About Tent: Creative Writing

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.

Applications for the 2020 Tent: Creative Writing Program are not yet open. Sign up for updates on the program, including the application process, here

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. 

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.