About Tent: Creative Writing

July 16 to 23, 2017

Tent: Creative Writing welcomes aspiring and practicing writers in their twenties and thirties to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, to workshop, read, and talk about craft and literary history. The program offers workshops on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, taught by authors such as Sam Lipstye, Lisa Olstein, and Eileen Pollack.

Participants discuss classics of modern Jewish literature, by authors from Sholem Aleichem to Adrienne Rich, with literary scholar Josh Lambert and consider the roles played by Jews in the creation of literary modernism and postmodernism. They also work on their writing in a pastoral setting, meet a visiting editor or two, set type at Big Wheel Press, and visit the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College and the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Each accepted participant receives a full scholarship, covering the cost of the workshop as well as room and board.

Lodging will be provided if required, and most meals will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Amherst.

Applications for Tent: Creative Writing 2017 are closed.