Like our in-depth workshop, the enrollment process is multi-layered. As an intro, read our application excerpts. These include practical questions about your novel—in themselves, a helpful, thought-provoking tool. Review fees, then contact us to request an application.
Who Should Apply to This Workshop?
Our seminar is designed for intermediate to published applicants about whom the following statements are true:
If the above prerequisites describe you and your manuscript, read our timeline below. (Teens’ due dates are on the TeenSpeak pages.) If possible, submit before these deadlines. When all else is equal, the earliest applications receive priority for desired critiques. Also, an early deposit holds your place. We may accept materials past the dates shown here; contact us for details. You need not have a completed novel or be a published author to enroll.
Step 1: Submit Application
April 30 Deadline to submit your application and 50 percent deposit for Early Bird discount. Group A (and Group B-Plus) applicants submit up to 30 manuscript pages. Group B applicants submit up to 14 pages, plus synopsis. Include your synopsis and one- or two-sentence plot summary per guidelines. Contact us to request your e-application.
June 4 Deadline to submit manuscripts for priority consideration, especially those applying for Group A. (Sample pages are selected by faculty for whole-novel critiques).
Step 2: Receive Notification of Status
June 16 We’ll invite you to enroll in either Group A or Group B (or B-Plus), mostly based on faculty choices. If a manuscript submitted for Group A is not selected for Group A, it will automatically be considered for Group B or B-Plus, unless the writer has indicated otherwise.
If you requested Group A and your manuscript isn’t a match, our panel will offer several sentences to indicate why—and/or a suggestion to strengthen the submission. No further manuscript feedback will be offered at this time.
Step 3: Submit Registration Fee and Most Manuscripts
June 20 Deadline to email your manuscript for faculty (limited exceptions). Any balance on your registration fee must be postmarked on this date—or whenever you enroll beyond this date. In exceptional cases, split payments may be allowed, incurring a processing fee.
We may accept later applications and manuscript submissions into August, if space permits. Staggered due dates through August may be available for some Group A manuscripts. It may be possible to submit Group B manuscripts in August, but late fees will apply. Inquire!
Step 4: Pre-Workshop Prep
Early July Begin pre-workshop Home Study: our web pages and optional course manual with dozens of articles about craft and submissions; plus, enrollees’ manuscripts to choose for critiquing (along with an annotated peer roster).
Step 5: The Workshop and Beyond
In September, enjoy our beachfront seminar. Then enjoy occasional alumni newsletters and online dialogues throughout the year.