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One Novel.

One Mentor.

One Life-Changing Year.


Bookends is a non-credit intensive to help writers revise their full-length manuscripts and bring them to polished form.





Founded by faculty members Meg Wolitzer and Susan Scarf Merrell, BookEnds provides a year of close-grained work in meticulously constructed peer groupings, enriched by one-on-one mentorships. Past and current mentors include Ursula Hegi, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Karen E. Bender, Scott Cheshire, and Matthew Klam.




BookEnds accepts a small number of talented writers with promising full-length manuscripts that still need work. Novels and collections of short stories are suitable for the fellowship. Participants must be able to generate and integrate manuscript critique within the unique BookEnds methodology.