Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process
Social and Residential Life
Getting to Campus


How is the workshop structured?
Participants attend one 3-hour workshop session each morning. Though the pace and content of these workshops varies, they will involve discussion of assigned reading, sharing individual writing, workshopping each other’s writing, and writing in response to prompts.

Will I have a chance to write much while I am there?
Yes. You will write a lot, and you will write daily. The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops are unique in that they are generative in nature. Other than the writing sample submitted with the application, participants do not bring previous writing or current projects to workshop. This is a week to work. By the time the week is over, participants, with a number of new pieces well on their way to completion, leave the workshop with a clearer, more self-directed sense of what they need and want to continue working on in their writing.

Is course credit available for participation in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops?
Yes. Satisfactory completion of the writers workshops will result in a ¼ credit that can go toward one’s graduate work or professional development. At the end of the week, participants who would like to receive this credit will complete a credit form that will remain on file with the college.

Who teaches the workshops?
Our instructors are talented writers and teachers from around the country. Many of our instructors have been published in the Kenyon Review.  All have advanced degrees in creative writing and most teach college during the academic year. We strive for a balance of instructors who are new to our writing workshops and instructors who have been teaching in our workshops for several years. Together, they are a strong team with a deep understanding of the curriculum and philosophy of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. Click here to view the current list of instructors.

What kind of writers enroll in the workshops?
Our participants are a diverse group, representing a wide range of academic and personal interests. Some are experienced writers who are hoping to expand their range and their knowledge of technique. Others relatively new to writing might be seeking an opportunity to receive feedback and instruction on craft. Overall, the participant who will benefit most from the workshop is one who likes to work with other people and who isn’t looking for a traditional approach to writing and learning. Being open to experimenting with new approaches, willing to be playful and take some risks as a learner, being interested in the process of writing more than final goals—these qualities characterize the typical participant in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

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Application Process

Who can apply for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops?
Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to apply.

I’m not a U.S. Citizen. Can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome international applications. If you have specific questions about visa requirements for your country, please contact us.

I attended the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops in the past. Can I apply again this year?
Yes. You will need to apply to the workshop again, using the online application. If accepted, you will receive a $250 returnee discount.

When can I apply?
Applications open the second week in January. Kenyon Review programs are selective, and all applications are reviewed by committee. We make every attempt to let applicants know our admission decision within four weeks of completing the application. Admission is made on a rolling basis, so writers should apply early.

How do I apply?
You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to apply, which you can do on our application page. If you already have a Submittable account, please sign in using your existing account. Be sure to add to your address book and/or check your spam folders for email confirmations and notifications that we will send via Submittable.

To complete the online application, you must submit an online application form and a writing sample that showcases your best writing. If you are signing up for a poetry workshop, submit 3 to 4 poems. If you are signing up for fiction or nonfiction workshops, we request between 5-20 pages of prose writing.

How do I know that you received my application?
When you have submitted your application, you should receive an email notification at the address you entered when you signed up for a Submittable account. Be sure to whitelist or check your spam folder to ensure that you receive notifications from Submittable. You can also log back in to your Submittable account to check the status of your application at any time. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at, or 740-427-5196.

How are applicants chosen for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops?
In evaluating applications, the writers workshop selection committee pays particular attention to the writing sample. We are looking for participants who show real talent and passion for writing as well as participants who will thrive in both the workshop and residential setting. We strive to admit a diverse group of people with a wide range of writing styles and personal interests. We are selective in or acceptance, but if you are not accepted this year, we encourage you to reapply.

If accepted, can I defer my admission to next summer?
Yes. If you are accepted but find you are unable to attend, we will honor your acceptance for one year, but you will have to resubmit the application form.

If I am put on the waitlist, when will I find out whether a spot has opened up?
We will contact waitlisted applicants no later than April 30th.

If I am not accepted, can I apply again?
Absolutely. We encourage this.

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How much do the writers workshops cost?
The cost of these workshops is $2,295, which covers tuition, housing in a dorm room single, and meals. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Returning participants receive a $250 discount. Apartment housing options are available for a supplement of $150 or $300, depending on the housing selected. Participants arranging independent housing for themselves receive a $150 discount.

If you are accepted to participate in one of these workshops, you will be asked to complete an enrollment form and return it within two weeks of your acceptance with a nonrefundable deposit of $500. The balance of your tuition is due on May 15, 2018.

Is financial aid available?
We are currently pursuing more funding to offer scholarships for our adult writers workshops, but at present, the only financial aid we can offer is limited partial scholarships toward the Workshop for Teachers and the Playwrights Conference. Please see those applications for more details.

How do I pay?
You may pay your non-refundable deposit, tuition balance, housing supplements, and shuttle fees at our online store. We prefer online payments, but you may also pay by check (payable to “Kenyon Review” and mailed to Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, 102 W. Wiggin St. Gambier, OH 43022) or by calling 740-427-5208.

Can I cancel my enrollment?
If you cancel your enrollment before May 15, you will forfeit your initial deposit. If you cancel after May 15, we will keep the initial deposit and an additional $500 cancellation fee, but return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refund of tuition after the arrival date of the workshop and no refund in the event of early departure.

Is tuition and the application process different for the Writers Workshop for Teachers?
The application process is the same for the Writers Workshop for Teachers, but the dates and cost are different. Tuition for the Writers Workshop for Teachers is $1,495, which covers tuition, housing in a dorm room single, and meals. As with the other writers workshops, apartment housing options are available for a supplement of $150 or $300, depending on the housing selected. Participants arranging independent housing for themselves receive a $150 discount.

There is a limited amount of partial scholarship support available for the Writers Workshop for Teachers. Financial support of up to $800 per person will be awarded on a first-come basis. To be considered for financial aid, please fill out the financial aid portion of the online application. 

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Social and Residential Life

What is the social and cultural life of the program like?
There is a strong social dimension to the workshop, both in and out of class. Participants regularly share their work-in-progress. The focus is on working together as a writing and learning community. This sense of community is strengthened outside of class through the recreational activities, local eating/drinking establishments, access to the Kenyon Athletic Center, and evening readings.

What is the week’s social and cultural life like outside of the workshop classroom?
Classes end at noon each day, leaving ample time for writing, reading and communing. In the afternoon, participants often meet with their instructors, workout at the KAC, gather at the coffee shop,  hike the nearby trails, attend a publishing or craft talk, or take a quick nap. Each evening includes a formal workshop reading in which workshop participants share a short segment of a work in progress. Often, after these readings, participants gather at the Village Inn to write or socialize.

What are the housing options?
Click here to learn about housing options and pricing.

How secure and safe is the dorm and the campus?
Officers for Kenyon College’s Campus Safety Office are on duty 24 hours a day, and regularly patrol campus day and night. The campus itself is small, well-lit, and very safe.

What is the writers workshop community contract?
As a participant of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, you are part of a writing community where everyone–participants, instructors, college employees, and community members–is treated with common decency, tolerance, respect and consideration. Anyone whose behavior does not align with this shared value will be asked to leave the program. 

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Getting to Campus

How do I get to Gambier?
Gambier is located about 45 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio. The Kenyon College website has a map with driving directions to Gambier. The closest airport is John Glenn International Airport (CMH) and is about an hour’s drive from Gambier. There is no public transportation from the airport to Gambier, so we provide a shuttle service. There is a $70 round-trip ($35 one-way) shuttle fee for this service.

When should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive on campus between 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday for registration and orientation. If you are flying, keep in mind that the Columbus airport is about an hour’s drive from campus. Arrivals by plane should be scheduled no later than 2:00pm when possible.

When should I depart?
The last workshop occurs on Saturday morning.  If you are departing from the Columbus airport, please schedule your flight for sometime after 12pm.

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For more information, call, email or write:
Kenyon Review Writers Workshop
Finn House
102 W. Wiggin St.
Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623
Telephone: (740) 427-5196
Fax: (740) 427-5417

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