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Writers Week

Writers Week

Writers from around the world have found a special home at Idyllwild Arts. For decades, it has gathered thoughtful, provoking, and notable faculty and guests—among them Ray Bradbury, Lucille Clifton, Natalie Diaz, Sharon Olds, Terrance Hayes, Billy Collins, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Philip Levine, David St. John, and Natasha Trethewey. Join us to be inspired and challenged by world-class voices at our annual Writers Week.

Work and engage with some of the country’s premier literary artists. Writers Week includes:

  • Workshops
  • Daily craft talks
  • Readings
  • Book signing receptions
  • Opportunities to socialize and exchange ideas
  • Four Merit Fellowship opportunities


The Idyllwild Arts Writers Week gathers a diverse community of writers who are committed to working together to explore new ideas in the world and in their own creative work. As a Writers Week participant, you will work closely with nationally-regarded faculty in small morning workshops focused on fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Each afternoon, you’ll hear special guests speak about their craft, the field of writing, or social issues in inspirational and thought-provoking sessions. Evenings include social time and readings by special guests, teachers, fellows and students.

After enrolling in a genre (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction), you’ll be assigned to a specific faculty member’s workshop group. These meet for three hours each morning, Monday through Friday. Workshops are focused on respectful critique of work you submit in advance: 10 pages of poetry (one poem on each page, all in one document), or 15 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction sent by May 19. The workshops will also provide opportunities for writing new work.

The Writers Week Fellowship gives aspiring writers an opportunity to elevate their craft and immerse themselves in an inspiring setting, surrounded by a community of diverse and impassioned writers, poets, artists, and creators. This annual one-week retreat is held on the sprawling campus of Idyllwild Arts, and coincides with an eclectic mix of workshops hosted by the Adult Arts Center at Idyllwild Arts. The 2023 Writers Week Fellowship Program will accept submissions for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction beginning December 15, 2022- February 1, 2023. Four fellowships will be awarded in 2023. The Writers Week Fellowship covers tuition, meals and housing on campus. Recipients are responsible for their own transportation to and from Idyllwild, CA. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

You will send in advance 10 pages of poetry (one poem on each page, all in one document), OR 15 pages of fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction. Due by June 7. You will receive instructions to send in your work from our registration staff before the program begins.

Sergio Lima is a poet and educator from Southern California. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Breakbeat Poets LatiNext anthology, and The Bastard’s Review. Sergio teaches high school English in Southeast L.A. County and lives in Long Beach, CA with his family.

Leonora Simonovis is a Venezuelan American poet, educator, and scholar, currently living on occupied Kumeyaay territory (San Diego, CA). She has an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a full time faculty in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures at the University of San Diego. Her debut poetry collection, Study of the Raft, won the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry and received Honorable Mention at the 2022 International Latino Book Awards. Her work has been featured in Verse Daily and has also appeared in River Mouth Review, Gargoyle, Kweli, The Rumpus, Diode Poetry Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Inverted Syntax, among others. She has received fellowships from VONA, Women Who Submit, and the Poetry Foundation and is currently working on her second manuscript.

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