Wildacres Writing Workshop
Writers relax on the patio.

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

Dates for 2020:
Writing workshop: July 4th - July 11th
Retreat: June 28th - July 4th

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 

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 Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend.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.

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 in February.

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