Who Should Apply?

THREAD at Yale seeks non-fiction storytellers who work in print and other media, including video, audio, photography, and hybrid forms. Unlike some other journalists’ gatherings, there is no preference for “mid-career” applicants. We care about your enthusiasm. This program is limited to those ages 21 and up (though exceptions may be made for talented storytellers between the ages of 18 and 21). Past participants are welcomed and encouraged to apply again! 

Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential for participation. 

How to Apply

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once the class is full, applicant names will be added to a waiting list. We encourage you to apply as early as possible as the class fills up quickly. To apply, please submit a completed online application with:

  • A statement of up to 350 words detailing what you hope to experience at THREAD. In the document, please also include a link to at least one work that you are proud of, from any medium. If you have no published work online, you can submit your sample as a separate file with your application.

  • A résumé

Discounts and Scholarships

Early Bird discount: Receive $350 off the tuition fee when you apply and pay by April 21st.

To be considered for a partial scholarship of $850, you must submit a 350-word statement of financial need no later than May 1st. The statement must include what you possibly could afford and what you will contribute to the THREAD program. Decisions will be made by May 3rd.

Housing cannot be discounted and discounts cannot be combined.


The tuition fee of $1,995 includes program materials, welcome reception, drink vouchers for nightly gatherings, and all-day refreshments. A $500 deposit must be made in order to secure your place in the class no later than May 10th.


Participants have the option to stay in a Yale dormitory for the duration of the program (check in: June 9, check out: June 12). Housing is an additional $295 and includes sheets, towels, and daily breakfast in one of Yale's dining halls. If you need extra nights, please email us. Discounts cannot be applied to the housing fee.

Work Requirement

If you are accepted, you will be asked to submit a completed work or a work in progress that can be circulated to the other members of your small-group workshop, to be discussed when you meet at THREAD. It should be a work that you are comfortable discussing in a public setting, as your fellow workshop participants will read it in advance and offer constructive feedback, which may be positive or negative (and will likely be both). Written works in progress should be reasonably short, probably 2-10 pages, double-spaced (excerpts of longer works are permitted).


We will inform applicants of their acceptance within two weeks of receiving their completed application. Once the program reaches capacity, we will not accept additional participants, but will add names to a wait list.


A full tuition fee refund will be issued if you withdraw from THREAD by May 20th. After that date, no refund will be issued. However, you may defer your participation until the following year (any fee increase will apply) or send a qualified substitute in your place (separate application is required).


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