Fees & Schedule

2023 Workshop: July 8-15

2023 Retreat: July 2-8

All writing classes at Wildacres fill up quickly.


2023 Fees

Workshop: $895 

Retreat: $465 
Retreat week is available only for Workshop attendees and their non-writing guests.

Workshop and Retreat fees also include: 
Double-occupancy lodging and three on-site meals per day.

2023 Dates

Application period: 
February 8 – April 1, 2023  

As of June 1, 2023, full balance is due on acceptance.

Manuscript Submission:
June 1, 2023 (unless instructed otherwise by your faculty member).  

Close-up of a low fire burning in the fire pit at the Wildacres outdoor amphitheater at night.
About our Fees

Our fees are inexpensive compared to many other Master Class-level writing workshops, so newcomers are often concerned about the class and facility quality — please don’t be! We can provide this amazing, affordable writing experience by operating on a not-for-profit basis and through our partnership with Wildacres Retreat and Conference Center, a longtime nonprofit organization and facility.  

You can also apply for one of our Workshop scholarships

  • $100 cancellation fee after June 1.  
  • No refunds after June 15 unless we can refill your spot.  
  • If you are not accepted, we will refund your entire deposit minus any online-payment service fees.  
  • No refunds for any reason once the retreat and workshop weeks are underway. 

2023 Retreat and Workshop Schedule 

Sunday, July 2: Retreat Check-in

Retreat check-in is between 3:00 and 5:30pm. All attendees must be checked in before 5:30pm.

Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 7: Retreat

  • Mealtimes are 8am, 12:30pm, and 6pm.  
  • The rest of the days are free writing time with informal evening readings after dinner.

Saturday, July 8: Workshop Check-in 

For Retreat attendees: Breakfast will be served at 8am.

  • You do not have to check out of your room, as you’ll be in the same room for Workshop week.
  • No lunch is served at Wildacres on this day, but several local restaurants are open for lunch.
  • The Wildacres facility does not have full laundry services, but there is a laundromat nearby.
  • You do not have to check in again, but please be back at Wildacres by 5:30pm.

For Workshop-only attendees: Check-in is Saturday, July 8 between 3:00 and 5:00pm.

All attendees must be checked in before 5:30pm. 

Dinner is served at 6:30pm this night only.

Sunday, July 9 to Friday, July 14: Workshop

The full schedule for your class and all activities will be provided in your packet when you arrive. 

  • Classes are held 9:30am-12pm or 2-4:30pm. Your class will switch time blocks mid-week. 
  • Each class will have a day off on a staggered schedule so you can audit other classes, go sightseeing, write on your own, or just relax.  
  • Mealtimes are 8am, 12:30pm, and 6pm.  
  • Some of our evening activities include faculty and student readings, live music, dancing, a theme party, and our Gong Show, full of skits and laughs.

Saturday, July 15: Check-out

Check-out is after 8am breakfast.