Registration is NOW OPEN

There are two ways to participate in the conference:

Do you have a manuscript? A story, essay, or handful of poems?  Would you like feedback? Workshops are led by experienced teachers who will help you take your work to the next level.

The cost is $670.00, which also includes all classes, panels, readings and receptions.

Are you interested in generating new work? Exploring a new genre?

The cost to take CLASSES is $385.00. You don’t have to submit your writing, and won’t be required to share your work with others. This option gives you access to the classes, panels, readings, and receptions.

If you are an Indiana University undergraduate, the cost is $125.00 (this price includes the registration fee). Please contact us for a special registration code.

Please read the following instructions before clicking on the “REGISTER” link below. You will also find detailed instruction as you work through the online registration form.


How to Register

Please read the following instructions before clicking on the “REGISTER” link below.

You will also find detailed instruction as you work through the online registration form. You will create a username and password to set up a temporary account for registration. We urge you to keep this information in a safe place, since you will need to sign back in for multiple purposes. A $20.00 non refundable registration fee is required; we cannot process your application without it. We will apply this fee toward your final bill.

Participants must pay in full to secure their place in a workshop unless applying for a scholarship.

Please note: If you are applying for a scholarship, you must pay the registration fee of $20.00 and begin the registration process. If you are selected for a full or partial scholarship, we will give you detailed instructions about how to proceed at that time. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you may pay the remaining balance. We are only able to guarantee enrollment in the workshops to those selected for scholarships and applicants who have paid in full.


Manuscript Requirements

Workshop Manuscript Deadline: MAY 12th
Send to:

After your registration and full payment of all conference fees, please send your finished manuscript to us at: Please use the subject header “‘Your Last Name’ ‘Genre’ Manuscript” when sending to us.

  • If you have registered for the Fiction Workshop or Creative Nonfiction Workshop, you will need to submit a prose manuscript (i.e. short story, multiple flash pieces, novel excerpt, essay, etc.) between 15 and 20 double-spaced pages.
  • If you have registered for the Poetry Workshop, you will need to submit a manuscript between 8 and 10 pages.
  • Participants attending classes need not submit a manuscript.

All manuscripts must:

  • Have a header on each page of the submission, including the manuscript title and page number.
  • Double-space the document.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Once we have the manuscripts, we will distribute them to all workshop participants via email.


We have limited, merit-based scholarship funding. You may apply for a scholarship whether you are taking CLASSES or participating in a WORKSHOP. To apply, please see the Scholarships page for eligibility requirements and submit the scholarship application along with your manuscript or essay.


Academic Credit for Conference Participation

Currently enrolled students may earn two undergraduate or graduate academic credits for participating in the workshop. Students must attend the morning workshops as well as submit a revised workshop manuscript by the end of August. This option is available for students enrolled at any university.

Please be aware that the cost for IU credit is in addition to all conference fees. The Indiana University Office of the Bursar will directly bill credit-seeking attendees. Additionally, if you are seeking credit, you do not register through the Indiana University Registrar before the conference begins. We will submit a roster when we have a complete list of participants. The conference credit (W410 or W610) will count toward a second summer session course. Contact IU Bursar for the cost of two academic credits.

When registering for the conference, please be sure to indicate that you mean to take the course for academic credit.