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How to Apply to YWW

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Application and Tuition

Rolling admissions begin in January and continue until the program is full, usually sometime in May. Early application is recommended. Files are reviewed as they become complete, and decisions are normally made within one to two weeks. There is no application fee. Application materials may be mailed as hard copies or sent as scanned e-mail attachments. Please do not send photographic PDFs, as these are often illegible or difficult to print.

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All applicants will be notified via e-mail. Please be sure to include a current and frequently used e-mail address as part of your application. To ensure that you receive all communications from the Young Writers Workshop, you should also add the director's name and address to your e-mail address book: Jamie Hutchinson,

Residential Experience

The Young Writer's Workshop academic program is enhanced by the rich natural and cultural environment of the Simon’s Rock campus, located on 200 acres in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts near the sites of such summer theater programs as Shakespeare and Company, Barrington Stage Company, the Berkshire Theater Festival, and Berkshire Fringe. Students have the opportunity to attend performances by these groups during their stay at Simon’s Rock. In addition, faculty and students will spend a day observing and writing at the world famous Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

Speak with former students about their experiences in the program by contacting Dr. Hutchinson at or 413-528-7231.

Students also have ample time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the campus and its surroundings as well as to enjoy the college's many recreational and social opportunities. These include hiking, running, biking, softball, tennis, swimming, volleyball, weight training, basketball, squash, and racquetball. Weekly on-campus activities include films, readings, lectures, open mics, concerts, and dances.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to academically motivated and socially mature students currently completing grades 9-11. Admission is selective and is based primarily on the student’s application essay and an accompanying teacher’s recommendation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The workshop is designed as a three-week residential program. The cost of tuition, room and board, and selected off-campus activities is $2,975. Tickets for additional off-campus activities are available at group rates. We typically recommend students bring around $125-$150 in discretionary spending money for the three weeks. Modest financial aid is available for students with demonstrated financial need. Requests for financial aid should be submitted along with the rest of the student's application materials.

Dorothy West Scholarship

Students of color with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for the Dorothy West Scholarship. This externally endowed scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and room and board. A number of runners-up will also be chosen and will be eligible for lesser financial aid awards.