Wesleyan Writers Conference

If you are interested in registering after May 27th, please complete the online form.
Also contact either Anne or Sharon directly to discuss details.

Application Deadline for Scholarships and Fellowships - MARCH 20, 2015.

Scholarships are awarded competitively, and applicants are judged on the basis of promise shown in their work. Entries should consist of a work in one genre: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Several scholarships provide full tuition, room, and board, but most offer smaller awards, covering a part of the Conference tuition.

Several teaching fellowships are available and are awarded to outstanding applicants who have completed book-length manuscripts.

Please note:

  • If your attendance at the conference is contingent on your receiving financial assistance, you do not need to send the $100 deposit with your fellowship or scholarship materials.  
  • If you choose to submit the $100 deposit it will:
    •  hold your place at the conference
    •  guarantee you a manuscript consultation
    •  be applied to any balance not covered by your scholarship or fellowship.

Instructions on how to apply for

a Scholarship or Fellowship 

Please submit the following documents:

    1. the registration form
    2. a representative sample of your work in one genre
    3. a letter of application explaining your experience and interests 
    4. your resume

Submit application by mail:

Fellowship and Scholarship Committee
Wesleyan Writers Conference
Wesleyan University
294 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459.                (Applicants for Jon Davidoff Scholarships, please mark that on your envelope)


Submit application by email:

  • To: agreene@wesleyan.edu
  • Subject line: (use one of the following) "Conference Scholarship" or "Conference Fellowship" or "Conference Scholarship or Fellowship"
  • Attach: application documents (listed 1-4 above) in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
  • Message: please include 
    • your contact information
    • genre of your manuscript (short story, novel, poetry, nonfiction)

Scholarships offered:

Wesleyan Scholarships: Open to all applicants, these grants are supported by the Conference and by gifts from donors.

Joan Jakobson Scholarships: For fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers of unusual promise. Supported by a grant from Joan and John Jakobson.

Adelphic Scholarships: Preference to students in college or graduate school. Supported by the Adelphic Educational Fund and the Adelphic Literary Society.

Jon Davidoff Scholarships: Several full and partial scholarships for journalists are offered in memory of Jon Davidoff, a young reporter for the Middletown Press, through a fund endowed by the Davidoff family.

John W. Paton Scholarships: Offered in honor of Jack Paton, former director of the Conference, by his many friends and colleagues.

Women's Club Scholarship: Offered by the General Federation of the Women's Clubs of Connecticut to a woman for whom writing is a major interest.

The Jeanne B. Krochalis Award: Established in memory of Jeanne B. Krochalis, a Conference founder and chair of the Advisory Board, by her family and many friends. This scholarship will support a writer of talent and promise, someone who shares Jeanne's belief in the importance of the literary work.

Fellowships offered:

Teaching fellowships are awarded in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Applicants are generally expected to have completed a book-length manuscript. The Fellows work informally with Conference participants, organizing readings and offering editorial advice. Each fellowship covers tuition, room, and board, and includes an honorarium of $700.

Barach Fellowship: The fellowship in nonfiction is endowed in memory of Arnold Barach, distinguished Wesleyan alumnus, Washington correspondent, and editor of Changing Times magazine.