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The NHWW Experience

What New Harmony Writers Workshop is Like

A day at NHWW begins with breakfast in the Barn Abbey Common Room. Hot foods, fresh fruit, and plenty of coffee are served buffet style.

If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, you will attend your workshop(s) during the day. Workshop leaders will work with you to schedule your individual conference (approximately 30 minutes) sometime during the week, offering writers the opportunity to customize their conference experience and confer privately with the faculty member leading their workshop. Workshops allow the time to write, critique the work of others, and communicate with other writers in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas and information. 

Barn Abbey Craft

On Tuesday and Thursday, craft lectures are held at the Barn Abbey, where prominent writers will present papers or give lectures on aspects of the craft of writing.

Lunch is served daily at the Abbey. Public readings by faculty are held every evening except Thursday, which is left free for student-organized events. Each reading is followed by a reception where light refreshments are served. 

Weather in New Harmony in June is generally warm to hot, with thunderstorms likely at some point during the week. Dress is casual, and comfortable shoes or sandals are a must. The Inn, the Guest House, the Abbey, and facilities used for readings and receptions are air-conditioned.

More information on the location of NHWW can be found by visiting

Who should attend New Harmony Writers Workshop?

The Workshop is for serious writers, but not only for those who have studied creative writing in formal settings. Many of our attendees are graduate students or teachers, while many others work in fields that involve technical or business writing and are looking for a more creative outlet. Some have been working on a book for decades and just haven't gotten around to showing it to anyone; others have published numerous poems, stories, or essays. Published or unpublished, all attendees share a love for the written word and a desire to refine their craft in the company of other writers.

The public is welcome at the evening readings, and at the craft lectures. If you are nearby and wondering if you would enjoy taking part, why not start by attending those free events and getting a sense of what NHWW is like.




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