Application Guidelines

Session 1: July 10-14, 2013 (5 days)
Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) Novels, Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels, Children's Books and Comics

Session 2: July 17-28, 2013 (12 days)
Young Adult (YA) Fiction and Non-Fiction

Materials | Guidelines | Deadllines | Tuition & Fees | Deposits, Payments & Refunds

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Materials to Submit:

  • Please fill out the application form. (Download the application here)

  • Acceptance to a workshop is based primarily on the promise of your writing sample, as follows:
  • Picture Book applicants should submit a sample or draft picture book manuscript, up to 1000 words, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with your name and page numbers on every page.

  • Illustrators should submit 3-5 sample illustrations.

  • All others should submit 10-20 pages of prose, double-spaced, in the genre to which you’re applying. The sample should be in 12-point font with your name and page numbers on every page.
  • You may attend both sessions, taking two workshops. Please note on your application that you are applying to both, and include a second writing sample if you’re hoping to work in two different genres.
  • Secondary consideration is given to an indication of how you will benefit from the experience of joining us. Please provide a statement of purpose describing what you hope to accomplish in the workshop and what motivates you to apply.
  • Partial scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please include a personal statement and a letter of recommendation attesting to the strength of your work along with the other materials. Members of the MFA program who enroll in both sessions are eligible to apply for financial aid. Visit the SBU financial aid office for more information.
  • Make checks or money orders, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to Stony Brook University. Include the workshop in the Memo line of the check.

Guidelines for Application form:

  • Date of birth: All applicants, including non-credit, must be at least 18 years of age and must register for the entire duration of the course.
  • Question 1: We recommend that you stay on campus, to immerse yourself in the experience. The schedule is packed, with events all day and every evening. For commuters, breakfast and lunch is included in the cost of tuition. Dinner is not included.
  • Question 2: Partial scholarships are generally modest, and are intended to defray the costs of staying on campus.
  • Question 3 and its subsets: Workshops may be taken for 3 graduate-level academic credits. To earn the credits, participants must attend all workshop meetings, complete all assignments, earn a passing grade, and attend all electives, including evening events. Stony Brook undergraduates who are accepted can get permission from their departments and the Graduate School to apply these credits toward their Bachelor’s. Students at other universities should check with their institutions for how to apply these credits. Out-of-state students will pay $786 for the credits.
  • Question 4: We have a terrific program, if you’re interested in studying year round.
  • Workshop Preferences: Please mark your first and second choices. Note that courses are offered in two separate sessions, one meeting July 11-15 for 5 days and the other July 18-29 for 12 days. If one of those session dates doesn’t work for you, please choose workshops from the other session. If you would like to attend BOTH sessions, select a first and second choice from among Session 1 offerings and another first and second choice from among Session 2 offerings.


  • Early Acceptance: April 15
  • For Scholarship Consideration: April 15
  • All Other Applications: June 1

Early application is encouraged, as workshop space is limited. Notification of acceptance will ordinarily be mailed within four weeks. Applications received after May 12 will be considered on a rolling basis if space is available.

Tuition and Fees:

Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable)

Session I: Conference tuition, room and board: $1655
Session I: Commuter tuition (all meals included): $1390
Session I: Commuter subscriber option: $650
Session I: On Campus subscriber option: $TBA

Session II: Conference tuition, room and board: $2749
Session II: Commuter tuition (all meals included): : $1995
Session II: Commuter subscriber option: $1500
Session II: On-campus subscriber option: $2195

Out of State Graduate Credit: additional $786 per 3 credits

Single Room Guarantee (Optional) : $375 based on availability (non-refundable) (depending on enroll-ment, there is the possibility that some participants will be placed in singles without paying this fee, but this payment guarantees you will not be doubled.)

* Prices subject to change

Deposits, Payments and Refunds:

• A non-refundable tuition deposit of $400 is due upon acceptance.
• Refunds cannot be provided for those who must leave the conference early.
• Tuition deposits received after a workshop fills will be returned promptly.
• Remaining tuition and fees must be received by June 15, 2012.