Announcing the First Yale Writers’ Conference

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Tom Perrotta leads a 10-day course for committed writers.

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Students at the Yale Writers' Conference will have full access to Yale's campus.

Attendees can look forward to face-to-face interaction with well-known authors in what is essentially a ten-day writers' colony.

Yale will host the first annual Yale Writers’ Conference, an intensive for committed writers of all ages and all levels of experience, from June 12-22nd.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with a distinguished roster of writers and teachers. The faculty includes fiction writers Julia Glass, Tom Perrotta, Richard Selzer, and Kate Walbert, and creative nonfiction writer M. G. Lord. Conference participants can specialize in Fiction, Nonfiction, or Screenwriting.

“Attendees can look forward to face-to-face interaction with well-known authors in what is essentially a ten-day writers' colony,” said Terence Hawkins, Program Director. “We've been lucky enough to attract faculty who are not only critically acclaimed and widely read, but who are also excellent teachers.”

Limited Enrollment Assures Personal Attention

The Yale Writers’ Conference features workshops, capped at 12 participants each, which will enable students to discuss their writing with one another and with their workshop leader. Additionally, each student will have a one-on-one manuscript conference with a faculty member, to help refine their work and prepare it for publication.

Throughout the conference, visiting faculty will host master classes related to their area of expertise.

The conference will also help aspiring writers prepare for the world of publishing. Panels with agents, editors, and publishers provide a crash course in the business of writing and the secrets to getting published.

About the Program and Application

During the ten-day intensive, students will live in one of Yale's residential colleges, where they will share breakfast and lunch with the faculty. They will have full access to the campus, including museums, libraries, and the gym.

To apply, visit and submit an application by April 15th. The application requires a five page writing sample and a $20 fee.

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