There are two ways to participate in the conference:

1. You may register for the Fiction WORKSHOP (Matthew Klam), the Poetry WORKSHOP (Ada Limón), or the Creative Nonfiction WORKSHOP (Kiese Laymon), which also gives you access to all classes, panels, readings and receptions. The cost for this option is $645.00. For the workshops, you will need to submit a writing sample for admission, as well as a manuscript to distribute for a group discussion (you may submit one manuscript for both purposes if you wish).

2. You may take CLASSES ONLY. For this, you needn’t submit work for admission and won’t be required to share your work with others (though there are plenty of opportunities to read aloud and share your work if you wish). CLASSES ONLY gives you access to the afternoon classes, as well as conference panels, readings, and receptions. The cost for this option is $385.00. If you are an Indiana University undergraduate, the cost is $125.00 for this option (please contact us for a special registration code).

We encourage early registration for workshop participants. Places are only guaranteed for participants who have paid in full.

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

A $30.00 nonrefundable registration fee is required; we cannot process your application without it. We will apply this fee toward your final bill.

We suggest paying in full upfront in order to secure your spot. We are only able to hold seats based on the registration fee for those who are selected for scholarships. The rest of the seats will be awarded based on the receipt of full payment.

The cost for the Fiction and Poetry WORKSHOPS is $645.00 (which includes all classes).

For CLASSES ONLY, the cost is $385.00. The cost for IU undergraduates is $125.00.


Please note: If you are applying for a scholarship, you may pay just the registration fee of $30.00. 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 still register and pay the remaining balance. We are, however, only able to guarantee enrollment in the workshops to those selected for scholarships and applicants who have paid in full.

You do not need to submit a manuscript if you are applying for CLASSES ONLY.


Manuscript Requirements

Workshop Manuscript Deadline: MAY 12th
Send to:

If you have registered for the Poetry Workshop, you will need to submit a manuscript between 8 and 10 pages. 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.

Please send your finished manuscript to us at: Once we have all manuscripts, we will email them to you directly.

All manuscripts must:

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



We have limited, merit-based scholarship funding. You may apply for a scholarship whether you are taking CLASSES ONLY 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.