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Registration Information

2024 Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference: July 16-19

Registration Opens: January 1st, 2024



 Conference Tuition

The tuition fee for the 2024 Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference is $795. This fee covers all elements of the conference:

  • Room & Board: Students stay in our "Western Shore" dormitories that are suite-style: four single bedrooms with 2 shared bathrooms (each suite connects to a bathroom), and a shared living space. We offer male, female, and nonbinary housing options. You can see a little more information about our dorms here. (Please note: this info is geared toward college students, so information about rates and selection are not applicable for conference students, since the registration fee includes room and board.)
  • Tuition for one of three creative writing workshops: Poetry, Fiction, or Journalism. Each workshop has a limited number of slots, which will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A bonus workshop, "How to Write a Successful College Admissions Essay," offered by experienced Washington College Admissions staff. 
  • Literature Discussions, Craft Talks, and Readings presented by Conference Faculty, Staff, and Interns. There will also be Open Mic Readings, where all attendees are invited to share their creative writing.

The tuition fee also includes:

  • A Print Shop Demonstration in our letterpress studio, and a signed copy of a letterpress broadside.
  • A free copy of the latest issue of Cherry Tree, our national literary journal, which features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and Literary Shade by acclaimed contemporary writers. 

Tuition is due at the time of registration. All tuition proceeds are used solely to benefit the operation of the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference and associated programs.

2024 Cherry Tree Conference Brochure PDF

Scholarship Information

We offer several different types of scholarship. All of them cover the full cost of tuition, and some cover a free book set as well. Click here to learn more about our scholarship opportunities!

Please note: Your workshop spot is not secured until a scholarship is awarded or the registration fee is paid. If you apply for a scholarship but are not awarded one, you will have the opportunity to register as a paying attendee. However, you will be limited to the workshop slots still available at that time. Our workshop tracks (especially fiction) often reach capacity before the final registration deadline. 

The registration deadline for the 2024 Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference is June 25. If you have any further questions, please contact our Assistant Director, Amber Taliancich. 

All registered participants and scholarship recipients will be e-mailed an Information Packet by July 9, 2024. The Info Packet will contain things like a packing list, a campus map, directions for check-in, and workshop rosters. We will also have a pre-conference Zoom for participants and parent/guardians to ask questions.