Fiction Workshop

Workshop dates

2020 programming has been cancelled

Applications Now Closed


Please email or call 740-427-5196.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the State of Ohio’s accompanying restrictions, Kenyon College has made the difficult decision to close campus through July 31st, so we must cancel Kenyon Review’s residential 2020 Writers Workshops. These are unprecedented times, and we regret we will not see you this summer. We trust you’ll understand this decision as your health and safety are of the utmost concern to us.



Fiction writers have flocked for more than twenty years to the KR Workshops to work, to write, to generate a momentum that will carry them into the future. This isn’t about bringing stories or excerpts of work already securely set down. It’s about the magical combination of shared effort and inspiration that leads to individual achievement.

Workshops meet daily. The small groups of writers and inspiring teachers wrestle with shared readings to understand how a story works rather than what it means. What options do writers have in the way of narrative, of exposition, of point of view? It’s a full-on engagement with the art of fiction.

And more: every participant is challenged by literary prompts and exercises to generate a new work of fiction every day! Writing happens around the clock. Discussions abound in the beautiful dining hall or under soaring trees. Participants hold private conferences both with their instructors, with Peter Taylor Fellows and with one another. Stories appear that are shared first within the workshop and then with the larger community of writers. Sparks fly.

Each class is limited to 12 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be one short story or an excerpt from a longer work. Based on your application, you will be assigned one of the following instructors: Caitlin Horrocks or Angie Cruz in session I or E.J. Levy, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Ira Sukrungruang, Nick White, or Nancy Zafris in session II.



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Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop success
Writers Workshop conferencing
Writers Workshop in the Gund Gallery
Writers Workshop conferencing
Campus beauty
Writers Workshop final dinner
Writers Workshop final dinner
Writers Workshop participants
Writers Workshop at a reading
Writers Workshop participant
Writers Workshop audience