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The CWC nourishes writers at every level, from novice to advanced, with a week of workshops, craft lectures, shop talks, and readings. Colgate’s own creative writing faculty and a slate of special guests lead daily workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and—new this year—young adult writing. With its reputation for being one of the friendliest conferences around, the CWC welcomes people looking to jump-start a project they’ve been dreaming about as well as writers who’ve finished an entire manuscript. The schedule leaves ample time for solitude and socializing in the gorgeous environs of the Chenango Valley. 2019 applications are closed. Please check back in 2020 for more information.

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Conference Information

Why Colgate?

  • Workshop hundreds of pages, not just a chapter.
  • Meet with the same small workshop, daily, for the entire week.
  • Grow as a writer through intensive peer review.
  • Our costs are all-inclusive — room and board for the week, as well as tuition.
  • Professional writers and editors will discuss both the craft and the business of writing.

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We encourage you to call, write, or e-mail the conference staff for more information.