Information

2024 Dates

January 20 – March 2, 2024

(not meeting February 10 due to AWP)

Tuition

$795

No application fee

Application Information

Applications now closed.

Applications open November 1- December 10, 2023

Questions? Concerns?

Please feel free to contact us at 740-427-5451 or email writersworkshops@kenyonreview.org.

Overview

Our Winter Online Workshops offer participants a unique opportunity to learn from three different faculty members in the same genre over six weeks. The workshops meet for two hours every Saturday from 2:00–4:00 pm ET starting January 20, 2024 (no meeting on February 10 due to AWP). Our online workshops are generative, and the focus is on creating new work.

Each Saturday begins at 1:30 pm ET with a 30-minute faculty reading for all winter online workshop participants, and workshops begin immediately after at 2:00 pm ET. Participants also benefit from an individual meeting with an instructor to discuss workshop prompts and other writing projects.

Enjoy the rigor and inspiration of being in community with three acclaimed writers and a small cohort of other workshop participants.

Faculty

Creative Nonfiction

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing; she was recently selected as one of three Educators of the Year in the entire Minnesota State College and University system. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her new novel, The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be, explores themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir (Dutton, 2023). Gibney’s other recent publications include the picture books Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight (University of Minnesota Press, 2023), and Where We Come From (Lerner, 2022; coauthored), and a YA anthology of stories by adoptees about adoptees, co-edited with Nicole Chung (HarperTeen, 2023).

Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) (he / him / his) is currently writing a memoir about his complicated history with lap swimming called My Weight in Water (forthcoming with Spiegel & Grau). He is a 2023-2025 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Literature, a poet, essayist, literary critic, and arts educator. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions 2021), won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the 2022 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry, the 2022 Balcones Poetry Prize, the 2021 Poetry Center Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award. His essay, “On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy,” is included in the anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis, edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. Another essay, “There Was a Tremendous Softness,” appears in A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars, edited by Erin Sharkey (Milkweed Editions, 2023). His poems and essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies.

Grace Talusan (click for pronunciation) is the author of The Body Papers, which won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant writing and the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. In 2022, she was awarded fellowships from United States Artists, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brother Thomas Fund. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.

Poetry

Dr. Taylor Byas, Ph.D. is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus, an Acquisitions Poetry Editor for Variant Literature, a member of the Beloit Poetry Journal Editorial Board, and a 2023-24 National Book Critics Emerging Fellow. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, from Madhouse Press, her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times from Soft Skull Press, which won the 2023 Maya Angelou Book Award and is shortlisted for the 2023 Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry, and her second full-length Resting Bitch Face, forthcoming in 2025. She is also a co editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, forthcoming from Texas Review Press, and Poemhood: Our Black Revival, a YA anthology forthcoming from HarperCollins. She is represented by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.

Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. In her capacity as poet laureate, Cane has established her state’s first youth poetry ambassador program in partnership with Rhode Island Center for the Book, and has brought the Poetry-in-Motion program from the New York City Transit System to Rhode Island’s state-wide buses. Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Books, 2016), Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books 2017), Body of Work (Veliz Books, 2019), and Year of the Murder Hornet (Veliz Books, 2022). Her debut novel-in-verse for young adults, Alma Presses Play (Penguin/Random House) was released in September 2021. Cane is also the creator/ curator of the distance reading series, Poetry is Bread, and the editor of Poetry is Bread: The Anthology (forthcoming from Nirala Press, 2023). Her second novel-in-verse for young readers, Are You Nobody Too? (Penguin/ Random House) will be published in summer 2024.

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Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize, the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry, and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and four chapbooks. Her honors include multiple Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Cleveland State University. Her poems appear in The New York Times MagazineThe NationThe AtlanticPOETRY, and elsewhere. She is a Provost Fellow at the University of Cincinnati and teaches in Pacific University’s M.F.A. program.

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Anthony Cody is the author of two collections of poetry. His most recent collection is The Rendering (Omnidawn, 2023). Anthony’s debut collection, Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, 2020), was winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. For his work, he has been awarded a 2022 Whiting Award, a 2021 American Book Award, a 2020 Southwest Book Award, as well as named a finalist for a 2020 National Book Award, a 2021 PEN America / Jean Stein Award, a 2021 L.A. Times Book Award, a 2021 California Book Award finalist. Anthony is co-publisher of Noemi Press.

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit. The author of the poetry chapbook Capable Monsters (Bull City Press, 2020) and a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, their poetry has found homes with Indiana ReviewIowa ReviewTriQuarterlyWaxwingKenyon Review Online, and the anthologies New Poetry from the MidwestHome is Where you Queer your Heart, and We Call to the Eye and to the Night: Love Poems by Writers of Arab Descent. Their prose has found homes with The RumpusAnomalyPassages NorthEntropy, and the anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. They currently live and teach in Minnesota.

Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of several books of poetry and prose: Feed the Beast, Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. Ó Tuama is also the host of the popular podcast Poetry Unbound, which immerses the listener into one poem every week, and the author of the collection, Poetry Unbound, an expansion on the podcast that offers reflections on fifty powerful poems. He splits his time between Ireland and NYC.

Fiction

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, winner of the 2023 Aspen Words Literary Prize and a finalist for 2022 National Book Award. His debut novel 99 Nights in Logar was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories. His essays have been published at The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Kochai was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently, he teaches at California State University, Sacramento.

Karin Lin-Greenberg is the author of the novel You Are Here, which was an Indie Next Pick for May 2023. Her first story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and her second story collection, Vanished, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. She is recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her stories have recently appeared in journals including New England Review, Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She is an associate professor in the English Department at Siena College in upstate New York and also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University.

Lincoln Michel‘s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Vice, and elsewhere. He is the former editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and Tiny Crimes, an anthology of flash noir. His debut story collection, Upright Beasts, was published by Coffee House Press in 2015. He teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.

Joseph Earl Thomas is a writer from Frankford whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, N+1, Gulf Coast, The Offing, and The Kenyon Review. He has an MFA in prose from The University of Notre Dame and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. An excerpt of his memoir, Sink, won the 2020 Chautauqua Janus Prize and he has received fellowships from Fulbright, VONA, Tin House, Kimbilio, & Breadloaf, though he is now the Anisfield-Wolf Fellow at the CSU Poetry Center. He’s writing the novel God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer, and a collection of stories: Leviathan Beach, among other oddities. He is also an associate faculty member at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, as well as Director of Programs at Blue Stoop, a literary hub for Philly writers.

Holly M. Wendt is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lebanon Valley College and the author of Heading North (Braddock Avenue Books, 2023). Wendt is a recipient of the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists from the American Antiquarian Society and fellowships from the Jentel Foundation and Hambidge Center. They have served as a Peter Taylor Fellow in fiction at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Their work has appeared in Passages NorthShenandoahFour Way Review, BarrelhouseMemoriousPloughshares blog, and elsewhere. A member of the Sport Literature Association, Holly is a former Baseball Prospectus contributor and contributing editor for The Classical. Their sports-based nonfiction has also appeared in Bodies Built for Game: The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Sports WritingThe Rumpus, and Sport Literate.

Erika T. Wurth’s novel White Horse is a New York Times editors pick, a Good Morning America buzz pick, and an Indie Next, Target book of the Month, and BOTM Pick. She is both a Kenyon and Sewanee fellow, has published in the Kenyon Review, Buzzfeed, and The Writer’s Chronicle, and is a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is an urban Native of Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee descent. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman for books, and Dana Spector for film. She lives in Denver with her partner, step-kids and two incredibly fluffy dogs.

FAQ

How is the workshop structured?

Participants attend workshops from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET each Saturday. Workshops will involve discussion of assigned reading, sharing individual writing, workshopping each other’s writing, and writing in response to prompts.

How many people are in each workshop?

Each class is limited to 12 participants.

Will I have a chance to write much during the week?

Yes. You will write a lot. The Kenyon Review Online Writers Workshops are unique in that they are generative in nature. This workshop is designed to help you create new work. By the time the workshop weeks are over, participants have a number of new pieces on their way to completion, and they leave the workshop with a clearer, more self-directed sense of what they need and want to continue working on in their writing.

Who teaches the workshops?

Our faculty are talented writers and teachers from around the country. Many of our faculty members have been published in the Kenyon Review. Our instructors have advanced degrees in creative writing, have a lot of experience in the world of publishing, and most teach creative writing at universities during the academic year. They are a strong team with a deep understanding of the curriculum and philosophy of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

What kind of writers enroll in the Kenyon Review Online Writers 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 take some risks. 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. If you’re open to experimentation, willing to be playful and take some risks as a learner, and more interested in the writing process than in final goals, then you will thrive in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.

Are the Kenyon Review’s residential Writers Workshops also being offered in the summer of 2024?

Yes. For more information about our summer programming, please visit our Writers Workshop page.

Who can apply for the Kenyon Review Online 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.

When can I apply?

Applications open November 1 through December 10, 2023. Kenyon Review programs are selective, and all applications are reviewed by committee. We will make every attempt to let applicants know our admission decision within four weeks of our applications closing.

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 submittable.com 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 the poetry workshop, submit 3 to 4 poems. If you are signing up for the fiction or creative nonfiction workshop, we request between 5-20 pages of prose writing.

How do I know that you received my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email notification at the address you entered when you signed up for a Submittable account. Be sure to whitelist submittable.com 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 writers@kenyonreview.org, or 740-427-5451.

How are applicants chosen for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops?

In evaluating applications, the 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 the workshop. We strive to admit a diverse group of people with a wide range of writing styles and personal interests. We are selective in our acceptance, but if you are not accepted this year, we encourage you to reapply.

If I am put on the waitlist, when will I find out whether a spot has opened up?

We fill spaces as they become available, and we intend to have all enrollments confirmed by mid January.

If I am not accepted, can I apply again?

Absolutely. We encourage this. We have a wide range of workshop offerings in 2024.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for the Kenyon Review Online Writers Workshops is $795.00. If you are accepted, you’ll receive a link to an enrollment form which should be completed and returned, along with full payment by January 10. If you don’t submit payment by January 10, you forfeit your space. If you submit your tuition and then cancel your enrollment on or before January 12, the Kenyon Review will keep a $250 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds after January 12.

How do I pay?

You may pay your tuition through 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.

In what time zone will program events be happening?

All workshop schedules are listed in Eastern Daylight Time.