Wildacres Writing Workshop
Writers relax on the patio.
Ron Rash's novel class in session.Novel Class — facilitator, Ron Rash, professor, Western Carolina University

The Writing Workshop

CLASSES: Novel, Short Story, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

DATES:
You will arrive on Saturday July 8 and leave after breakfast on Saturday July 15. Check-in time is between 3:00 and 5:30pm on Saturday July 8. EVERYONE must be checked in before 5:30 on Saturday.

FEES: The TOTAL price for 7 days is $830. The price includes workshop fees, one manuscript critique, programs, parties, room (double occupancy), and meals.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend. We require a one page sample of your writing (not returnable) submitted with your application. Alumni can forego the sample.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT EXCEPTIONS:
If you have a friend or spouse who would like to accompany you, they are welcome. (The fee for this person is also $830.) Only one person in the room is required to take part in the workshop. Wildacres Retreat is a wonderful place for a relaxing vacation.

Writing workshop attendees pose with instructor Ann Hood.Nonfiction Class — facilitator, Ann Hood
These are "working" workshops where your manuscript is critiqued and given the attention it deserves. Class sizes are ten or less and leadership is at the Master Class level. You may only enroll in one workshop, but you may audit others. You are in class approximately 2 hours a day.

You MUST submit a manuscript and you MUST read and critique the manuscripts submitted by your classmates.

FACULTY PREFERENCES:
We will try to honor your faculty request, but for people coming to Wildacres for the first time, we usually can tell where you will be the happiest.

MANUSCRIPTS:
Manuscript limits are: Poetry: 6 poems; Short Story, Novel, Creative Nonfiction: 15 pages with a 4,500 word limit (word count must appear on the front page).

Do NOT send more pages than stipulated and do NOT revise the manuscript once sent. Most of the classes will exchange manuscripts electronically before June 1st. Do NOT email or fax your manuscript until directed by your instructor. Each class will be notified by the instructor about how manuscripts will be handled. You will receive this information long before June 1st, probably in early May. We advise that you bring a few extra manuscript copies with you to the workshop for auditors.
Poetry class in session.Poetry Class — facilitator, Dr. Janice Moore Fuller, professor, Catawba College


SCHEDULE:
Every class will have a day off on a staggered schedule. This will allow you to audit classes that are in your same time frame or go sightseeing. There are activities every night. Meals are at 8:00, 12:30 & 6:00. Your schedule will be in your packet when you arrive.

DEPOSITS:
Deposits are due IN OUR OFFICE by MAY 21st. Writing samples MUST also be sent by May 21th unless you are an alumni. If you wish to apply after May 21th, please call to see if a space is open: (336) 370-9188 or (336) 255-8210.

BALANCES:
Your balance is due June 1. No exceptions.

REFUNDS:
A $100 cancellation fee is charged through April 1st. From April 1st to June 7th there is a $175 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds after June 7th unless we can refill your spot. If you are not accepted, your entire deposit will be returned.

SCHOLARSHIPS:
Scholarships are available. Many of our students request Grass Roots Grants from their local Arts Council or a local college and are seldom denied.

WE FILL UP EARLY!
Please remember that Wildacres fills up quickly. For the Writers Workshop Program we can sleep 90 attendees plus faculty & working staff. We always have a waiting list.

BONUS RETREAT WEEK AVAILABLE FOR WRITERS:
Any writer who attends the July 8 - 15 workshop may attend the prior week (July 2 - July 8) as well for an additional fee. You may use the time as you wish. The total cost for the two weeks combined is $1,260.


Alumna Esther Johnson

Alumna Esther Johnson shared her thoughts about the workshop:

"I cannot say enough about how much I have learned on the mountain. Since I started there I have branched into every genre except novel, taking short story, poetry, nonfiction, and flash at Wildacres and had my work in over thirty publications. I would never have had the guts to even send out my stuff if not for the support of that faculty, so 'hoorray' for them all and thank you, Madame Director!"