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Frequently Asked Questions
Total tuition is $8,400, paid in three installments of $2,800, due in May, September, and January.
In addition, program fellows are expected to attend the Southampton Writers Conference. Typically, housing and food costs for the conference run approximately $1,000.
The BookEnds Page One Endowment allows us to remit a portion of BookEnds fees for select students with genuine need. There is an option to apply for scholarship funding in the BookEnds application.
There are no travel scholarships.
Applications go live November 15, 2021. The scholarship deadline is February 1, 2022. The regular deadline is February 15, 2022. Interviews take place in February and early March. Admitted fellows will be notified before April 1, 2022, and must accept by April 7th.
The weekly commitment to BookEnds is 20-25 hours per week. Most BookEnds fellows have both full-time jobs and family commitments, and fit in the work in the early mornings, late at night, and/or while commuting. How to prioritize writing is a question for all writers, and this is a part of the conversation and support throughout the fellowship and in the alumni group.
A BookEnds fellowship runs for one year and three days.
The required meeting dates for the 2021-2022 fellowship are as follows:
Orientation: June 8, 15, 22; 2021
Writers Conference: July 14-18, 2021
Manhattan: January 15, 2022*
535 8th Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Writers Conference: July 8-10, 2022
* A hybrid option will likely be available for this meeting.
The required meeting dates for the 2022-2023 fellowship are as follows:
Orientation: June 7, 14, 21; 2022
Writers Conference: July 6-10, 2022
Manhattan: January 14, 2022
Writers Conference: July 14-16, 2023
There will continue to be some virtual availability.
BookEnds is a non-credit program. Most participants have completed a Creative Writing MFA, though it is not required.
For a nominal yearly fee, our alums continue the community beyond the fellowship year with critique and accountability meetings, as well as a six-times yearly visiting author series, which includes guests such as Rebecca Makkai, Alice McDermott, Jim Shepard, and many others.