Wildacres Writing Workshop
Writers relax on the patio.

Wildacres Writers Workshop

Featured in National Geographic's special edition,
"100 Places That Will Change Your Life"

Two writing students converse on the patio.

Dates for 2019:
Writing workshop: July 6th - July 13th
Retreat: June 30th - July 6th

Join us this summer in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!

We Offer:

  • Excellent Faculty
  • Beautiful Location
  • Small Workshops
  • Readings & Nighttime Activities
  • Great Price 
    • $850 for Workshop only
    • $1,300 for Workshop & Retreat
    • Prices include room (double), meals, workshop and all evening programs.

For over 25 years, our residential summer writing workshop has ranked among the finest in the country. Almost half of our attendees have been to Wildacres before. Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend.

These are residential "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. All faculty members must meet strict requirements in terms of their education and teaching experience.

Classes offered for 2019 include novel (standalone and series), short story, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Total cost, including meals and double occupancy accommodations, is $850. (We do not have private rooms.) Dates for the 2019 workshop: July 6th - July 13th.

A writer's retreat is also available for those attending the writing workshop. Total cost for both sessions is $1,300. Dates for both sessions are June 30th - July 13th.

Because our fee is inexpensive, newcomers are often concerned about the quality of the facility and the writing workshops. Don't be! The beautiful lodge-type buildings blend the comfort of modern living with the beauty of North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains. Our workshop costs less because Wildacres Retreat Center is a non-profit and does not allow for-profit organizations to use their facility. Accordingly, Wildacres Writing Workshop is operated on a not-for-profit basis.

We invite you to consider our writers retreat and our summer writing workshop. The serenity of the location is unparalleled. Apply early so you won't miss out! We will begin accepting applications on March 2nd, 2019.

As a smart alumni, Debbie Daniel, once said, "When you apply for Wildacres, don't worry about the class. Just get in! Don't miss the experience."

Are You Looking for a Writing Family? Listen to Leah:
"For the first time since I was 12 years old, I feel like I have found my own family again; people and traditions I can count on. I go to Wildacres and know I will see people dear to my heart. I know I will enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the porch before sitting down and passing food between the people I love — all to the tune of lively conversations. I know I will dance like a fool with other brilliant fools, and snort at shared jokes during the Gong Show. I know I will laugh and cry and hug and be hugged, and bare my soul and behold the souls of others. I know I will belong."
-Leah Senona