The 2019 Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference was held from June 9 to June 15 and from June 16 to June 22 on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The conference featured weeklong seminars with daily workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as one-on-one manuscript consultations, panel discussions, readings, and a celebratory dinner with faculty. The faculty included poets Ruth Awad, Christopher Citro, Amy Meng, and Samantha Tetangco; and fiction writers Randi Beck Ocena, Phong Nguyen, Robert James Russell, and Alexander Weinstein. Tuition was $1,075 per week. Lodging was available in nearby guesthouses for $650 for a shared room and $925 for a private room. For a manuscript consultation, writers submitted five poems totaling no more than 12 pages or 20 pages of prose by May 10. General registration was first come, first served. To apply for financial aid, writers submitted 10 pages of poetry or prose and a letter of interest with a $25 application fee by May 1.
The conference also offered full fellowships (valued at $1,725 each), which included full tuition and lodging; and partial fellowships that included a $500 tuition waiver. Three full and two partial fellowships were given to educators; the application deadline was February 1. Four full and two partial fellowships were given to writers of color; the application deadline was February 25. Two full and two partial fellowships were given to writers with kids that are 16 or younger; the application deadline was February 25. Two full and two partial fellowships were given to poets and prose writers as part of the MVICW annual writing contest; the application deadline was March 25. For all fellowships, writers submitted 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, writers submitted 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 complete guidelines.
Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference, 7 East Pasture Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535. (954) 242-2903. Alexander Weinstein, Director.