The Program

Imagine what you could accomplish with a week devoted to writing. Then double it.

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You’ll be surprised how much new work you’ll produce in a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Workshops emphasize generating and revising new writing. To that end, instructors employ challenging writing exercises to nourish, release, and sharpen your verbal and imaginative acuity. They lead their groups in close readings and discussions of participants’ work, with special attention to writing technique. Beyond the classroom, personal meetings with your instructor provide opportunities for the two of you to discuss workshop assignments and other projects.

You’ll find the Writers Workshop intensely creative, pushing you beyond what you thought you were capable of achieving—you eat, sleep, drink, and breathe writing. And all around you, your fellow writers and instructors are cheering you on, encouraging you, word by word.

Genre workshops (Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry) are held for three hours each morning. Participants can enjoy private time in the afternoon for reading and writing, walking and reflecting, or exploring village life and amenities.

The Novel and Teachers Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch; the Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Time is available for generative work after class.

Each evening, there are public readings by instructors, visiting writers, and workshop participants.

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