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How to Apply

Rolling admissions begin in January and continue until the program is full, usually sometime in April or May. Early application is recommended. Files are reviewed as they become complete, and decisions are normally made within one to two weeks. 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: There is no application fee.

small groupDownload the 
(1) Young Writers Workshop application and 
(2) Financial/Scholarship Form and Teacher's Letter of Support (PDF)

Download information on the Dorothy West Scholarship (PDF) 
Letter from the Workshop Director (PDF) 

If you would like to speak with former students about their experiences in the program, Dr. Hutchinson would be happy to provide you with contact information. Please send e-mail to him at or call him at (413)-528-7231.

The 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 Theatre 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).

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, concerts, and dances.

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