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Frequently Asked Questions
Total tuition is $8,400. A deposit of $300 is required upon acceptance, and the remaining total is paid in three installments of $2,700 over the course of the program.
Housing and food costs at the Southampton Writers Conference, which run approximately $1,000, are handled separately through Stony Brook University.
We are able, for a small number of selected students with genuine need, to remit approximately $2,000 of the full cost of BookEnds. There is an option to apply for scholarship funding in the BookEnds application. Because of predictable housing and food expenses during the two program residencies, we estimate this funding will abate the actual cost of the BookEnds program by approximately $1,000.
There are no travel scholarships.
Applications go live November 15, 2019. The scholarship deadline is February 1, 2020. The regular deadline is March 1, 2020. Interviews take place in March. Applicants are notified on or about April 1, 2020.
The program has two mandatory residencies in Southampton, NY (the first for twelve days in July; the second for three days the following July) and a third required in-person meeting (on a Saturday in January in Manhattan), as well as required bi-weekly three-hour meetings either by Skype or phone, scheduled by the members of each pod grouping.
BookEnds is called an “intensive” for good reason. Graduates estimate that commitment to BookEnds—from pod preparation and meetings, to writing, and to reading—requires approximately 20-25 hours a week. Commitment to BookEnds means commitment to your novel. Applications to the program should reflect an understanding of this.
BookEnds fellowship runs for one year and three days.
BookEnds fellows who wish to remain actively engaged with the program after the end of their fellowship year are welcome to attend the January meetings at no cost, and to join the alumni group that meets during the Southampton Writers Conference.
The required meeting dates for the 2019-2020 fellowship are July 10-21, 2019 in Southampton, January 18, 2020 from 11 am – 3 pm in Manhattan, and July 8-11, 2020 in Southampton.
The required meeting dates for the 2020-2021 fellowship are July 8-19, 2020 in Southampton, January 23 or January 30, 2021 from 11 am – 3 pm in Manhattan, and July 7-10, 2021 in Southampton.
BookEnds is a non-credit program. Most participants have completed a Creative Writing MFA, though it is not required.