Writing Fellowship Programme

Hone your skills and expand your writing portfolio at an internationally acclaimed writing programme overseas.

General Terms and Conditions

Are you an aspiring creative writer or journalist? The Writing Fellowship Programme gives you the opportunity to hone your skills and expand your writing portfolio at an internationally acclaimed writing programme overseas; to be inspired by eminent instructors and exchange ideas with fellow writers, who will help you see your work through a different lens.

Number of spots: Up to 7. Up to 2 of those spots are specifically for students interested in journalism.

Eligibility. Full-time students of Yale-NUS College in their first, second or third year of study are eligible to apply. DDP Law students in their fourth year are also eligible. Past participants in the Writing Fellowship Programme are not eligible.
All applicants, except for current first-year students, are required to have taken at least one writing course at Yale-NUS College, or to be currently enrolled in one.

Funding. Up to SGD $5000 to attend one of the writing programmes listed below. Proof of registration or acceptance into a writing programme is required for release of the funds. Programme support can offset the cost of tuition, housing, local transport and meals. It is the student’s responsibility to research their chosen programme’s cost and to seek additional funding externally if CIPE support would not be sufficient.

Students are expected to cover writing programme application fees, visa, airfare and personal expenses on their own. Limited need-based funding for airfare is available and students may apply for it after they’ve been selected.

Timeline
Early January: Applications open on Symplicity
1 February: Application deadline
Mid- to late February: Results notification
One week after notification: Selected students must accept or decline the Writing Fellowship Programme offer. Release of waitlist.
Early March: Deadline for previously waitlisted students who received a programme offer to accept or decline it.
15 March: Deadline for all confirmed participants to confirm their writing programme of choice and sign their Letters of Award to receive the Writing Fellowship Programme funding.
March-May: Students make travel, visa and housing arrangements and register for their chosen programmes.
May-July: Writing programmes take place

How to Apply. Students should apply through Symplicity to the posting “Yale-NUS College Writing Fellowship Programme”. Required materials include:

  • Tailored CV or resume (see samples here and here)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Writing Fellowship Programme application form
  • Writing portfolio of up to 10 pages of prose or 5 poems. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Writers’ Centre well in advance and seek feedback on their portfolio pieces. For more detailed application instructions, visit the Symplicity posting.

Selection Criteria. CIPE and the Writers’ Centre will consider the following when evaluating applications:
– Writing sample quality
– At least one writing course taken at Yale-NUS (required for all applicants except for current first-year students)
– Reasons to pursue the chosen writing programme(s)
– Potential for growth
– Previous application to the Writing Fellowship Programme and action taken since then.

Deliverables. Writing Fellows who successfully complete their chosen writing programmes will be expected to lead workshops for their peers upon returning to Yale-NUS, similar to the ones that they attended. These peer-to-peer workshops are normally organized through the Literary Collective student organization and can be co-facilitated with Writers’ Centre staff.

Writing Programme Options

A Writing Fellowship Programme award recipient may attend one of the pre-approved programmes below. Some are selective and require a specific application; others are registration-based. It is the student’s responsibility to manage their application/registration to the external writing programme, meet all the deadlines and notify CIPE and the Writers’ Centre about their application status. In some cases, the student may need to apply to a writing programme before they know their Writing Fellowship Programme application outcome.
The Writing Fellowship Programme will only support writing programmes and workshops that end by the official end of summer vacation, as stated in the Yale-NUS Academic Calendar.

Writing Programme Options: Creative Writing

1. Fine Arts Work Center – Provincetown, MA
http://fawc.org/web/workshops
Terms: A Writing Fellowship Programme awardee planning to attend this programme is expected to enrol into two consecutive weeklong workshops.
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers

2. The Iowa Summer Writing Festival – Iowa City, IA
http://www.iowasummerwritingfestival.org/
Registration Deadline: First-come, first-serve
Terms: A Writing Fellowship Programme awardee planning to attend this programme is expected to enrol into two consecutive weeklong workshops.
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers

3. Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest – Denver, CO
https://lighthousewriters.org/
Terms: A Writing Fellowship Programme awardee planning to attend this programme is expected to enrol into two weeklong juried workshops during the Lit Fest programme.
Suitable for: Experienced writers

4. The New School Summer Writers Colony – New York, NY
http://www.newschool.edu/summerwriters/program-details/
Terms: A Writing Fellowship Programme awardee planning to attend this programme is expected to register for one 3-week writing workshop (Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry).
Suitable for: Experienced writers
Note on cost: This programme can be audited or taken for academic credit. The latter option significantly increases the cost. Students who plan to attend for credit should seek alternative funding options beyond the Writing Fellowship Programme.

5. The Sewanee Writers Conference – Sewanee, TN
http://sewaneewriters.org/
Suitable for: Experienced writers

6. The Summer Creative Writing Institute – Paris, France
https://www.aup.edu/academics/summer/three-week-summer-session/literature-creative-writing
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers; writers with an interest in Paris and French culture.

7. The University of Iowa Irish Writing Programme – Dublin, Ireland
https://study-abroad.international.uiowa.edu/programs/details/index.php?crse=838
Suitable for: Writers with a strong interest in Irish culture and literature

8. VONA (Voices of Our Nation) – Writing Workshops for Writers of Color
https://vonacommunity.org/vona-workshop/
Terms: A Writing Fellowship Programme awardee planning to attend this programme is expected to enrol into two consecutive weeklong workshops. The programme is open to writers from all countries.
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers

9. Writing Workshops in Greece – Thasos and Thessaloniki, Greece
http://www.writingworkshopsingreece.com
Terms: Students may register for 2 weeks or for a month. Those who opt for the month-long session should seek additional sources of funding to cover all associated expenses.
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers

10. Yale Writers’ Workshop – New Haven, CT
https://summer.yale.edu/academics/yale-writers-workshop
Terms: Students must attend both Session I and Session II.
Suitable for: Experienced writers. Admission is solely based on the quality of the writing sample.

Writing Programme Options: Journalism

1. City University of New York Summer Intensives
https://www.journalism.cuny.edu/professional-ed/summer-intensives/
Suitable for: Experienced journalists

2. Summer Journalism at NYU
https://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/summer/courses/#courses-undergraduate-journalism
Suitable for: Journalists interested in specific topics
Note on cost: This programme awards academic credit and its cost is significantly higher than that of other writing programmes. Students who plan to attend this programme should seek alternative funding options beyond the Writing Fellowship Programme.

3. Columbia Summer Sessions
https://summer.sps.columbia.edu/courses/summer-courses/journalism-and-media-studies
Suitable for: Journalists looking to hone specific technical skills
Note on cost: This programme awards academic credit and its cost is significantly higher than that of other writing programmes. Students who plan to attend this programme should seek alternative funding options beyond the Writing Fellowship Programme.

Have Questions?
Zhana Sandeva
Senior Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about applying to graduate school, summer research, writing fellowship and the student associate programme.

Update: 20 November 2018