South Chatham Writers' Workshop

Spread your literary wings

Founded in 2013, the South Chatham Writers' Workshop is an intensive, one-week program for aspiring writers and writers who seek further training. The workshop is directed by the award-winning writer and Boston College professor Maxim D. Shrayer.

Over the years, we've met many working professionals who have important ideas for papers or books, but don't know how to begin or how to continue. We aim to help writers find focus and develop their own literary voice. We offer a remarkably small student-professor ratio, ensuring personal learning and feedback. Be inspired by diverse and stimulating colleagues from all walks of life. Recharge your creative energies in the historic Cape Cod village of South Chatham, an idyllic setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily professional life. Visits from award-winning writers enliven our discussions, as do the finest pastries we can find.

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Weeklong Sessions:

5 days of morning classes, 9:30am–12:30pm, with daily reading and writing assignments and a final writing project.

Class size: 4–7 participants per workshop session.

Tuition: $700 and includes daily classes, extensive feedback on writing projects, and light refreshments. Room and board are not included, but we can help you find local accommodations. Please apply early to secure a cabin or cottage located close to the workshop. Two fellowships, the Mill Creek Fellowship and the Forest Beach Fellowship, are awarded to writers based on Cape Cod to assist with tuition. A special fellowship, The Chatham Lighthouse Fellowship, is awarded to help writers defray the costs of traveling to Cape Cod.

Weekend Sessions: Special weekend sessions are available to small groups of writers. Please contact us if you are interested.

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