The 2020 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer Writers’ Conference will be held from June 7 to June 13 and from June 14 to June 20 at the Vineyard Arts Project (VAP) campus in downtown Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The conference features weeklong seminars with daily workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and readings. The faculty includes poets Amelia Martens, Adrian Matejka, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Britton Shurley, and Keith Taylor; and fiction writers Tia Clark, John T. Howard, Wendy Rawlings, Samrat Upadhyay, and Alexander Weinstein. Tuition is $1,075 per week. Lodging is available at the VAP campus for $625 to $975. General registration is first come, first served. To apply for financial aid, submit three poems or 10 pages of prose and a letter of interest with a $25 application fee by May 1.
The conference also offers full fellowships (valued at $1,700 each), which include full tuition and lodging, and partial fellowships, which include a $500 tuition waiver, to educators, writers with children who are 16 or younger, writers of color, and queer writers; the application deadline is January 10 for educators, January 31 for parents, February 14 for writers of color, and February 28 for queer writers. Two full and two partial fellowships will be given to poets and prose writers as part of the MVICW annual writing contest; the submission deadline is March 20. For all fellowships, submit a letter of interest and a poem of up to three pages or a story, essay, or excerpt of a novel or memoir of up to 3,000 words with a $25 application fee. For the annual writing contest, submit a poem of up to three pages or a story, essay, or excerpt of a novel or memoir of up to 3,000 words with a $25 entry fee. Visit the website for more information.
Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference, 7 East Pasture Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535. (954) 242-2903. Alexander Weinstein, Director.