Financial Assistance

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 $525.
  • Partial fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $725.

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.

Applications for financial assistance for the 2019 program are due no later than April 15. 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.

Admission and financial aid decisions will be made at the same time, and notifications will be sent by Monday, May 13, at the latest. Accepted participants will have until May 31 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.