Hurston/Wright Foundation | 2018 Writers Week
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2018 Writers Week

2018 Summer Writers Week

Fiction Workshop led by Mitchell S. Jackson

Nonfiction Workshop led by Pamela Newkirk

Poetry Workshop will be led by Tiphanie Yanique

Saturday, August 4 – Friday, August 10, 2018

 Howard University in Washington, D.C.


For more than 20 years, the Hurston/Wright Summer Writers Workshop has offered a safe space for writers in intensive workshop sessions and master classes.

Workshops are led by award-winning writers who are influencing today’s literature. The program features critiques, craft talks, writing time and public readings.

Hurston/Wright workshops serve emerging and experienced writers who are starting projects, developing projects or seeking to polish projects. More than a thousand writers have participated in workshops since the first session in 1996.

Hurston/Wright is a community that supports you and your writing life.

Summer 2018 Program

Mitchell S Jackson

Fiction Instructor: Mitchell S. Jackson


Mitchell S. Jackson is the recipient of a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence for his debut novel, The Residue Years.  The book also was a finalist for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, among other accolades. He teaches writing on the faculty of New York University.

Pamela Newkirk

Creative Nonfiction Instructor: Pamela Newkirk

Pamela Newkirk is author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a professor of journalism and director of undergraduate studies in New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute.

Tiphanie Yanique

Poetry Instructor: Tiphanie Yanique

 Tiphanie Yanique is author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. She also is an award-winning fiction writer for the novel Land of Love and Drowning and the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony. She is an associate professor of English at Wesleyan University.

Submission Format

For fiction and nonfiction, 20 pages maximum, using Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

For poetry, 3 poems.

Provide a title page with the author’s name and contact information. Number the pages.

Include a cover letter with information about your writing life and citations of any published work.

Deadline: June 1st.

Apply early. Hurston/Wright uses rolling admissions for a maximum of 10 slots per class. All applicants will be notified by June 15th.

Application fee: $30

Apply to one workshop only.

Previous attendees are eligible to apply.

Tuition: $700.00.

A nonrefundable deposit of $150 is due within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance into the workshop. The remaining $550 balance is due by July 20th.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel after paying the full tuition, $350 will be returned to you if you notify the foundation at least 1 week before the program starts. After that date, the full tuition is forfeited. In addition, Hurston/Wright reserves the right to close the submission period or cancel a session based on the number of applications. Applicants will be notified immediately and any payments will be returned.

Classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. most days; a detailed schedule will be provided upon acceptance. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Housing will not be provided, but the foundation has made arrangements for a discount rate at a local hotel.

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