conditioned room in apartement or in seaside cabin; full board: breakfast, buffet - lunch, evening meal with wine; use of Limnisa facilities: secluded beach, use of snorkle equipment, bikes, surfboards, Internetpoint, books and music; excursions to Methana baths and volcano; traditional Greek Meal in local seaside taverna. Prices per person, single occupancy:
Writing for children Workshops
Room in Apartement - £460/€670
Seaside Cabin - £410/€600
Writer's Retreat
Room in Apartment - £325/€475
Seaside Cabin - £275/€400

The Writing Salon - Cooking Up A Storm On Rue Tatin
April 1-6, 2007.
Rue Tatin, Louviers, France
This salon offers a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating relationship between cooking, writing, and creativity. When you leave On Rue Tatin you'll take with you a passion to cook for yourself, a newly energized confidence in your writing, and a stronger creative identity.
Fee €2300 - Does not include lodging.

Jan Henley Creative Writing Workshops - Writing Fiction: Characters, Place and Theme
April 7-14, 2007.
Amandola, Italy
Jan will lead the workshops, with the group restricted to 12 to enable individual attention. Spend Easter in Italy with the opportunity to develop your writing skills in an inspirational setting.
Fee £490 inclusive of writing course, and half-board in single rooms E/S.

Grand Hotel des Bains Creative Writing Workshop
April 22-28, 2007.
Brittany, France
This five day writing workshop is aimed at those who love literature and perhaps used to write, or would like to write and need confidence building within a relaxed but structured environment.
Rates from €1,027/6 nights includes shared lodging, most meals.

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