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Responsibilities & Academics

Besides attending workshop, what will be expected of me as a fellow?

The obvious expectation is that you will write, revise, write, with the goal of a finished manuscript ready for publication. The Creative Writing Program also hosts various lecture series and reading events; in the past, we have enjoyed the presence of guest speakers such as Jorie Graham, Joy Williams, E.L. Doctorow, Claudia Rankine and Jeffrey Eugenides. We also have a visiting poet-in-residence and a visiting writer-in-residence each year. Attendance at events related to these series is not only an expectation, but an enrichment in the life of a Stegner Fellow. Fellows also participate in campus readings throughout the year, and offer special programs to Stanford’s undergraduates.

Is residency required?

Yes. One must live close enough to Stanford to attend the weekly workshops as well as readings by visiting writers.

Can I keep my full-time job during the fellowship period?
The purpose of the fellowship is to give writers as much time as possible to work on their writing, free from the time constraints of full-time employment. Holding a full-time job during the fellowship runs counter to the intention of the fellowship.

When does the fellowship begin and end?
The workshop coincides with Stanford’s academic calendar. Fellows have the summer off to work, write or travel.

Do I get any kind of a degree once the fellowship is completed?
There is no degree attached to the Stegner Fellowship. We view it as more of an artist-in-residence opportunity for promising writers to spend two years developing their writing in the company of peers and under the guidance of Stanford faculty.

Does Stanford offer an MFA in Creative Writing?
No. Though the Stegner Fellowship Program is in some ways similar to an MFA program, no degree is offered.