Creative Writing Guidelines

Session 1: July 10-14, 2013 (5 days) - Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Children’s Literature
Session 2: July 17-28, 2013 (12 days) - Short Story, Novel, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Children’s Literature

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

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Materials to Submit:

  • Acceptance to a workshop is based primarily on the promise of your writing sample. Please submit 10 pages of poetry, single-spaced, or 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 on each page.

  • You can 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 also 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.

  • If applying for a scholarship, please include a statement of purpose of 500 words or less and one letter of recommendation attesting to the strength of your work and your level of commitment to it.

  • If applying as a subscriber, please submit a 150-word statement detailing your expectations of the program. Subscribers attend all readings, lectures, and social events, but do not participate in the actual workshops.

  • Include an application fee of $25, check or money order, 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. We also need this information for housing and drink/food purposes.
  • 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.
  • Question 2: Partial scholarships are generally modest, and are meant 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 an additional $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, second and third 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 10 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: May 1
  • 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

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

* Fees are 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, 2013.