Djerassi Resident Artists Program




Workshop Information

Writing Your Book-Length Narrative—A Yearlong Workshop

with Jane Vandenburgh

A yearlong workshop book-ended by two 5-day residences in the Djerassi Program. Includes monthly ms deliveries and individual monthly phone conferences. Workshop limited to seven participants. Open to writers at all levels of experience. Applicants accepted pending review by Jane Vandenburgh.

Dates: Wednesday, February 17 - Sunday, February 21, 2016
           Wednesday, February 1 - Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thursday, October 15, 2015
by Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Application fee: $10

Workshop fee: $7250/$7750 private room, shared bath/private room and bath
Includes workshop fee, 10 nights lodging, all food, and Year-long.
Deposit: $500 due by November 17, 2015
Final payment: due by December 8, 2015

Application Process:
Applications for the workshop can be accessed through this link:
or by clicking on the APPLY button on the top left of this page.

Application materials requested:

  • 2015-2016 Jane Vandenburgh Workshop Application Form
  • A short (one to two page) description of the project.
  • A writing sample of 10 to 20 pages.

Jane Vandenburgh is author of two critically acclaimed novels, Failure to Zigzag and The Physics of Sunset and has published two books of memoir, A Pocket History of Sex in the 20th Century and The Wrong Dog Dream, all in print and available.

She completed an MA in literature and creative writing at San Francisco State and has taught both graduate and undergraduates in the writing programs of U.C. Davis and the George Washington University, in Washington, DC. She was recently Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She was awarded the 2010 Mildred Sherrod Bissinger Memorial Endowed Fellowship by the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Architecture of the Novel, her book on the craft of structuring the longer narrative, came out in 2010; she’s currently working on the companion volume, Anatomy of the Memoir. Her students have had or are soon to have novels, books of stories and works of personal nonfiction on wide-ranging themes published by literary and commercial houses.

A fifth-generation Californian for whom both place and family play important roles, Jane Vandenburgh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To address the special challenges of the book-length writing project, Jane Vandenburgh has designed a workshop that provides an orderly environment of both structural and critical support in which most participants are able to finish the draft of a book. Open to writers at all levels of practical and professional experience, the workshop is conducted with the intimacy of a graduate seminar, participants capped at seven. There are no degree requirements.

What to expect:
Anyone wanting to write a book-length work soon faces two critical questions: Where do I start? then How do I keep going?

Toward those ends the Djerassi Yearlong provides:

• Two 5-day residences bracketing a year’s work

• Eleven monthly deliveries of from 20 to 40 ms pages

• Eleven monthly one-on-one phone conferences


Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road  
Woodside, CA 94062

650 747-1250