Welcome to the Yale Writers' Conference

If you’re committed to your writing, welcome to the Yale Writers’ Conference.

We’re a community of writers.   Our goal is to help you do your best work.  We offer small, intensive workshops, master classes, and craft talks with internationally known authors.  Each of our participants meets individually with workshop faculty.

And because we write to be read, we bring panels of agents, literary journals, independent presses, and major publishers to campus for panel discussions and pitch sessions.

Our writers live in a Yale College and have full access to the University’s facilities, including dining halls, library, gym, and museums.

 Join us this summer!

 Summer 2015 dates:

  • Session I: June 6 - 16, 2015
  • Session II: June 18-21, 2015 

 

 

 Contact: ywc@yale.edu

 UPDATES:

The following workshops are full and closed to further enrollment:

In Session I the following workshops are full:  John Crowley,  Julia Glass and Eileen Pollack

In Session II the following workshops are full:  Jotham Burrello

 

 

 

THE PROGRAM

In Session I, writers will develop their talents while exploring broad issues of craft in nine days of workshops, individual conferences and readings. Visiting faculty will lead master classes limited to twenty-five writers and deliver craft talks to the Conference as a whole.

And because we write to be read, panels of agents, publishers, and editors will describe the publishing process and the realities of the writer’s life. Our guests have included publications like the Harvard Review and N+1; editors Elizabeth Beier (St. Martin’s), Rebecca Salatan (Riverhead), and George Gibson (Bloomsbury); and agents Lorin Rees, John Talbot, and Erin Harris.

Session II is intended for writers concentrating in a specific genre. Over four days, they will meet in a seminar with eleven colleagues, led by an author established in the field. The seminar will include exercises and readings as well as discussion of student work. After the seminar, faculty will hold one-to-one meetings with participants.  In our final day, faculty, agents, and editors will discuss the business of writing and meet with students.

Program Director

Terence Hawkins is a graduate of Yale College, where he was publisher of the Yale Daily News.  His first novel, The Rage of Achilles, (2009) is a recounting of the Iliad in the form of a novel in realistic and sometimes brutal prose.  His second, American Neolithic, was called  "a towering work of speculative fiction that will have readers rethinking what it means to be human."  It will appear in Kirkus Reviews Best Of 2014.  His short stories and humor have appeared in Keyhole, Pindeldyboz, Eclectica, and Poor Mojo's Almanac(k).  Click HERE for a recent interview on WABC.  He became the founding director of the Conference in 2011.


THE SCHEDULE

SESSION I

June 6 - 16

The program’s schedule comprises alternating formats: one day based on the workshop, the next day, the visiting faculty. Registration is the morning of June 6, followed by a keynote address from Dr. Richard Selzer. After lunch, writers will attend their first workshops, then a dinner reception at Mory’s, a Yale tradition since 1848.

The next day will include a morning master class with that day’s visiting faculty. Writers not in the class can meet with faculty in an individual conference or use the time to write. After lunch, the visiting faculty will hold a craft talk, followed by a panel discussion with members of the publishing world.

The following day will begin with workshops in the morning. The afternoon may include guest speakers or writer or faculty readings.

The program ends June 15th after a final workshop, a panel of editors, and a reception on campus.  Check out is the morning of June 16th.

SESSION II

June 18 - 21

Housing check-in and registration are the morning  of Thursday, June 18. That afternoon, writers will attend their first seminar meetings. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the seminars will meet in the morning, with individual conferences or panel discussions in the afternoon.  Sunday afternoon will include panel discussions on the mechanics and business of publishing with faculty, agents, and editors.

Writer and faculty readings will take place every evening.

  

Tentative Agenda

Session I Workshops (PDF)

Session II Workshops (PDF)

Alumni Testimonials

Our faculty are accessible teachers as well as accomplished writers. Along with classroom and conference time, they will be available to writers in the dining hall during lunch and around the college throughout the day.

SESSION I FACULTY:  (PDF)

Visiting Faculty

Visiting faculty join us for an entire day.  In the morning, each will lead a master class limited to thirty writers.  (Please note that this means you can attend only one master class.)  After lunch with us in the dining hall, they will deliver a craft talk followed by a question and answer session to the program as a whole. Our Master Class Instructors for 2015 will include:

 

Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was an epic story about a Russian immigrant. Her recent collection of short stories,Where the God of Love Hangs Out, came out in January 2010. Her next novel, Lucky Us, (Random House) will be out in early 2014. She lives in Connecticut and taught at Yale University for the last decade. She is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence.

 

Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories and a volume of lectures, Ms. Jen has published in The New Yorker, The AtlanticMonthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of 1988, 1995 and 2013, as well as The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award and an International IMPAC Dublin Book Award, her work was also featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught. Ms. Jen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, and numerous other awards. In 2003, an American Academy of Arts and Letters jury comprised of John Updike, Cynthia Ozick, Don DeLillo, and Joyce Carol Oates granted her a five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living award; Ms. Jen also delivered the Massey lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012. Her most recent book, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self is based on those lectures.
Richard Selzer, formerly a practicing general surgeon, is a critically acclaimed author of essays, a memoir, and short stories whose reflections on medicine have made his work required reading in many medical schools. His collection, The Doctor Stories, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; his other work includes Confessions of a Knife; Letters to a Young Doctor; Down from Troy, and Diary.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Strayed's award-winning writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, The Rumpus--where she wrote the popular "Dear Sugar" advice column--and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages around the world. The movie adaptation of Wild will be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2014. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and stars Reese Witherspoon, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two children.
Colm Toibin is the author of eight novels, including The Master, Brooklyn, and Nora Webster, two volumes of short stories Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family, and a number of collections of essays. His play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He has taught at Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin and Princeton. He is currently Mellon Professor in Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Resident Faculty

Resident faculty lead the individual workshops.  They will also offer the elective classes during Session I.  Many will live in the Residential College with the writers, and all will share breakfast and lunch in the dining hall.  For a description of their workshops, please click the link to the PDF on the Program page. Our Workshop Instructors for 2015 will include:

Fiction

Kirsten Bakis's novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Baily's Prize, has a band named after it, and may soon become a terrifying film. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's currently at work on various literary projects, has been a member of the resident faculty at the Yale Summer Conference since it began, and is an editor at the literary journal Origins.
Je Banach has written for The Paris Review, Granta, Esquire, Guernica, Bookforum, PEN, and other venues. In 2014 she was featured in Op-TalkThe New York Times’ curated collection of notable commentary. A previous winner of the Connecticut Artist Fellowship for Fiction and the New Boston Fund Fellowship in Fiction, she was also awarded a residency at Hunt Hill Farm, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and held informal residencies at Dorset Colony and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Banach was a long-time contributor to Harold Bloom’s literary series with Infobase Publishing. She is the author of guides to works by Haruki Murakami, Richard Flanagan, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, Ian McEwan, E.L. Doctorow, and David Mitchell, among others. Banach is a returning member of the YWC faculty; in previous years she taught seminars on literary discourse and led a live q&a session with The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

John Crowley is a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, author of the Aegypt Cycle, Lord Byron's Novel, and Little, Big. Ursula LeGuin described his novel Little, Big as "a splendid madness, or a delightful sanity, or both." The Washington Post Book World dubbed it "the best fantasy yet written by an American." His most recent novel is Four Freedoms, the story of a young disabled man among many women in a WWII bomber plant. Crowley has taught creative writing at Yale for eighteen years. He is a Contributing Editor for Harper's Magazine.

John Donatich is the Director of Yale University Press, a leading scholarly, art and trade publisher based in New Haven and London. Authors he has published include Patrick Modiano (Nobel Prize, 2014), Gore Vidal, Edmund Morgan, Adonis, Yves Bonnefoy. He previously served as VP, Publisher of Basic Books where he published such authors as Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Hofstadter and Samantha Power. He earned a BA and MA from New York University. His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The Village Voice and many other periodicals. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was awarded a Yaddo Fellowship. He has published a memoir, Ambivalence, a Love Story and a novel, The Variations.
Trey Ellis is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, and an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University. He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs, and the American Book Award-winning, Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood. His work for the screen includes the Peabody-winning and Emmy- nominated Tuskegee Airmen, and Good Fences, which was shortlisted for the PEN Award for Best Teleplay. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, GQ, and Vanity Fair, and he has contributed audio commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays Fly and Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing continue to be performed around the country, including at Washington, D.C.’s historic Ford’s Theatre. He is currently writing a feature film for HBO on Amos 'n' Andy.
Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil and named 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. We Take Me Apart has been taught at Brown, Wesleyan, Queens College, CUNY, and other creative writing programs in the US. In 2015, Ampersand Books will release Desire: A Haunting, the long-awaited sequel to We Take Me Apart. A hybrid- and multi-genre writer, Molly is also the author of a flash fiction collection, "Lost July," published in the 3-author volume Frequencies (with Bob Hicok and Phillip B. Williams), and her chapbook "Wild Thing" includes poems and essays about recovery after brain injury. She is the creative director at The Lit Pub, and the recipient of a Vice Presidential fellowship at the University of Utah, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, an MA in fiction and BA in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and a vocational technical degree in creative writing from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the nation's only K-12 school of the arts.
Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning, and in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. She is a cofounder and literary director of the arts festival Twenty Summers, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has taught writing workshops at programs ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center to the M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College.
Lisa Page directs the creative writing program at George Washington University. Her nonfiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, theWashington Post Book World, Playboy, the Crisis, the Chicago Tribune and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Phoebe and Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women. She is former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Eileen Pollack's memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club, will be published next year by Beacon Press. She is also the author of Breaking and Entering, In the Mouth, Woman Walking Ahead, and two creative nonfiction textbooks. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Michigan.
Marian Thurm is the author of three short-story collections and six novels; her novel The Clairvoyant was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the AtlanticMichigan Quarterly, Boston Review, Ontario Review, and many other magazines, and have been included in Best American Short Stories and numerous other anthologies. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Swedish, and Japanese. Today is Not Your Day, her new short story collection, will be published in 2015. She has taught creative writing at Yale, Barnard College, the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and in the MFA programs at Columbia University and Brooklyn College.
Teddy Wayne is the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Simon & Schuster) and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial) and a third novel forthcoming in 2016 from Simon & Schuster. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a PEN/Bingham Prize, Young Lions Fiction Award, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. A columnist for the New York Times, his work regularly appears in The New Yorker, GQ, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. He has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis, and he lives in New York.

Non-Fiction

Jotham Burrello is an arts entrepreneur—writer, publisher, teacher, editor, video and radio producer. In 2010 he founded Elephant Rock Books, an award-winning press of fiction and nonfiction. He’s the author of theWriters’ e-Handbook, a guide to starting a writing career, and curates the Roar Reading Series. For eighteen years he taught at Columbia College Chicago, where he directed the Publishing Lab, a resource for emerging writers, and the Review Lab, an online forum for reviewing and writing. With Janet Burroway, he co-wrote and produced the instructional DVD, So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process, and Submit! The Unofficial Guide to Submitting Short Prose. His writing has appeared in literary journals and the Christian Science Monitor. He is the former editor of Sport Literate, a journal of creative nonfiction. Burrello lives (and drives a tractor) on Muddy Feet Flower Farm in northeast Connecticut.
Colleen Kinder has written essays and articles for the New Republic, Salon, National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, Gadling, the Atlantic.com, theWall Street Journal, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, the New York Times Magazine and Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been anthologized in the Best American Travel Writing 2013, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2013, 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers, and Readings for Writers. She is the author of Delaying the Real World and founder of Off Assignment. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and currently teaches essay and travel writing at Yale.
Sergio Troncoso is author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named as one of the Best Books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso also wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews. The Portland Book Review called the collection “Heart-wrenching.” He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by The Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly said of Troncoso’s first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “These stories are richly satisfying.” Troncoso was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, and in 2014 he was co-chair of the Literature panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. Steve Inskeep from NPR’s Morning Edition recently interviewed Troncoso for a series on the United States-Mexico border, and the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch in honor of Troncoso.

 Our faculty are accessible teachers as well as accomplished writers. Along with classroom and conference time, they will be available to writers in the dining hall during lunch and around the college throughout the day.

SESSION II FACULTY: (PDF)

 Biography

 MG Lord is the author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll and Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science, a family memoir of aerospace culture during the Cold War. She is a frequent contributor to the NY Times Book Review; her work has appeared in Discover, the New Yorker, Los Angeles, Travel + Leisure, ArtForum, and other publications. She has been awarded artistic residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation science-writing grant. She teaches writing at USC. Her most recent book, The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice, won the Los Angeles Press Club Award for the best book published on an entertainment subject in 2012. In 2013, she was a judge for the National Book Award in Nonfiction. 

Children and Young Adult

Terra Elan McVoy is the author of six young adult novels, and one for tween readers forthcoming in April 2015. She has a Master's in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and has professional experience working as manager of a children's bookstore, an editorial assistant at a major publishing house, and as a writing coach and instructor for both young people and adults. She is currently a part-time bookseller at Little Shop of Stories in the Atlanta, GA area, where she lives with her husband. To learn more visit www.terrelan.com.

Cross Genre 

Kirsten Bakis's novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Baily's Prize, has a band named after it, and may soon become a terrifying film. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's currently at work on various literary projects, has been a member of the resident faculty at the Yale Summer Conference since it began, and is an editor at the literary journal Origins.

The Digital Rebirth of Long Form

Mishka Shubaly was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Fiction by Columbia University. After receiving his expensive MFA, he promptly quit writing to play music in dive bars around the country. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists.

Mishka is the author of six bestselling Kindle Singles for Amazon. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. His latest album, “Coward’s Path” will be out in 2015 on In Music We Trust. His full-length memoir will be published in 2016 by PublicAffairs. He lives in Brooklyn.

Family Stories

Priscilla Gilman is a former professor of English literature at Yale and Vassar, a former literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and the author of the acclaimed memoir The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy (Harper, 2011, Harper Perennial 2012). The Anti-Romantic Child was excerpted in Newsweek and featured on the cover of its international edition. It was an NPR Morning Edition Must-Read, Slate’s Book of the Week, selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 by both The Leonard Lopate Show and the Chicago Tribune, and one of five nominees for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book. Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree, called The Anti-Romantic Child “rapturously beautiful and deeply moving, profound and marvelous.” Gilman received her B.A. summa cum laude and her Ph.D. in English and American literature from Yale. As a literary agent, she represented literary fiction authors including Ann Beattie, Roxana Robinson, and Lara Vapnyar, and memoirists including Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Sunny Schwartz, and Rachel Adams. She writes personal essays and reviews fiction and literary non-fiction for the Daily Beast, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times' Motherlode, the Chicago Tribune, MORE magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Boston Globe, and Huff Post Parents. Her New York Times op-ed, “Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown,” and her August 25th 2013 New York Times Book Review Back Page Essay, "Early Reader," both went viral. She teaches classes on literature and a private memoir workshop in New York City and is writing her second book.

Feature Writing

Aaron Thier is the author of The Ghost Apple, a novel, which was published in March 2014. His second novel, Mr. Eternity, will be published next year. His essays and reviews appear frequently in The Nation, and he is a columnist for Lucky Peach. He has also contributed criticism to The New Republic and whimsical essays to The Buenos Aires Review and Bookanista.com. He is a graduate of Yale University and of the MFA program at the University of Florida.

 Flash Fiction

Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil and named 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. We Take Me Apart has been taught at Brown, Wesleyan, Queens College, CUNY, and other creative writing programs in the US. In 2015, Ampersand Books will release Desire: A Haunting, the long-awaited sequel to We Take Me Apart. A hybrid- and multi-genre writer, Molly is also the author of a flash fiction collection, "Lost July," published in the 3-author volume Frequencies (with Bob Hicok and Phillip B. Williams), and her chapbook "Wild Thing" includes poems and essays about recovery after brain injury. She is the creative director at The Lit Pub, and the recipient of a Vice Presidential fellowship at the University of Utah, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, an MA in fiction and BA in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and a vocational technical degree in creative writing from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the nation's only K-12 school of the arts.

Historical Fiction  

Louis Bayard’s critically acclaimed novels include Mr. Timothy, The Pale Blue Eye, The Black Tower, The School of Night and the recently released Roosevelt’s Beast (Henry Holt). A New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards and, in the words of the Washington Post, has ascended to “the upper reaches of the historical thriller league.” He is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in the Times, the Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Bookforum.

Humor

Colin McEnroe hosts the daily WNPR show, The Colin McEnroe Show. He is a weekly columnist and blogger for the Hartford Courant and a contributing editor at Men's Health and a contributor to Bicycling magazine. His own books include Swimming Chickens and Lose Weight Through Great Sex With Celebrities (the Elvis Way) -- both collections of his humor published by Doubleday -- and a memoir, My Father's Footprints, published by Warner. His work has appeared on the New York Times Op-Ed Page and in Mirabella, Best Life, Cosmopolitan, Forbes FYI, and Mademoiselle. It is not his fault that only one of those magazines still exists. Sometimes he still can’t believe it’s not butter.

Life Stories  

Lisa Page directs the creative writing program at George Washington University. Her nonfiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, theWashington Post Book World, Playboy, the Crisis, the Chicago Tribune and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Phoebe and Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women. She is former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Literary Translation

Mark Polizzotti is the author of eight books, including the collaborative novel S. (1991), Lautréamont Nomad (1994), Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995; revised ed., 2009), Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (British Film Institute, 2006), and Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Bloomsbury, 2006). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, The Nation, Parnassus, Partisan ReviewBookforum, and elsewhere. The translator of over forty books from the French, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Patrick Modiano, Marguerite Duras, André Breton, Raymond Roussel, and Jean Echenoz, he directs the publications program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

Literary Writing at the Intersection of the Arts, Medicine and Science   

Erika Goldman is publisher and editorial director of Bellevue Literary Press (BLP), a nonprofit mission-driven publisher that has been publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and the sciences since 2007. BLP’s books have received major literary prizes: The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and 2012 winner of the first annual Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the New York Times best seller Tinkers, by Paul Harding, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Memoir  

U.S. writer Jonathan Levi is the author of the 1992 novel A Guide for the Perplexed as well as many plays and opera libretti that have been performed in Italy, the Netherlands, Georgia, the U.K. and the United States. As a founding editor of Granta magazine, Levi edited memoirs of many authors including Graham Greene, James Fenton and John Updike. He has also written political and cultural journalism for The New York Times, The Nation, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications, and served as fiction reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review from 1997-2002. As a theatrical producer and founding director of the SummerScape Festival at Bard College, Levi worked with Elvis Costello, Carly Simon and many extraordinary European artists. He currently lives in Rome and is artistic advisor to the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and co-director of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism in Cartagena, Colombia.

Mystery and Crime Fiction

Ben H. Winters is the author of eight novels, including the Edgar Award winning The Last Policeman (Quirk Books), and its sequel Countdown City, which won the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science-fiction writing. His most recent novel, the third in the Last Policeman trilogy, is World of Trouble. His other work includes the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk); a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee; and Literally Disturbed (Price Stern Sloan), a book of scary poetry for children. Winters has also written extensively for the theater, and is a past fellow of the Dramatist Guild. He lives with his wife and three children in Indianapolis, where he teaches in the MFA program at Butler University.

Playwriting

Donald Margulies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose many works include The Country House, Time Stands Still (Tony nomination), Dinner With Friends (Pulitzer Prize), Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen (Obie Award, Pulitzer finalist), Collected Stories (Pulitzer finalist), The Loman Family Picnic, Coney Island Christmas, God of Vengeance, What’s Wrong With This Picture?, Found a Peanut, The Model Apartment (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (Outer Critics’ Circle Award nomination). Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He was recently honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater American Playwright in Mid-Career Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University. The film of his screenplay, The End of the Tour, will premiere in 2015.

 Poetry

David Gorin's poetry and criticism have appeared in A Public Space, The Believer, Boston Review, Best New Poets 2011, The Claudius App, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency, a 2005-2006 Dorot Fellowship, and a Teaching and Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, from which he holds an MFA in poetry. At present, he is a PhD student in English at Yale University, and curates the WAVEMACHINE reading series in New Haven, Connecticut. He is at work on a poetry manuscript and a dissertation entitled Lyric Poetry After Lyric Poetry, on American poetry after 1980, and writes a monthly column on poetry for the Boston Review online.

 

Richard Deming is a poet and a theorist whose work explores the intersections of poetry, philosophy, and visual culture. His collection of poems, Let’s Not Call It Consequence (Shearsman, 2008), received the 2009 Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is the author of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford UP, 2008), and he contributes to such magazines as Artforum, Sight & Sound, and The Boston Review. His poems have appeared in such places as Iowa Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, and The Nation. He teaches at Yale University where he is the Director of Creative Writing. Winner of the Berlin Prize, he was the Spring 2012 John P. Birkelund Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.

 Poetry for Prose Writers

Richard Jackson is the author of thirteen books of poems, most recently Retrievals (C&R Press, 2014), Out of Place (Ashland, 2014), Resonancia (Barcelona, 2014, translation of Resonance from Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland, 2003), and Heartwall (UMass, Juniper Prize 2000), as well as four chapbook adaptations from Pavese and other Italian poets. He has translated a book of poems by Alexsander Persolja (Potvanje Sonca / Journey of the Sun) (Kulturno Drustvo Vilenica: Slovenia, 2007) as well as Last Voyage, a book of translations of the early-20th-century Italian poet, Giovanni Pascoli, (Red Hen, 2010). In addition, he has edited the selected poems of Slovene poet, Iztok Osijnik. His own poems have been translated into seventeen languages including Worlds Apart: Selected Poems in Slovene. He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry and Poetry Miscellany, a journal. He is the author of Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews with Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). He was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia for his work with the Slovene-based Peace and Sarajevo Committees of PEN International. He has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, and two Witter-Bynner fellowships, a Prairie Schooner Reader's Choice Award, and the Crazyhorse prize, and he is the winner of five Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in Best American Poems ‘97 as well as many other anthologies. Originator of Vermont College’s Slovenia Program, he was a Fulbright Exchange poet to former Yugoslavia and returns to Europe each year with groups of students. He has been teaching at the Iowa Summer Festival, The Prague Summer Workshops, Kritya (India) festival, Olomouce in the Czech republic, and regularly at UT-Chattanooga where he directs the Meacham Writers' Conference. He has taught at VCFA since 1987. He has won teaching awards at UT-Chattanooga and VCFA. In 2009 he won the AWP George Garret Award for teaching and writing.

 Revision and Submission 

Sergio Troncoso is author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named as one of the Best Books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso also wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews. The Portland Book Review called the collection “Heart-wrenching.” He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by The Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly said of Troncoso’s first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “These stories are richly satisfying.” Troncoso was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, and in 2014 he was co-chair of the Literature panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. Steve Inskeep from NPR’s Morning Edition recently interviewed Troncoso for a series on the United States-Mexico border, and the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch in honor of Troncoso.

   Science Fiction

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) made Entertainment Weekly’s top ten best fiction books of 2014, among many other best-of lists. Annihilation was a finalist for the Goodreads Reader Choice Awards, longlisted for the Folio Prize, and one of 16 books from 2014 chosen for the Morning News Tournament of Books. The novels, which chronicle 30 years of attempts to explore and understand a mysterious pristine wilderness known as Area X, have been optioned by Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures, with Alex Garland attached to write and direct. The trilogy has also been translated into 20 languages. VanderMeer writes nonfiction for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic’s website, and The Guardian, among others. With his wife, the award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer, he has edited several iconic and award-winning anthologies, including The Weird, The New Weird, Steampunk, Leviathan 1—3, and The Time Traveler’s Almanac. He is also the author of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction and serves as co-director of the Shared Worlds teen writing camp, now in its eighth year. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and currently lives in Tallahassee. 
Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and weirdfictionreview.com. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with multiple nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she also has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, three Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies include The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and Sisters of the Revolution, a forthcoming anthology of feminist speculative fiction.

 Screenwriting

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University where he runs and teaches the entire screenwriting curriculum in the Film Studies Program. Marc has taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis workshops on both the graduate and undergraduate levels for The Writing Seminars Department at Johns Hopkins University. He has also lectured extensively on film and conducted screenwriting seminars at Columbia Graduate Film School, the University of Pennsylvania (where he originated the Screenwriting Program), as well as the Screenwriting Series at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been a consultant and expert analyst for movie producers and New Line and Paramount film studios. Marc produced the film, Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and then went on to win the Grand Jury Award at Worldfest, the Houston International Film Festival among other awards. Marc also co-produced the film MENTOR, starring Rutger Hauer, which was screened at THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL in 2006. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania (’83) and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop (’87). He has won several outstanding teaching awards.

 Travel and Food Writing

Corby Kummer is a senior editor at the Atlantic, where he has worked since 1981. A frequent commentator on television and radio, Kummer has also served since 1997 as restaurant critic for Boston magazine and writes for many other magazines. His books include The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food.

 War Stories 

Phil Klay is the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which recently won the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' honoree, a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, and a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War.

 Writing for Television

Peter Mehlman. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Peter Mehlman was a writer for the Washington Post. He slid to television in 1982, writing for SportsBeat with Howard Cosell. From 1985-90, he returned to forming full sentences as a writer for numerous national publications including the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Elle, etc. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles where he bumped into Larry David, whom he'd met twice in New York. David, developing “a little show with Jerry Seinfeld,” invited Mehlman to submit a sample script. Having never written one, Mehlman sent a humor piece he had written for the Times Magazine and got an assignment, which became the first Seinfeld freelance episode, “The Apartment.” Over the run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as “Yada Yada” “spongeworthy,” “shrinkage” and “double-dipping.” In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created “It’s like, you know...” a lovingly harsh look at Los Angeles. In recent years, he has written screenplays and hoards of humor pieces for NPR, Esquire, The New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times while also appearing on-camera for TNT Sports and the Webby nominated “Pete Mehlman’s Narrow World of Sports." In 2014 his first novel was published, It Won’t Always Be This Great.

 

 

2015 Information Coming Soon

Independent Press Panel 

We’re happy to announce the following independent presses will be represented for a panel discussion followed by individual pitch sessions. Appearing will be:

  • Akashic
  • Elephant Rock Books
  • C&R Press
  • Rose Metal Books
  • Braddock Avenue Books
  • Sarabande
  • Bellevue Literary Press
  • Brooklyn Arts Press

Literary Journals

The following literary journals will appear for a panel discussion to be followed by individual meetings. Present will be:

  • Post Road
  • Tin House
  • The Masters’ Review
  • Redivider
  • Story
  • Harvard Review
  • New Haven Review
  • Agni

Magazines

In a departure for the typical writers’ conference. we are happy to welcome representatives from major circulation magazines for a panel discussion. They include:

  • GQ
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Rolling Stone
  • Harpers
  • Vanity Fair

Guest Speakers

In addition to panel discussions with literary journals and agents, we will be featuring a number of guest speakers. They will include:

  • Dan Kois , Book reviewer for Slate.com
  • Jonathan Levi, founding editor of GRANTA
  • John Fine of Amazon

Yale and New Haven:

Accommodation & Facilities

Writers and faculty alike will live in one of Yale’s  residential colleges. They will share breakfast and lunch in the dining hall. The food features organic and locally sourced selections and a wide variety of choices at each meal. Bedrooms are single occupancy but share a common living space and bathroom with writers of the same gender. Please bear in mind that even though it is a striking setting, it is a college dorm and not a hotel. Writers who prefer air conditioning and housekeeping services should consider staying in one of the local hotels that have offered our participants a discount.

While breakfast and lunch are included in tuition, dinner is on your own. We  encourage you to explore downtown New Haven and its dozens of excellent restaurants.

Our writers have access to the entire Yale campus. This includes one of the world’s largest gymnasiums as well as some of the country’s largest libraries. The Yale Art Gallery, including its recently renovated sculpture hall, was renowned architect Louis Khan’s first major commission; his last, the British Art Center, is directly across the street. 

 

Applications received by February 28 - Decisions made by March 16

Applications received by April 30 – Decisions made by May 18

Total conference  size is limited to one hundred and thirty.

In Session I, each workshop will be limited to ten writers. The master class is limited to twenty-five. Each section in Session II includes no more than twelve writers

Admissions are based solely on the writing sample. The writing sample needs to accompany your application for admission, and may be uploaded electronically. It should be about thirteen hundred words.  Please single space your writing using a 12 pt. font as a Word or PDF document. Each page must include your name.   

Once accepted, an applicant is not considered registered until payment has been received. We accept payment through credit card, check or PayPal.

Writers are assigned to workshops and master classes in the order in which they register. While we will make every effort to honor your faculty preference, we cannot guarantee it, because we can’t assign you to a workshop that has been filled. We will, however, announce the closing of a workshop immediately on our website to give you an opportunity to make another selection.

You can apply for either or both Sessions I and II.

Applicants must be 18 years old by the start of the program.

2015 Costs and Dates: 

June 6 - June 16

Session 1 (Living in residential college): $2725

Session 1 (Not living in residential college): $2145
 

June 6 - June 16 Novel and Memoir Intensives (for Alumni only)

Session 1 (Living in residential college): $3375

Session 1 (Not living in residential college): $2795
 

June 18 - June 21

Session 2 (Living in residential college): $1175

Session 2 (Not living in residential college): $925

 

June 18 - June 21 Novel Generator (for Alumni only)

Session 2 (Living in residential college): $4675 Plus Session I tuition in 2016 (TBD)

Session 2 (Not living in residential college): $4425 Plus Session I tuition in 2016 (TBD)

 

June 6 - June 21

Both Sessions (Living in residential college): $4035

Both Sessions (Not living in residential college): $3075


Only credit cards are accepted for the application fee. Upon acceptance the program fees can be paid via credit card or check. Check should be made payable to Yale University and mailed to Yale University, PO Box 208355, New Haven, CT 06510. If paying by credit card, you will be charged within a few days of registration.  Program fees are due in full within two weeks of acceptance or your space may be forfeited. We will refund 75% for cancellation requests received by April 15, 2015 and 50% for cancellation requests received by May 15, 2015.   We will be unable to honor refund requests after then.

The FAQs are divided into categories below for quick reference.

General Questions:

How does the Yale Writers’ Conference differ from other programs that have been around a lot longer?

I’ve never been to a writing program.  Is yours appropriate for beginners?

I’ve published.  Would your program be a waste of my time?

Will the program help me get published?

Is Session II just a shorter version of Session I?

What is the age of YWC participants?

Can I attend more than one workshop?

Can I attend more than one master class?

Can I apply to both fiction and non-fiction?

May I request to change the workshop(s) in which I am enrolled after admission?

Can writers living outside of the United States apply?

For those participating in both Session I and Session II – Do I need to re-register?

For those participating in both Session I and Session II – can I leave campus on the day in between?

Do you have a Facebook page?

Application Specific Questions:

How do I apply?

What should my submission be like? 

What do you look for in a writing sample?

When will I learn if I have been accepted to the program?

Does my writing sample have to be the same thing I intend to present in the workshop? 

I don’t have any work of the length requested for the writing sample. Can I submit several shorter pieces? 

Can I submit a writing sample outside the genre? For example, even if I am applying for fiction, can I submit an essay or poetry? 

I want to attend both Session I and Session II.  Do I have to apply to each separately?  Do I have to submit two writing samples?

Can I submit letters of recommendation?

What percentages of applicants are accepted? 

What does it mean if I am wait listed?

What is the best way to get rejected?

Payment Questions:

If I am accepted, what do I have to do to hold my place?

Which methods of payment do you accept?

Is it possible to obtain a payment plan?

Do you offer financial assistance?

Campus Living Questions:

The residential college is the backbone of undergraduate life at Yale.  Modeled conceptually and architecturally on Oxford and Cambridge, each contains a dining hall, student rooms, lounges, a gym, seminar rooms, a library, performance space, and facilities for hobbies.  We’ll have access to most, but not all, of the common areas; the college gym is usually closed during the summer.  The college is laid out by entryways—stairwells—rather than floors or halls.

May I arrive early or stay later in campus housing than the published program dates?

Can my spouse or partner stay with me in the residential college? 

If I live on campus, will I have a single room?

What are in the rooms?

Will I have a private bathroom?

Do I have to bring my own linens?

Are the rooms air conditioned?

Is there an elevator in the dorm?

How often will my room be cleaned?

What meals are provided in the program fees?

Can I bring a guest to breakfast or lunch? 

Can I bring a guest to events? 

Which Yale facilities are available to YWC participants?

May I bring my own computer?

What if I don’t have a computer to bring, and need access to a Yale computer?

Will there be printing options available on campus?

Can I park at the dorm?

Can I have liquor to my room?

Manuscript Questions:

A manuscript is required by May 15th.    This is the piece that you will be working on while you are at the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven.

What should my manuscript be like?

When is my manuscript due?

How do I submit the manuscript?

May I revise my workshop manuscript after it has been submitted?


 

How does the Yale Writers’ Conference differ from other programs that have been around a lot longer?

There are a lot of distinctions.  First, unlike many programs, our admissions are selective.  Our faculty and writers alike have been impressed by the quality of the writing they see in the workshops.  But despite—or maybe because of—competitive admissions, the program’s environment is open and friendly.  We don’t distinguish the published from the unpublished.  Our alumni have formed strong relationships and have gone on to set up their own online workshops so they can continue to work together.  And finally, our writers get a lot of face time with faculty, both resident and visiting. 

I’ve never been to a writing program.  Is yours appropriate for beginners?

Admissions are based exclusively on the strength of the writing sample.  If you’re accepted, the program is right for you.

I’ve published.  Would your program be a waste of my time?

No.  We’ve had quite a few MFA’s and authors of book-length work attend.

Will the program help me get published?

As we always say, we all write to be read.  We have panel discussions with literary journals, independent presses, agents, and big-lit editors.  These talks are followed by pitch sessions in which our students present their work.  While we can’t guarantee a result we can guarantee the opportunity.

Is Session II just a shorter version of Session I?

No.  Session I and Session II are entirely different.  Session II workshops focus on specific fields, like poetry or playwriting, or distinct genres, such as historical fiction or memoir.  In Session II the workshops meet every day, rather than every other.  There are no visiting faculty or master classes in Session II.  In other words Session II is intended to focus on issues particular to discrete genres.

What is the age of YWC participants?

Writers are over the age of 18. Unfortunately, we are not able to make an exception for minors but encourage those under the age of 18 to apply in a future year. Writers of all ages attend.  We have had participants from 18 years to 90 years attend.

Can I attend more than one workshop? 

No. You’ll work with the same faculty and colleagues throughout the program.  That’s equally true in both Sessions.

Can I attend more than one master class?

No. Master classes are limited in size.  You may only attend the Master Class to which you have been admitted.  However everyone can attend the Craft Talk in the afternoon offered by the Master Class Instructor.

Can I apply to both fiction and non-fiction?

Yes, you may apply, but you can only attend one.  You will also have to supply two writing samples. Please combine all pages into one document for uploading with your application.

May I request to change the workshop(s) in which I am enrolled after admission?

Upon approval of the Director, and only if there is space available.  

Can writers living outside of the United States apply?

 Yes. They can attend the program on a B-2 visa.

For those participating in both Session I and Session II – Do I need to re-register?

No, you do not need to register twice.

For those participating in both Session I and Session II – can I leave campus on the day in between?

Yes.

Do you have a Facebook page?

Yes, please go to our Facebook page and send us a request to join the page. Membership is limited to admitted YWC writers.

How do I apply?

Please visit our website and click on the application link.

What should my submission be like? 

A writing sample is required to complete your application. The sample should be about 1,300 words and submitted in Word or as a PDF document. Each page should include your name.  Please use font size 12. If your writing sample is more than 1,300 words only the first portion will be reviewed for admission.

 Please be sure that your writing sample is specific to the genre of the workshop to which you are applying.

What do you look for in a writing sample?

A voice and words in the right place.  The former means that we can hear the writer talking; the latter, prose that’s neither over mannered or awkward.  And that doesn’t necessarily mean that we like the piece—just that it’s well written.

When will I learn if I have been accepted to the program?

Applications received by February 28 will have decisions made by March 16.  Applications received by April 30 will have decisions made by May 18.

Does my writing sample have to be the same thing I intend to present in the workshop? 

No. We are just interested in getting a sense of your writing. You are free to submit something else if you are accepted.

I don’t have any work of the length requested for the writing sample. Can I submit several shorter pieces? 

Yes, but remember, whatever you submit has to be appropriate for that workshop. Please combine all pages into one document for uploading with your application.

Can I submit a writing sample outside the genre? For example, even if I am applying for fiction, can I submit an essay or poetry? 

No. Please submit a writing sample appropriate to the genre of your workshop choice.

I want to attend both Session I and Session II.  Do I have to apply to each separately?  Do I have to submit two writing samples?  

No.  Just make sure you’ve indicated on the application that you want to attend both Sessions.  Submit an appropriate sample for Session I. If you’re admitted to Session I, you’ll also be accepted for Session  II.

Can I submit letters of recommendation?

No. Your application is evaluated exclusively on the strength of your writing.

What percentages of applicants are accepted? 

That varies according to session and section. In general, we accept about 50% of our applicant

What does it mean if I am wait listed?

Applications are evaluated in two rounds. If someone is waitlisted in the earlier round, it may mean that we simply want to hold his or her application until we have a better idea of what the second round applicant pool is like. We also need to see how many of those accepted in the first round actually enroll.

What is the best way to get rejected? 

Obviously, this is not a question frequently asked, but it should be.  The answer is sloppiness. The Director will stop reading at the first spelling error, and if you submit an application that doesn’t follow the guidelines, you have raised a red flag.

If I am accepted, what do I have to do to hold my place?

Remit payment by the deadline. Writers are enrolled in order of payment. For that reason, if you delay payment your first choice workshop can fill up, and you’ll get your second choice. The same is true with master classes. We do, however, post workshop and master class closures as they occur.

Which methods of payment do you accept?

We can accept a check or Visa/MasterCard.

Is it possible to obtain a payment plan?

No.

Do you offer financial assistance?

No.

May I arrive early or stay later in campus housing than the published program dates?

Yes, you may arrive one day early or stay one extra night, at a cost of $61/night.  Please fill this in on your application or let the YWC office staff know prior to your arrival.

Can my spouse or partner stay with me in the residential college? 

No. If you do want to travel with a companion, we suggest that you stay in a hotel.

If I live on campus, will I have a single room?

Yes but you will share a common space with other writers. 

What are in the rooms?

The rooms at Yale are simply furnished and include an extra-long twin bed and mattress, desk, chair, bureau, recycle bin and waste basket.  Clothes hangers are not provided.  And remember to bring your own toiletries.  The Yale bookstore does sell these items if you wish to purchase them upon your arrival. 

Will I have a private bathroom?

No, the bathrooms, which are located in the hallways/entryways, are shared among those staying on that floor.

 Do I have to bring my own linens?

All campus housing guests will be issued linen packs, which includes a fitted sheet, bed sheet, one pillowcase, and three towels.  

Are the rooms air conditioned?

No, Yale rooms are not centrally air-conditioned and portable air conditioners are not permitted.  You can feel free to bring a fan with you if you feel that you will need one or you can purchase one at the Yale Bookstore.  

Is there an elevator in the dorm?

There is no elevator in the dorm.

How often will my room be cleaned?

No one will be allowed to enter your room without your permission.  This means that your room will not be cleaned during your stay.  Nor will garbage or recycle items be collected from the rooms.  You are responsible for taking your own garbage and recycle items to the main collection bins located in the basement. 

What meals are provided in the program fees?

Breakfast and lunch are provided in the college dining hall for all participants including those living on their own.  Each meal comprises several different options, many locally sourced and organic.  Here’s a link to give you an idea.  

 http://www.yaledining.org/menu.cfm?mDH=4.   

Dinner is on your own but you won’t lack for options.  New Haven has the best and broadest restaurant scene in the state by a wide margin, all within an easy walk of the dorm and classrooms.

Can I bring a guest to breakfast or lunch? 

Yes. Be aware that they will have to pay for the meal at the guest rates.

Can I bring a guest to events? 

You can bring a guest to public events off campus, such as faculty readings. Guests are not allowed to attend events and sessions on campus.

Which Yale facilities are available to YWC participants?

Use of Sterling Memorial Library and Payne Whitney Gymnasium are included in your YWC costs. There are many other university resources available to you as well during your stay, some free and some at a small additional cost (art galleries, museums, musical performances etc.).

May I bring my own computer?

Yes, you may use the Yale guest network for internet access while you are on campus.  You sign on as Yale Guest.

What if I don’t have a computer to bring, and need access to a Yale computer?

You may use one of Yale’s computing clusters but you will need to request a Guest Access ID at least 2 weeks prior to arrival for the program.  There is a slight charge for this service.

Will there be printing options available on campus?

No, however there are two printing companies located close to campus.  Tyco Printing located at 262 Elm Street or Docuprint located at 27 Whitney Avenue.

Can I park at the dorm?

No, there are no parking lots for the dorm.  We do offer a parking option in the Pierson-Sage Garage.  This garage is gated and patrolled.  It is located on the corner of Whitney and Edwards Street at 340 Edwards Street.  This is approximately 1 mile from the dorm and classrooms.  There is a charge for parking.  A free shuttle runs to and from the garage every 20 minutes.  To sign up for parking, you will be sent instructions closer to your arrival date.  You pay for parking separately from the program fees.   Or you can find your own park in a private lot in New Haven at your own expense.

Can I have liquor to my room?

In the summer the residential colleges are dry.  Nothing in the dining hall, nothing in the rooms.  If you’re caught, you’re thrown out.  No exceptions. 

What should my manuscript be like?

You can use the piece you submitted with your application if you wish.  Manuscripts should be between 5000-5500 words in length for Session I and no more than 4000 words in length for Session II.  Please make sure you add your name and title to your piece.  It should be single spaced, and can be in either a Word or PDF format.   You may submit multiple pieces in the same attachment so long as they don't exceed that total.  

When is my manuscript due?

May 15th.

How do I submit the manuscript?

Your workshop instructor will get in touch with you about how they would like you to submit your manuscript.

May I revise my workshop manuscript after it has been submitted?

No, we do not accept revisions.