Fees & Schedule

Workshop: July 8-15, 2023

Retreat: July 2-8, 2023

All writing classes at Wildacres fill up quickly, so don’t wait: Apply now.

To apply after April 1, or if you’d like to be added to the wait list, please contact our director


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.

Upcoming Dates

Application period: 
February 8 – April 1, 2023 

Deposit: 50% due April 1, 2023 

Balance: due June 1, 2023
No exceptions. 

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

Note: Your deposit, not your acceptance, secures your attendance. We advise sending your deposit at the same time as you complete your application, as we will fill up quickly and there will be a waiting list.

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 2023 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. 

Retreat and Workshop Schedule 

Sunday, July 2:

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

Saturday, July 8:  

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 between 3:00 and 5:30pm. All attendees must be checked in before 5:30pm. Dinner is served at 6:30pm.

Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 14: 

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 is after 8am breakfast.