Skip to Content

Writing Workshops

How to Get In: Applying to Fellowships, Residencies, Conferences, and Creative Writing Programs with Jonathan Escoffery (Sold Out)


3 Sessions

Out of stock

Friday - Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT June 25 to June 27, 2021

Online via Zoom

This workshops has reached its capacity. Please click here to join the waitlist.

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every personal statement and statement of purpose should include, as well as holistic, big-picture considerations for making your application as strong as can be. A necessary and practical workshop for writers looking to apply for fellowships, residencies, MFA programs, and grants. You will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your applications are taken seriously.

  • Day 1: Lecture on the types of residencies, conferences, creative writing programs, and fellowships exist, how to find them, what takes place at each, and strategies for making oneself an attractive applicant.
  • Day 2: Lecture on what elements must be included in a statement of purpose, depending upon the type of application. Guide and sample statements provided and discussed in class.
  • Day 3: In-class mini workshop of students’ one-page statements, plus tips for common writing sample errors.
  • Optional: Students will have the option to have a 2-page statement critiqued by the instructor, to be submitted within a week of the end of the bootcamp.

All Levels
Capacity: 20

This workshop will take place online via Zoom.


Led by

  • IMG-5019 - Jonathan Escoffery

    Jonathan Escoffery

    Jonathan Escoffery

    Jonathan Escoffery is the winner of the 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellowship. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, ZYZZYVA, Pleiades, AGNI, The Best American Magazine Writing 2020, and elsewhere. Jonathan is the author of the linked story collection, If I Survive You, forthcoming from MCD/ FSG in the fall of 2022. Jonathan is a 2021-2023 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program as a Provost Fellow.