Just a couple minutes' walk from the fellowship offices, State Street's food carts offer cheap, gourmet food in the non-winter months. Photo © Oliver Bendorf, 2011-13 MFA.







An aerial view of Picnic Point, a prime bonfire location and firefly-viewing spot each fall. Picnic Point is just a short walk from Helen C. White Hall, home to the Program in Creative Writing. Photo © University of Wisconsin-Madison Board of Regents.







Pictured above is Helen C. White Hall, home to the Program in Creative Writing. Photo © University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.


The Institute Fellows Jesse Damiani






Patricia Grace King Jennifer Luebbers






Bonnie Metzgar Matthew Modica






D. J. Thielke Timothy Daniel Welch








THE FELLOWS: Jesse Damiani, Patricia Grace King, Jennifer Luebbers, Bonnie Metzgar, Matthew Modica, D. J. Thielke, Timothy Daniel Welch


Contact Us

Sean Bishop, Administrator
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

fax: 608-263-3709

Madison from the air: Helen C. White Hall, home of the Program in Creative Writing, is just one building out of frame in the bottom right corner. The Fellow offices overlook the lake.




An aerial view of Madison. Helen C. White Hall, home of the Creative Writing Program, is one building out of frame in the bottom right corner. Fellows' offices overlook the lake. Photo © University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.


Applying for the Djerassi
Playwriting Fellowship

Applicants to the Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or Playwriting by August 15, 2014. For details regarding the responsibilities and privileges of our fellows, please see the main fellowships page. All applications must be postmarked by April 20, 2014 and should indicate "Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship" clearly on the envelope. There is no application form or entry fee, though applications must include the following materials:

Please note that the application materials required for this fellowship differ from those required from the fiction, poetry, and HEAF fellowships. Djerassi Playwriting applications are accepted by mail only. Send your completed application to:
      Sean Bishop, Coordinator
      Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
      Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship
      Department of English
      600 N Park St, 6195A H.C. White Hall
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI 53706

The Djerassi Playwriting Fellow will be chosen by June 1, 2014 and announced on the fellows page. If you have questions not answered in the FAQ below, please contact Sean Bishop, the Graduate & Institute Programs Coordinator, at institutemail@english.wisc.edu.


Applying for a Poetry, Fiction,
or HEAF Fellowship

Applications to the poetry, fiction, and HEAF fellowships are open from January 1 to March 3. After reading the details below, you may submit your application electronically by clicking here.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15, 2014. Eligible applicants may have published no more than one full-length collection or book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction as of the extended March 3 deadline. Individuals who have never published a full-length collection or book are, of course, eligible. For more details regarding the responsibilities and privileges of our fellows, please see the main fellowships page.

Applicants should prepare the following materials before applying (some exceptions are noted for HEAF applicants):

Do not include more than one genre in a single submission. You may apply in more than one of our fellowship genres, but you must upload a separate application for each, with separate application fees. Graduates of the UW MFA program are only eligible for the HEAF Fellowship, which will be awarded for fiction manuscripts only in 2014. If you are not a graduate of UW's MFA program you are not eligible for the HEAF!; please submit in the Poetry or Fiction category instead.

If you are submitting short fiction, please do not send more than one short story. The limit is one story no matter how short that story may be. If you send more than one story, we will read only the first. If you are sending a novel excerpt, you may (but need not) include a brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the novel, as page one of the manuscript.

The poetry, fiction, and HEAF fellows will be chosen by May 1 each year, and announced on the fellows page. If you have questions concerning these fellowships that are not answered in the FAQ below, please contact Sean Bishop, the Creative Writing Program Administrator, at institutemail@english.wisc.edu.


Fellowship FAQ

Online Submissions Trouble

Required Degree

Previous Books (fiction, poetry, & HEAF fellowships only)

Writing Sample (fiction and poetry fellowships only)

Selection Process (fiction and poetry fellowships only)