Writing Opportunities

In conjunction with Wilkes University, the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program offers writing workshops throughout the year.

Students just finished workshops in playwriting, fiction, and memoir.

Upcoming workshops include:

Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr


A master class taught by poetry faculty, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, this class will allow participants to write new poems, critique old ones, and enhance your own poetry skills.


Ann Miller

Building Your Fiction, a workshop taught in Mesa, AZ by Wilkes student Ann Miller, will teach students the basic building blocks for fiction, including plotting, characterization, setting, dialogue, scene, tension and getting published.


From February to March, Wilkes will be hosting six creative writing community workshops: Intro to Poetry will be taught by alumni Dawn Leas, Advanced Memoir Writing will be taught by alumni Vicki Mayk, The One Act Play will be taught by Dr. Bonnie Culver, Creative Nonfiction will be taught by alumni Rachael J. Hughes, Intro to Screenwriting will be taught by alumni Kelly Clisham, and Storytelling & Reconstructing Identity will be taught by alumni Virginia Grove.


The James Jones First Novel Fellowship is now accepting submissions for the 2017 year.

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Runners-up will receive $1000. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts.

For more information, visit: http://wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-programs/creative-writing-ma-mfa/james-jones-fellowship-contest.aspx


Pennsylvania Writers Conference: 

Lenore Hart, Dr. J. Michael Lennon, and Kaylie Jones speak on a panel at PWC 2016.

In August, over 100 people registered for the Pennsylvania Writers Conference, which was held August 5-6, 2016. Next year, PWC will be held on August 4-5, 2017 on the Wilkes University Campus.