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The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is currently seeking creative writing instructors in the field of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed-genre, screenwriting, and playwriting for our 2017 retreats, both stateside and aboard. Upcoming locations include California (Spring), Louisiana (Spring), Spain (Summer), and New England (Fall) and retreats run from 4-10 days, depending on location. Compensation available for all teaching positions.  Candidates with MFAs or PhDs in Creative writing, professional writing and teaching experience, and a strong publication history are preferred. If interested, please include the following with your application:

  1. Cover Letter (including a biography, your interest in the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, your background in creative writing, and what you hope to add to our community)
  2. CV (including a list of major publications, creative writing courses taught, three references, and contact information)
  3. Three Pitches for Classes (one paragraph abstract for each class)
  4. Work Sample (20-40 pages of poetry, prose, a script, or mixed-genre work)
  5. Availability and Preference for Retreat Locations

Application Period: October 5, 2016 – October 25, 2016
Apply at cww.submittable.com

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Registration for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Fall 2016 Craft of Writing Seminars & Creative Writing Workshops is now open on the Cambridge Center for Adult Education website!  Our featured faculty this fall includes Jade SylvanRita BanerjeeLaura van den Berg, and Diana Norma Szokolyai. Information on classes, meeting times, and faculty are listed at cww.nyc. Courses are $40 each and those who register for 5 or more classes will receive a 10% discount on registration.  Two kinds of classes will be offered this fall at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (56 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA): craft of writing seminars and writing workshops. In craft of writing seminars, students will learn about a particular craft issue, study and discuss examples of contemporary creative writing, and will do an in-session writing prompt. For creative writing workshops, students will bring in new and in-progress creative work to be reviewed and critiqued during class.


Cambridge Center For Adult Education
56 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA


Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm, September 10 – December 10, 2016


September 24:
“Science : Fiction – Building Literary Worlds”

with Rita Banerjee (craft of writing seminar)

In this seminar, we will explore how the fabric and rules of literary worlds in realist and speculative fiction are created. By examining the parameters of social and behavioral codes, human interactions and psychology, and the materiality of worlds, we’ll explore that volatile space where truth and lie meet, where conflicts crystallize, and where storytelling disturbs and delights. If you’re currently at work on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatrical play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem which has a unique literary world at its heart, or if you want to explore your craft through this lens, please join us at the CCAE.

October 8:
“Revision Strategies for All Genres”
with Jade Sylvan (writing workshop)

Writing is a process of discovery, which means first and second drafts are not always the strongest. In this writing workshop, we will revisit drafts of all genres in radical and unusual ways in order to make them their best. 

November 5:  
“Time in the Short Story”
with Laura van den Berg (craft of writing seminar)

In craft of writing seminars, students will learn about a particular craft issue, study and discuss examples of contemporary creative writing, and will do an in-session writing prompt. 

November 12:
“Spatial Poetics”

with Diana Norma Szokolyai (craft of writing seminar)

In this craft of writing seminar, we will examine how theories in spatial poetics apply to the structure of our writing.  Using literary theory, elements of visual design, sociological paradigms, and our imaginations, we will explore the concept of spatial form in our narratives as it relates to concrete and abstract places and spaces.

December 3:
“Emotion and Suspense in Theatre, Poetry, and (Non)Fiction”

with Rita Banerjee (craft of writing seminar)

Plato argues that human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.  And before staging Kalidasa’s The Recognition of Śākuntalā, the director challenges his actress-lover: “As though in a painting, the entire audience has had their emotion colored through your melody.  So now—what shall we perform to sustain the mood?”  In this class, we will explore how creating vivid emotional worlds between characters and within storylines can build suspense, sustain drama, and lure the reader deeper in.

December 10:
“Writing Yourself Naked”

with Jade Sylvan (writing workshop)

From nonfiction memoirs to poetry, from sci-fi to fantasy, it can be hard to wade through all of our associations, defenses, and unconscious belief systems to find what we really want to say.  Through a series of writing and personal reflection exercises, we will begin to slough off the layers of social, environmental, and biological noise to excavate the core of our authentic voice.

$ 35.00
$ 35.00

Help support the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop by becoming a member of our NING Writers’ Network.  Your membership will help support our literary arts activities, workshops, and summer retreats.  We are grateful for any and all support from our members.

All pledged members will have full access to the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Membership Site and will be eligible for special offers on workshops and events.  Members will also be able to share their creative work, post literary inquiries, network with others writers, and receive feedback on their work on the CWW NING Writers’ Network.


  • $35 – Cambridge Writer’s Workshop Member & Ning Access
To sign-up for a one-year membership, please send us a short writing sample (1000 excerpt of prose or 3 pages of poetry) and complete the form below.