2018 Writers' Workshop flyer

Writers’ Workshop

31st Annual Writers' Workshop - June 25 - June 29, 2018 


The annual Joiner Writers' Workshop returns for our 31st summer! After last year's wonderful 30th year celebration and festival, this year we return to our workshop roots, featuring 4 day workshop classes in poetry, fiction, memoir and non-fiction, readings by faculty, students, and veterans, special master classes in creative writing, and a community dedicated to creative responses to war. 

The Joiner Writers' Workshop is open to writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and hybrid genres. The workshop involves one week of working sessions with distinguished writers. The faculty includes veterans of the Vietnam and Iraq wars, and others whose lives have been alterted by the experience of war or whose writing concerns war, conflict, diaspora, and other issues. Applicants with diverse interests and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Special events held at UMass Boston and at other Boston and Cambridge locations will be open to both workshop students and the general public.

Click for the Schedule and Readings and Events during the workshop week.


2018 Faculty and Visiting Writers: 

Martín Espada, Danielle Legros Georges, Laren McClung, Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Bruce Weigl, Martha Collins, Sean Davis, Fred Marchant, Lovella Calica and Warrior Writers, Lady Borton, and more TBA. 

Course Descriptions, Master Class Descriptions, Schedule of Events, and Reading schedule coming soon.

  • Tuition: $300 for one week workshop. Limited scholarships available.
  • Location: University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dates: June 25-June 29, 2018
  • Contact: Please direct any questions to Mitch Manning at mitch.manning@umb.edu or 617-287-5863.


To Apply: 

If you are a returning student and have participated in the Joiner Writers Workshop before, you do not need to send in a writing sample.

If you are a new student to the Joiner Writers' Workshop, in a separate email, please send a writing sample in your genre, up to 10 pages, to joinerinstitute@umb.edu with the subject line: "WJI 2018 Writing Sample - Your Name". If you work in two genres, it is okay to include both in your writing sample. Please send writing samples in .doc or .pdf files. 

The Joiner Institute unfortunately can not accept online payments at this time due to UMass Boston regulations. Please send a check to William Joiner Institute - UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Healey Library, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02125.

If you have questions about the workshop, application, writing sample, or tuition, please email mitch.manning@umb.edu. 


  • The Writers' Workshop Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.