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

Writing Workshop Week

DATES: July 9 - 16, 2022

Check-in time is between 3:00 and 5:30pm on Saturday July 9. EVERYONE must be checked in before 5:30 on Saturday. Check-out is just after breakfast on July 16.

Your week and fees include:

  • 7 night stay in our beautiful mountain-lodge style rooms (double occupancy)
  • All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, served family style in our onsite dining facility while observing the facility's current COVID procedures
  • Your workshop. manuscript critique and all evening activities
  • All of this set against the beautifully inspiring backdrop of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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.

CLASSES OFFERED: Novel, Short Story, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Publishing and Book Marketing Workshop

Total fee for the Workshop Week is $875. 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.

Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend.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 submitted with your application. Alumni can forego the sample. You MUST submit a manuscript and you MUST read and critique the manuscripts submitted by your classmates.

If you have a friend or spouse who would like to accompany you, they are welcome. (The fee for this person is also $875.) Only one person in the room is required to take part in the workshop. Wildacres is a wonderful place for a relaxing vacation.

Writing workshop attendees pose with instructor Ann Hood.Nonfiction Class — facilitator, Ann Hood

FACULTY PREFERENCES: On your application you will be able to select class and faculty preferences. We will try to honor your faculty request, but 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."

Classes may be structured differently from each other in regards to workshopping, lecture, and generative writing, but all classes will offer a Master Level of teaching in their genre. (Read: You can't choose a bad class.) Once you're placed in a class and the class is full, your instructor will contact you regarding any information they think you need to know prior to attending.

MANUSCRIPTS: Your instructor will set the page limits for your class. Industry standard for a page is 12 point font, double spaced. Page limits may vary by class.

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 well 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 are due IN OUR OFFICE by MAY 20th. Writing samples MUST also be sent by May 20th unless you are an alumni. If you wish to apply after May 20th, please contact the director to see if a space is open.

Your balance is due June 1. No exceptions.

A $100 cancellation fee is charged through April 1st. From April 1st to June 5th there is a $175 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds after June 5th unless we can refill your spot. If you are not accepted, your entire deposit will be returned.

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

ROOMMATES: Rates are double occupancy meaning that you will have a roommate. You can bring your own or request a friend who is also coming. If you are new to Wildacres or don't have a roommate in mind, we will match you up with someone based on the registration information that you provide on the application form. Single occupancy rooms are VERY limited. There is an upcharge of $150 for retreat week and $175 for workshop week if you'd like a single occupancy room. (We cannot guarantee a private room, so please if you send money or a deposit, send only the regular rate for now and someone will be in touch with you about a single room.)

COVID PROTOCOLS: We will be following Covid protocols set by the Wildacres facility and will be in compliance with any North Carolina mandates that exist at the time of the workshop. It is our aim to keep everyone as safe as possible. We require that our attendees be vaccinated from Covid 19 and that they show proof of Covid-19 vaccination on check-in. We urge people to make the best safety decisions for themselves since we cannot guarantee 100% safety from contact with the virus.

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.

Any writer who attends the July 9 - 16 workshop may attend the prior week (July 3 - 9) as well for an additional fee of $450 for a double occupancy room. You may use the time as you wish.