Financial Assistance

Update – May 1: Priority admissions are now closed, and the application period for financial assistance is over. Most workshops are at or near capacity, so please email or prior to applying to see if space is still available.

A limited number of grants are available to cover all or part of the conference participation fee, with awards made on the basis of merit and need.

Recipients of grants are automatically also offered community housing with local residents who’ve donated their spare rooms for the conference week. Grant recipients will owe a $50 fee to cover processing and placement costs upon acceptance.

We offer grants at the following levels:

  • Full fee grants: Recipients pay only the $25 reading fee and $50 community housing fee.
  • Half fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $475.
  • Partial fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $625.
  • Community grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $875.

These general grants are awarded at the discretion of the fiction and poetry staff; the number and amount of grants awarded varies from year to year according to the applicant pool and the funding we have available.

In addition, we offer specific grants annually as follows:

  • The Defilippis-Rosselli Grant, a full-fee grant awarded to a fiction applicant whose work demonstrates a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. You do not have to be a community college student to qualify.
  • The Chris McCarthy Grant, a full-fee grant awarded to a poetry applicant.
  • New in 2017, three half-fee local grants sponsored by Napa Valley Writers and Community Projects will be awarded to Napa County residents.

Finally, we offer full-fee grant opportunities in cooperation with the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan to students enrolled in their graduate writing programs, as well as to students of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). If you’re currently a student in one of those programs and are considering applying to the conference, please consult with your academic adviser.

How to Request Financial Assistance

Applications for financial assistance for the 2017 program are due no later than March 31. To apply, in addition to your biographical statement, please prepare the following information about your financial situation:

  • personal and, if married, household income
  • any academic stipends, fellowships, or teaching assistantships you currently receive
  • information on any financial responsibilities you may have, such as childcare or tuition
  • anticipated travel costs to the conference
  • any other factors (such as health) which affect your ability to pay the conference fee

Please indicate what level of support you require in order to attend the Conference, while keeping in mind that financial assistance funds are limited and both need and merit-based. Awards and amounts are made wholly at the discretion of the fiction and poetry staff.

Admission and financial aid decisions will be made at the same time, and notifications will be sent by May 1 at the latest. Accepted participants will have until May 20 to secure their spot and pay any fees due.

Those seeking financial assistance should also consider applying for a WC&C Scholarship from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.