Writing Fellowship Programme

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

Are you an aspiring writer interested in taking a summer workshop? Hone your skills and expand your writing portfolio at an internationally acclaimed writing programme overseas. Be inspired by eminent instructors and exchange ideas with fellow writers, who will help you see your work through a different lens.

Terms and Conditions

Programme Support. Five students per year receive program support of up to SGD $5000 each to attend one of the writing programmes listed below. Selected students will be expected to cover visa, airfare and personal expenses on their own. Limited need-based funding for airfare is available.

Receiving Writing Fellowship Programme funding is contingent upon being accepted into one of the writing programmes below, which must end by the official end of summer vacation, as stated in the Yale-NUS Academic Calendar.

Eligibility. Full-time students of Yale-NUS College in their first, second or third year of study are eligible to apply. 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.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2018

Application Instructions. Submit your application through Symplicity, including the following materials:
– Your CV/resume (required by default in the system)
– The Writing Fellowship Application Form (coming soon)
– A writing portfolio of up to 10 pages of prose or 5 poems, or a mix of both (up to 10 pages total). Submit it using the standard portfolio template HERE, converted into a PDF file. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Writers’ Centre well in advance and seek feedback on their portfolio pieces.

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 freshmen)
– Reasons to pursue the chosen writing programme(s)
– Potential for growth
– Previous application to the Writing Fellowship Programme and action taken since then.

Results Notification: Late February. Recipients will have one week after notification to confirm their spot.

After Confirmation: Confirmed Writing Fellows will be required to consult with a staff member at the Writers’ Centre to identify the most suitable writing programme for their experience level and goals.

Post-Programme: 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

Writing Fellowship Programme support can be used towards attendance costs for one of the writing programmes below (housing, tuition, local transport and meals). The support will usually cover most or all of these costs; students interested in costlier programmes should seek additional sources of funding.

Some of the programmes below are selective and require a programme-specific application; others are registration-based. It is the student’s responsibility to manage their application to the external writing programme, meet all the deadlines and notify CIPE and the Writers’ Centre about his/her application status. In some cases, students 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.

1. 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

2. Fine Arts Work Center – Provincetown, MA
http://web.fawc.org/summer-program-overview
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 Sewanee Writers Conference – Sewanee, TN
http://sewaneewriters.org/
Suitable for: Experienced writers

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

6. 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

7. VONA (Voices of Our Nation) – Writing Workshops for Writers of Color
http://www.voicesatvona.org/
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

8. Writing Workshops in Greece – Thasos and Thessaloniki, Greece
http://www.writingworkshopsingreece.com/index.html
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.
Application Deadline: 15 February (priority deadline). Subsequent applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Suitable for: Beginner and experienced writers

9. 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.

 

For further information or questions, please contact Zhana Sandeva, Programme Manager at CIPE, at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.

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

Contact with questions about applying to graduate school, the Summer Research Programme, the Writing Fellowship Programme and the Student Associate Programme.