Throughout their time as “Stegners,” writers participate in three quarter-long writing workshops each year.
Each workshop meets once a week and is taught by one of the faculty in their field.
“Having all this free time is this amazing gift, but you have to be able to use it well.
So I think that’s a big challenge.” Boland said that another important part of the Stegner Fellowship is the interaction between the fellows.
She added, “That’s a very exciting conversation for undergraduates.” Boland said she thinks that the Stegner Fellowship has a large effect not only on the undergraduate population at Stanford, but on the nation as well.
“For over 60 years the program has come to have a hand in making American writing,” Boland said.
This year, there were almost 2,000 applications for the ten total spots – five in fiction and five in poetry – meaning that the acceptance rate hovered at .5%.
(For comparison, Stanford Law School’s acceptance rate is approximately 9%.) The Stegner fellows for 2011-2013 were announced on April 7.
“It’s a fabulous gift.” Stegner Fellows also interact with the undergraduate student body.
They teach Levinthal Tutorials, in which undergraduates can apply to work one-on-one with a Stegner Fellow to develop their writing during winter or spring quarter.