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The Newport MFA Workshop

Writers of fiction and nonfiction are invited to join us Jan. 7-9, 2022 for a weekend of workshops, craft talks and readings with best-selling authors.

Join best-selling authors Andre Dubus III and Emily Bernard for workshops in fiction and nonfiction. In addition to in-depth attention to your work, you'll have an immersive weekend of readings and craft discussions. You'll deepen your prose and leave with community, connection and inspiration. No matter what stage in your writing life, we're right there with you.

Space is limited to ensure personal attention and in-depth discussion of your work.

Best-selling author Ann Hood, founding director of the Newport MFA, is also director of the workshop. The workshop overlaps with the closing weekend of the Newport MFA's residency. Workshop participants get a peek inside our MFA program by attending craft talks and readings with MFA faculty and visiting writers.

Workshop Dates


Jan. 7-9, 2022

Program Format






Schedule and Registration

Separate workshop sessions for fiction and nonfiction run concurrently over three days. Each workshop is limited to eight students and application is open to all writers. While submission of a manuscript is not required at registration, you will be asked to submit a draft three weeks prior to attending the workshop.

Workshop participants will also join Newport MFA students for craft talks and readings (schedule to be announced at a later date).

Workshop Faculty

Andre Dubus III, Fiction

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times best-sellers "House of Sand and Fog," "The Garden of Last Days" and his memoir, "Townie." His most recent novel, "Gone So Long," was a selection for the Boston Globe's "Twenty Best Books of 2018." A 2001 Guggenheim Fellow, he is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for fiction, two Pushcart Prizes and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature.

Emily Bernard, Nonfiction

Emily Bernard is the author of "Black is the Body: Stories from My Mother's Time and Mine," which was named one of the best books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and National Public Radio and won the 2020 Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose. Her previous works include "Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten," a New York Times notable book of the year; "Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendship," which was chosen by the New York Public Library as a book for the teen age; and, with Deborah Willis, "Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs," which received a 2010 NAACP Image Award. Her work has appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Harper's, The New Republic,, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays and Best of Creative Nonfiction.