Remember when we were kids and our parents sent us off to summer camp – overnight, day or playground based? Not only was it a way to occupy our time, we usually ended up learning something new. Why can’t we do that as writers? Why shouldn’t we recharge and have some fun while learning new techniques and generating new ideas? Of course, most of us aren’t on vacation for a whole summer (that day job is pretty important), but why can’t we spend the vacation time we do have honing our writing skills? Luckily, there are loads of opportunities out there. Want to go to Greece? How about Spain? Maybe you prefer the forests of New Hampshire or pastoral upstate New York. What about Minnesota in the summertime? Maybe you’d like an island setting. Online workshops might be your best option. Do you write young adult, science, fantasy, or romance fiction? Are you a poet? Do you write literary non-fiction? Maybe you’re a technical writer or business writer. The good news is that there are gobs of writing workshops out there with all kinds of settings and offerings. Up for an adventure? Here are some sites to get you started:
- New Pages Writing Conferences & Events, a nice listing of U.S., Canadian, and international site-based and online offerings
- Writers Digest University, a comprehensive list of online workshops for any kind of writer
- The Write Life’s “20 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2015,” although more than half are over, there are still some interesting international offerings
- Shaw Guides’ Guides to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops, a comprehensive list by date for just about any type of writing or setting
Take a little time to investigate for yourself. Maybe you’ll find that perfect summer experience you can look back on for the rest of your writing life.