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Application & Guidelines

July 10-14, 2019 (5 days) 
Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) Novels

Application Materials, Guidelines & Deadllines


Materials to Submit:

We have entered to the digital age and applications are now done through our online form.  Please make sure you have all your documents collected and ready for uploading before you begin, to make the process as easy as possible.  Please include your last name in your file name (ex. LastNamesubmission.doc or LastNamepersonalstatment.pdf)

Please fill out the application form by clicking here.

  • Acceptance to a workshop is based primarily on the promise of your writing sample, as follows:
  • Picture Book applicants should upload 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. (PDF or Word)
  • Illustrators should submit 3-5 sample illustrations. (in PDF or jpg)
  • All others should upload 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. (PDF or Word)
  • If you are applying to two different genres please include separate writing samples for each genre.
  • 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 may be eligible to apply for financial aid. Visit the SBU financial aid office for more information.


Guidelines for Application form:

  • Date of birth: All applicants, including non-credit, must be at least 18 years of age and must provide their DOB to register for the course. We also need this information for housing and drink/food purposes.
  • Staying on Campus: We recommend that you stay on campus, to immerse yourself in the experience. The schedule is packed with events all day and every evening.
  • Student Status: These questions help us get you into the Stony Brook system if you want to earn credit. Workshops may be taken for 2 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 cost.
  • Workshop Preferences: Please mark your first and second choices. 



  • For Scholarship Consideration: March 1
  • All Other Applications: May 1

Early application is encouraged, as workshop space is limited. Notification of acceptance will ordinarily be mailed within four weeks. Applications received after May 1 will be considered on a rolling basis if space is available.

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