Program Details


What to Expect

Each day Workshop Fellows will receive instruction from faculty and staff, listen to lectures from industry professionals, and work individually with advisors and collaboratively with their cohort on a real-world project.


Sunday, June 24 – Friday, July 27, 2018*

* Fellows who register for the workshop commit to completing a series of preliminary exercises throughout the month of June before arriving.


The program is open to graduating seniors, those who have already graduated (alumni of any college or university), current graduate students, or people with significant relevant experience. (Those who need a visa to enter the US should apply for a student F-1 visa.)


Applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 30, 2018. Students will be informed as soon as a decision is made, but no later than one month after applying.

To be considered for a scholarship, your application must be in by March 31, 2018.

(NOTE: The deadline for applications to be considered for scholarships has been extended to April 15, 2018.)


We are dedicated to increasing accessibility for people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and so offer many reduced tuition scholarships and a number of full fellowships — making the program affordable for more participants and enabling us to work with colleges, universities, and other institutions to shape rich and diverse cohorts.

Each year the Los Angeles Review of Books will also enroll free of charge two USC students or alumni, to be distinguished as LARB-USC Scholarship Fellows. Those interested in this scholarship, please indicate so on the application.

Check with your institution to see if it supports publishing scholarships.

Workshop Costs


Tuition for the Workshop is $4500 and covers all instruction, field trips, and group activities. This cost does not cover room, board, or any personal expenses incurred by participants.

A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to secure your spot when you register for the program. The remainder, including the cost of tuition and, if applicable, housing and/or meals, is due no later than May 1, 2018. (Fellows accepted late in the process will have two weeks to pay in full.)

* All costs for housing, meals, and parking quoted below represent 2017 costs. Fees are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.



The Workshop offers housing on the USC campus from June 24 – July 27 for a cost of:
  • $1,716 (+ 14% LA City bed tax) for double occupancy (two people per room in a one or multi-bedroom apartment)
  • $2,046 (+ 14% LA City bed tax) for single occupancy (one person per room in a multi-bedroom apartment)
  • $2,211 (+ 14% LA City bed tax) for single occupancy (one person per room in a one-bedroom apartment)

All apartments are air-conditioned with kitchens.

Floor plan and descriptions are available at:

A linen packet (pillowcase, top and bottom bed sheets, two [2] bath towels and facecloth) is provided along with pillow and blanket.

Please indicate on your application whether or not you would like to reserve housing and whether you prefer single occupancy (one or multi-room apartment) or double occupancy.

Payment for housing is due upon registration for the program and is non-refundable.


Health Fees:

Students in the program are required by USC to have health insurance throughout the duration of the program as well as to enroll in the Engemann Student Health Center, which is on campus and open:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The fee for the health center is $120. If you are uninsured, please contact us about the cost of Aetna insurance for the duration of the program.



The USC campus is host to restaurants, coffee shops, and snack vendors. The adjacent USC Village also has a Trader Joe’s, Target, and additional restaurants. With the exception of keynote speaker luncheons, Fellows are responsible for their own meals.


Transportation / Parking:

Parking passes are available at USC for $12.00/day (Summer 2017 rates; subject to change without notice); weekly and monthly passes are also available. The program staff will provide information for all registered participants about parking and other transportation options in the orientation materials that students receive before the beginning of the program.

The Metro Expo and Silver lines stop at USC, as well as numerous bus lines.



For more information or questions about the program, email us at: