Trustee Jhumpa Lahiri reads in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room. Photo: Michael Cestaro
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

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Registration and Workshop Information

How can I find out what workshops you’re offering?

Our online catalog contains our complete listing of workshops. The online catalog will be released in early January.

Do you have a print version of your catalog?

This year, we will only offer an online catalog, supplemented by timely promotional announcements. We believe this is a more environmentally sustainable approach aligned with our values and furthers our commitment to mindfully steward our natural resources.

How do I register and pay for a workshop?

We will open registration on Wednesday, January 24th. All registrations must be completed online. During the online registration process you will be guided through the payment process. You may pay using a debit or credit card. Please note that payment in-full is due at time of registration and your registration is not complete until payment is made.

How do I know if my registration was successful?

You will receive a confirmation email once you complete your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder. If you do not receive a confirmation email from us, please contact Sara Siegel, Summer Program Manager, at ssiegel@fawc.org, to confirm that you have successfully registered.

Is there a deadline to register for a workshop?

You may register for a workshop up until the day before it begins, provided there is space available. Please note: classes tend to fill up quickly, so we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible!

Where can I learn more about my workshop, including class time, how many hours, what is expected outside of class time, etc?

All information about individual workshops is provided in the course description in the online catalog.

How do I know what I need to bring to the workshop?

The course description in the online catalog will tell you what materials you need to bring to the workshop or if there is a writing submission requirement.

How much does a workshop cost?

We are instituting a voluntary tiered tuition system starting in the summer 2024. This new tuition system is meant to complement our scholarship program as a key element of FAWC’s commitment to making our Summer Workshops as welcoming and accessible as possible to artists and writers with low incomes, young artists and writers, and those from other communities that have historically been underserved by FAWC. You will get the exact same experience regardless of which tuition level you choose to pay. Here are the tuition levels for this summer:

1. $900–‘Pay it Forward’ Tuition Level. If your financial position is secure enough to allow you the ability and the desire to ‘pay it forward,’ then this is the tuition level for you. Paying this tuition rate really does pay it forward, as it will help FAWC provide access to workshops for those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

If you can afford to pay at this level, we ask that you also consider magnifying your impact by making a tax-deductible donation to our Access Fund, which is dedicated to increasing access to our educational programs by supporting our scholarship program. To learn more about the Access Fund and make a donation, please click here.

2. $800–Standard Tuition Level. This tuition level most closely represents the true cost of a summer workshop. This tier allows us to fairly compensate our world-class instructors and hardworking staff, maintain our facilities, and pay all the other expenses necessary to provide a top-notch summer workshop program every year. Please pay this level if you are able to.

3. $700–Subsidized Tuition Level. If the Standard Tuition Level price is too much for your financial situation, and prevents you from taking a workshop, then this moderately subsidized tuition level is for you.

If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Tuition Level, then we invite you to apply for a scholarship. Click here to learn more about our scholarship program and to apply.

4. $500–Student/Teacher Tuition Level. If you are over 18 and are a teacher or a student currently teaching at or enrolled in any K – 12 school, community college, 4-year college, or graduate program, then this is the tuition level for you.

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For more information about our Tiered Tuition System, please click here.

How many people are in a workshop?

The minimum number of people in each workshop varies, but the maximum number is ten for most workshops, and eight for printshop and photography workshops.

Can I get on a waitlist if the workshop is full?

Yes. If the workshop you are interested in is full, you can add your name to a waitlist for that workshop. Waitlists are limited to 25 people. If a space opens up in a workshop, we will give first opportunity to enroll in the workshop to those on the waitlist, in order of when they were added to the list. If a space opens up less than a month before the workshop begins, we will reach out to everyone on the waitlist, and give first opportunity to whomever responds first.

Can I audit a workshop?

No. You must register and pay in full in order to attend a workshop.

What is the workshop cancellation policy?

If you cancel your workshop three or more weeks prior to your class start date, you will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee, for each workshop cancellation. Similarly, if you cancel housing three or more weeks prior to your class start date, you will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee, for cancellation. If you cancel your workshop less than three weeks prior to your class start date, you will forfeit your entire payment. In the unlikely event that your workshop is canceled, you will receive a full refund. Please note: any request to “switch” or “transfer” from one workshop to another is subject to the same cancellation policies as listed above.

Are there any supplemental fees, in addition to the basic workshop price?

Some visual arts workshops require an additional materials and/or model fee. Materials fees range from $25-$75. Model fees are $40. Please see individual workshop descriptions for details of additional fees.

What about books?

If your instructor has provided a syllabus ahead of time, you can purchase books through our partnership with East End Books. When purchasing books at the East End Books website, please enter the code ‘EF’ in the memo section.

How can I get in touch with my instructor or classmates?

FAWC does not give out instructor contact information, so if you have a question for your instructor prior to the workshop start date, please contact Sara Siegel, Summer Program Manager, at ssiegel@fawc.org, and she will pass your question along to your instructor. If you would like to reach out to students taking a class the same week you are about sharing transportation or lodging, please send us your request, and we will send an email to all students who can then be in touch with you directly.

After my confirmation email, will I receive any other communications from FAWC before my workshop starts?

We will send you an informational email two weeks prior to your workshop start date to provide check-in details, and additional information about your week with us. Your instructor may be in touch with you as well, but not all instructors reach out to students ahead of time.

Scholarships and Discounts

Does FAWC offer scholarships?

Yes, the Fine Arts Work Center offers a full range of FAWC Scholars Awards for our summer workshops. Please check the scholarships page on our website for a full list of scholarship opportunities.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

For some scholarships, you will complete and submit the scholarship application form on our website by March 1st, 2024. For other scholarships, you will apply directly to the relevant scholarship partner. Please visit the scholarships page on our website for details.

When are scholarship applications due?

Scholarship applications are due on March 1st, 2024.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

No. You may apply for only one scholarship.

Can I apply for a scholarship if I have been awarded one in the past?

Yes, previous scholarship recipients are welcome to apply again. The exception to this is that some of our academic institution scholarship partners limit the scholarships to current students. Please visit the scholarships page on our website for details.

Do scholarships include housing or travel?

Many of our FAWC Scholars Awards include housing and a modest travel stipend. Scholarships for local Cape Cod residents typically cover tuition only. Please visit the scholarship page on our website for details.

When will I be notified of my application status?

We will email all applicants of their scholarship status by early April.

Can I make a donation to support scholarships?

Yes! We would be grateful if you would consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Access Fund, which was created to support efforts to make FAWC a welcoming and inclusive place for artists and writers from systemically under-served communities. Please click here to learn more or make a donation. Thank you!

Are there any tuition discounts available?

No, we don’t offer any standard discounts. We will occasionally offer special promotions, which are generally publicized via FAWC’s e-newsletter and social media pages. We are also implementing a tiered pricing system this year to make our workshops more affordable. Click here for more information.

Housing

Does FAWC have housing available?

Yes, FAWC has a limited number of apartments available for summer workshop students. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much does an on-site apartment cost?

The cost of an on-site apartment is $1,000 for six nights, from Sunday night through Saturday morning.

How do I book an on-site apartment?

When registering for a workshop, you will have the opportunity, pending availability, to register for an on-site apartment. Please note that payment for housing is due in full at the time of registration, and your housing is not secured until payment is made. Housing in Provincetown is a challenge to secure in summer, so if you are not able to book an apartment on-site, we recommend securing alternative housing as soon as possible.

Do you have any off-site housing recommendations?

Yes. Please visit the housing page of our website for off-site housing information.

Can I request a specific apartment?

No. We are not able to accommodate requests for specific apartments. However, when registering, please include a note in the comment box if you have any health or mobility issues that we need to be aware of when assigning apartments.

How big are the apartments and what is included?

Apartment sizes and layout vary, but all have a full-size bed, a couch, a private bath, and a kitchen equipped with a dining table, stove, microwave, coffee maker, fridge, basic cookware, dishes, and utensils. Wireless internet is available. Apartments do not have phones, televisions, or air conditioners (fans are provided). Linens, blankets, towels, and pillows will be provided, but you must bring your own toiletries. The laundry room will be available for a few hours on select evenings for students and faculty staying on site, so if you will need to do laundry, plan to bring detergent and quarters.

Can I have a guest stay with me in the apartment?

Yes. You may have a guest stay with you. Just keep in mind that each apartment has only one full-size bed, and accommodations for other sleeping arrangements cannot be made.

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring any materials you need for your workshop, toiletries, laundry detergent and quarters, and any food you would like to prepare during your stay. Linens, towels, and cleaning supplies are available in each apartment.

Can I smoke in the apartment?

No. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the FAWC property.

Can my pet stay with me in the apartment?

We will accommodate service animals without question, and emotional support animals with a document that includes the name of your diagnosed condition(s) and a recommendation for an emotional support animal. It must be written and signed by a licensed mental health professional who can legally practice in your state. The letter must include the practitioner’s license number. Otherwise, we must ask you to please leave your pets at home. For our full pet policy, please click here.

Are the apartments accessible?

We have one accessible apartment available. If you need an accessible apartment, please indicate as such in the comments box when registering for your workshop and housing.

Who do I contact if I have a housing maintenance issue when the office is closed?

We have posted QR codes in all the apartments that will allow you to submit a work request at any time to resolve maintenance issues. If the issue is severe, like a flooding toilet, an issue with your stove, or a broken pipe, you can call our facilities team, whose number we will provide when you arrive. 

What if I lose the key to the apartment I’m staying in?

Every apartment has a lock box with a key in it outside the front door. You will be provided with the combination to the lock box when you arrive. 

What is the housing cancellation policy?

If you cancel your housing three weeks or more before your class start date, you will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee, for each housing cancellation. If you cancel your housing less than three weeks prior to your class start date, you will forfeit your entire payment. In the unlikely event that your workshop is canceled, you will receive a full housing refund.

Travel and Parking

How do I get to Provincetown and the Fine Arts Work Center?

By Air

Cape Air flies direct from Boston’s Logan Airport to Provincetown Airport at Race Point. Or you can fly to Boston and then take the ferry (see ‘By Boat’ below) to Provincetown. To get from Logan Airport to the ferry dock, take Boston Public Transit Silver Line Route 1 to the World Trade Center stop or take the water taxi.

By Boat

Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises both provide ferry service from Boston to Provincetown. We are a fifteen-minute walk from the dock where the Ferry arrives. 

By Bus

Peter Pan offers bus service to Provincetown from New York City via Providence, RI, or from Boston via Hyannis. Plymouth & Brockton Bus Co. offers bus service from New York City, Boston, and Providence to Hyannis. From Hyannis you can take a local bus to Provincetown. 

By Car

Driving time is approximately 2.5 hours from Boston, and 6 hours from New York City.

Getting around Provincetown

Provincetown is best experienced on foot or bicycle, since driving and parking can be challenging in summer.

If wheeled transportation is needed, Provincetown offers shuttle buses, taxis, and pedi-cabs. If you do, however, have a car and need parking, please visit Provincetown Chamber of Commerce for parking information.

Can I park at the Fine Arts Work Center?

Parking is reserved for students and faculty staying on-site at the Work Center. If you are staying on-site and have requested a parking spot, you will be assigned a parking spot when you check in. For off-site parking information, please visit Town of Provincetown Parking. There are several municipal parking lots nearby to FAWC. If you have a handicapped parking placard or mobility issues and are not staying onsite, please contact Sara Siegel, Summer Program Manager, at ssiegel@fawc.org about obtaining a parking space on-site. 

Check-In and Orientation

When and where do I check in upon arrival at the Work Center?

Check in is between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday. When you arrive at the Work Center, come through the Center’s main doors at 24 Pearl Street. Staff will be there to greet you.

What if I arrive early?

You may leave your luggage in the Student Lounge, which will be open and unlocked for your use. Unfortunately, we cannot check anyone in early.

 

When and where is orientation?

Orientation is from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room. After the orientation session, you will have a short meeting with your instructor and classmates in your studio, followed by a welcome reception on the deck.

Do I need to bring anything to orientation?

Please bring the welcome packet that was provided at check-in with you to the orientation. You do not need to bring anything else, unless a specific request was made by your instructor.

Faculty, Student, and Special Events

What does a week look like?

The week begins on Sunday evening with a brief orientation session and a welcome reception. Monday through Friday, a continental breakfast is provided on the courtyard from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM. Classes will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description in the online catalog. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, the week’s faculty will give readings or artist talks. Thursday is Student Night. It begins at 4:30 PM with a reception coinciding with Student Night Open Studios, where visual arts students can showcase their work from the week, followed at 5:30 PM by Student Night Readings, where students in writing workshops will have the opportunity to read aloud. The week ends on Saturday. All students staying on-site must check out of their apartments by noon. (The week’s schedule will be included in your welcome packet and is available online here.)

When are the faculty talks?

Each week’s faculty will give a scheduled reading or artist talk at 5:00 PM on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening.

When is Student Night?

Thursday night is student night, which includes Open Studios and open-mic Student Night Readings. Student Night begins at 4:30 PM. Details of Student Night will be included in your welcome packet. (We celebrate Student Night on Thursday because many students leave directly after class on Friday, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to share their work.)

Are there any special events at the Fine Arts Work Center during the summer?

Yes. The Work Center offers a summer-long exhibition in our Hudson D. Walker Gallery, as well as our fabulous Summer Awards Celebration and occasional other special events. Please see our Events page for details.

Program Amenities

What amenities are available on-site?

There is a computer lab, art gallery, bookstore, laundry facilities, and a student lounge with kitchen facilities on-site. The computer lab, student lounge, and kitchen facilities are available 24 hours a day. The laundry facilities are available for a few hours on select evenings.

Are the visual arts studios open outside of workshop times?

Yes. Students have 24-hour access to visual arts studios.

What is in the computer lab? Do I have to pay to use it?

The computer lab has Mac computers, printers, a scanner, and a copy machine. We ask for a ten cent donation per copy.

Do I have to pay to do laundry?

Yes. The laundry facilities are coin-operated. Please bring quarters and laundry detergent.

What is in the student lounge? Can off-site students use it too?

The student lounge includes a seating area, in addition to a fully-equipped kitchen area. Students staying off-site are welcome to use these facilities. The student lounge is open 24 hours a day.

Are meals included?

A continental breakfast is provided from 8:30 AM–9:00 AM, Monday through Friday. There is also a welcome reception featuring light snacks and drinks on Sunday, and a Student Night reception featuring light snacks and drinks on Thursday. You are on your own for all other meals.

Can I mail myself a package?

Yes. If you need to receive any mail while you are taking a workshop, please address the package to yourself at 24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Packages received for students and faculty will be placed in the student lounge.

Can I park my bike on-site?

Yes. All students and faculty are welcome to use the bike racks outside of the Barn.

Does FAWC have bikes on-site I can use?

No. We encourage you to bring your own bike. All FAWC Summer Workshop participants can get discounts at local bike rentals.

Are there public bathrooms on-site?

Yes. There are two bathrooms (one ADA accessible) just off of the Stanley Kunitz Common Room.

Are there water fountains on-site?

Yes. There is a water bubbler with hot and cold water in the lounge and a drinking fountain adjacent to the public bathrooms.

Where can I get groceries nearby?

There are several small grocery stores within walking distance and a Stop and Shop within biking/driving distance. The addresses for these stores will be provided in your welcome packet upon arrival.

FAWC Programs and Policies

What is FAWC doing to promote its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals?

We are committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for people from systematically marginalized communities. Our aim is to nurture a community in which we all hold ourselves and each other accountable, celebrate difference, and work with integrity to build the trust necessary to make creative connections. To learn more, please visit our DEI Resources page on our website.

Why are there only classes in the summer?

The summer months are the only time our studios are available for workshops. During the rest of the year they are occupied by various artist residencies.

What does FAWC do the rest of the year?

From October 1st to April 30th every year, FAWC welcomes ten writing and ten visual arts fellows who live and work on-site. There are also other, shorter residencies, and special events such as FAWC Fridays and Fellow Showcases throughout the rest of the year.

Can I come back to FAWC outside of the summer program?

Yes. If you have taken a class with us before, or have been a faculty member or Fellow, you can return to FAWC for a week or more before or after the Summer Workshop Program for a Returning Residency, where you are able to rent studios and apartments at a reduced rate. Anyone can join us for one or two weeks during our Summer Project Residency in June. There are also a number of other invitation-only residencies every year. Check out our Additional Residencies page on our website to learn more. Our online writing workshop program, 24PearlStreet, is also available year round.

Checking Out

How do I check out?

If you are staying onsite with us, simply leave your key on a table in your apartment upon your departure. Please leave the apartment as tidy as you found it and bring any garbage to the dumpsters outside.

 

If you have any questions not addressed on this page, please email Summer Program Manager Sara Siegel at ssiegel@fawc.org.

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