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How to Apply

2015 Dates: July 5 - 11

Applying to the Workshop


All applications must be received prior to May 1. 

Experienced writers entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2015 are eligible to attend the 2015 Writers Workshop. Applicants must submit a portfolio consisting of 5-6 poems or 6-8 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction. Writers Workshop attendees are selected based on teacher or counselor recommendations and the quality of their portfolio submission.

Applications and portfolios can be submitted in one of the following two ways. No preference is given to either application method. (The application form can be printed from the workshop brochure.)

1) By email to gfincke@susqu.edu

2) By mail to:
Gary Fincke, Ph.D.
Writers Institute
Susquhanna University
610 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Your application should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Address (including city, state & zip)
  • Email and telephone number
  • Year in school (the year you will enter at the start of the 2015-2016 school year)
  • Gender
  • Workshop preference (poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction)
  • T-shirt size
  • Teacher or counselor recommendation
  • Portfolio

Deadlines and Fees:

  • April 15 – Applications postmarked, or received via email, by this date will be charged a registration fee of $770.
  • April 16 and after – Applications postmarked, or received via email, after this date will be charged a registration fee of $810.


After receiving your acceptance letter, accepted applicants must register and pay online or mail their payment by June 10. Payments must be made by June 10 to confirm your workshop reservation. (Please be sure to provide an email, acceptance letters sent after June 1 will be sent via email to allow time to provide full payment by June 10.)

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