Admission Requirements

To apply to the Ithaca Writers Institute, complete the online application and then email a writing sample in the genre of your choice to Please include your name, address, and email on your writing sample and attach it in .pdf or .doc format. In the body of the email, specify the genre(s) in which you are applying. You may apply in two genres, but you will only be accepted into one. Please send all writing samples in a single email. 

  • For Poetry, send 3–5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages.
  • For Prose (Fiction or Personal Essay), send 5–10 pages, double-spaced. 
  • For Magazine Writing, Editing & Publishing, send a literary analysis of 2–3 pages and a 1–2 page essay, double-spaced, about what you hope to gain in the workshop.

There is no application fee. Early application is recommended. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. (After May 1, applications be accepted on a space available basis only.) Online applications will not be considered complete until writing samples have been received.

For accepted students, payment of the program fee is due in full by May 15, 2015.